Submission to APPCG Justice Enquiry

My name is Kevin O’Sullivan and I am a personal injury lawyer of 25 years experience. For the last 15 years I have almost exclusively represented cyclists in cases arising from road accidents, mostly in London. Injuries have ranged from cuts and bruises to those of the utmost severity, severe brain damage, multiple orthopaedic injuries, serious scarring cases (from going under a HGV) and significant psychiatric consequences – many of my clients refuse to cycle again after a serious accident. I’ve personally conducted two inquests for tragic cyclist fatalaties and appear regularly in the media on cycling law. In January 2016, I set up the UK’s first ever law firm that acts just for cyclists, Cycle Legal. Although I am a civil lawyer, a central part of every cycling personal injury case is to closely monitor a police investigation and prosecution, and support my client throughout this lengthy process, although I have no direct involvement since it is of course a matter of the state against the defendant driver and my client is a witness for the prosecution. I will restrict most of my comments to criminal justice, since in my long experience, this is the subject that cyclists care about most greatly, whether criminal justice is served after they have been the victim of a road accident, rather than the financial outcome of any civil case. Criminal justice ,moreover,is where I consider most change should take place for cyclists in the legal system. I will be forwarding to the committee the contact details of clients of mine who have agreed to be contacted and, indeed,wish to speak to...