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Cari Sowden-Taylor

Cari is a Partner and Joint Head of the National Serious Injury Team which won “Claimant Catastrophic Injury Team of the Year” at the PI Awards 2021.

Cari specialises in representing adult and child claimants who have sustained life changing injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, limb loss and polytrauma following road traffic collisions, injuries at work and assaults. Cari is passionate about ensuring that her clients access specialist rehabilitation and support as early as possible in order to achieve the best recovery and liaises with her clients (and families where appropriate), case managers, treating clinicians, expert witnesses and support teams to ensure that the best possible outcome (both in terms of compensation and rehabilitation) is reached for her clients.

Bringing claims against insurance companies, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and local authorities, Cari has recovered many millions of pounds in compensation for her clients.

For each client she works with, Cari sets up a bespoke team of highly qualified professionals including leading counsel and specialist juniors, excellent medico-legal experts and skilled therapists in order to provide the best support to her clients.

Given the nature of her clients’ injuries, Cari liaises closely with the Court of Protection team for those clients who lack the capacity to manage their financial affairs and property.

Cari enjoys working collaboratively with individuals and organisations (such as NHS clinicians, police and emergency services, rehab providers, charities, defendant solicitors and insurers) who share her belief that we should all work together in the best interests of injured people.

Accreditations and memberships

  • Chair of Trustees at Headway Cardiff and South East Wales
  • Trustee of the Wales Mobility and Driving Assessment Service
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers ( APIL)
  • Spinal Injuries Association ( SIA) panel solicitor
  • Headway UK panel solicitor
  • Brake panel solicitor
  • Horatio’s Garden (spinal injury charity) regional partner
  • UKABIF (United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum) panel solicitor
  • Limbless Association panel solicitor


Chambers and Partners 2023: Cari is ranked as a “Band 1” lawyer.

Legal 500, 2023: Cari Sowden-Taylor is a “Leading Individual”.

Recent high value settlements

  • £13.75 million traumatic brain injury involving professional negligence [2022] ( QB)
  • £6.75 million spinal cord injury [2021] ( QB)
  • £3 million lump sum plus £28,500 per annum periodical payment for traumatic brain injury [2022] (QB)
  • £500,000 CICA claim for traumatic brain injury [2020]
  • £3.3 million traumatic brain injury [2019] (QB)

Work History

Cari qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and was appointed a partner at Hugh James in 2016.

Additional languages spoken

Cari is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Cari Sowden-Taylor is praised for her client-oriented approach and technical knowledge. She focuses on brain and spinal injury claims connected with RTAs.

Chambers and Partners

Cari is an outstanding solicitor in all respects.

Chambers and Partners

She’s very committed and cares about claimants under her watch. She is very responsive whenever I have an issue I need to raise with her.

Chambers and Partners

Cari is a class act.

Chambers and Partners

She is very thorough, good at discussing difficult issues with professionals and holds the client at the centre of her work.

Chambers & Partners

Cari Sowden-Taylor is kind and a pleasure to work with.

The Legal 500

Cari Sowden-Taylor is praised for her client-oriented approach and technical knowledge.

Chambers & Partners

Cari Sowden-Taylor focuses on brain and spinal injury claims connected to RTAs. One client highlights her “excellent level of specialist knowledge regarding complex conditions and legal processes.”

Chambers & Partners

The ‘outstanding’ Cari Sowden-Taylor has a ‘lovely manner with clients’

The Legal 500

We couldn’t have had a better solicitor. So knowledgeable and efficient, yet the most kind, caring and understanding friend all rolled into one, at a time when few people could really understand what my injury had done to me.


No words can express how much we have appreciated all your help and hard work over the last few years. We are truly grateful. Thank you so much.


Can I once again say how appreciative I am of all the hard work you and all your team at Hugh James put in on my behalf. I have no doubt that without your perseverance and attention to detail we would not have achieved anything near the outcome.


Cari Sowden-Taylor is ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘client focused’.

The Legal 500