Chris McKinney


Personal injury

I am national head of the personal injury team at Shoosmiths. I qualified as a solicitor in 1984.
Chris McKinney

I joined Shoosmiths in July 2010. I was previously a partner at Ironsides and Nelsons Solicitors.

I have been undertaking personal injury claims for more than 30 years and only act for the victims of accidents. I act for individuals who have suffered life changing injuries.

I provide support to my clients and their families from my first instruction to the end of their claim making sure I am available and accessible to them and to promote and maximise their recovery by arranging suitable rehabilitation and treatment.

Most of my instructions come from personal referrals from existing and former clients and other professionals. I adopt a sensible, realistic and pragmatic approach in my dealings with other parties and will engage with them to ensure individual claims are progressed to early settlement.

I am a member of the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway Panel and the Professional Negligence Association.

Brain injury

I have a particular interest and specialism in brain injury claims and have won numerous £1m+ compensation claims for the victims of such accidents, and several multi-million pound claims.

I am a member of the Headway Panel. I am a trustee and company secretary of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Headway, and Company Secretary and steering Committee member of the Northampton Acquired Brain Injury Forum.

Spinal injury

I have an expertise in spinal injury cases and have acted for clients who have suffered both quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries, and have negotiated settlement of claims both on a lump sum and annual payments basis.

Cycling Injury

I am a keen weekend cyclist and have cycled regularly since growing up in Sheffield. I now enjoy cycling with my teenage sons.

I have considerable experience of acting for the victims of cycling accidents having done so for more than 30 years and from my own experience as a cyclist am well aware of the particular hazards and risks that cyclists face every day on the roads in this country from the poor state of the roads themselves to the actions of motorists who often seem unaware of the presence of cyclists.

I have successfully concluded claims for serious brain injury and multiple fractures suffered by the victims of cycling accidents.

Amputation injuries

I have undertaken many claims for people who have suffered amputation injuries and catastrophic injuries that have resulted in surgical amputations.

I am currently acting for individuals who have suffered both lower limb and upper limb amputations.


I carry out much of my own advocacy, and regularly appear as an advocate in inquests and in the county and High Court.



'My Solicitor has been brilliant from the beginning through to the end. He helped and guided me through the many ups and downs of a 5 1/2 year compensation claim which was extremely stressful.  Nothing ever seemed too difficult, no question was ever deemed to be too trivial, deadlines were always met well in advance, and every stage, however complicated and confusing, was handled professionally but also compassionately.' (Sally Francis)

The situation I have been involved in has been overwhelming and having such good support from Mr McKinney was the stability I needed and guidance.' (Michelle Aveyard)

'Exceptional service, knowledge, approachability. Professionalism of the highest order.' (Wayne Smith)

'From the initial meeting to discuss my case I felt that I was being dealt with as a person rather than a reference number. All queries I had were answered promptly and thoroughly I would have no hesitation in recommending Shoosmiths.' (Will Stephens)

'Thank you for everything you have done for me over the last few years. You made a stressful time feel easy to understand.' (John Quinn)

‘Things are going well. I decided to leave my job and take a chance on myself. I started work at a new place and there is plenty of scope for responsibility and to grow with the company. Everything feels like we have gone full circle and I am back in control.’ (Injured cyclist)

‘The accident had a devastating impact. Our lives and future plans were turned upside down. Shoosmiths and Chris in particular were a tremendous support throughout and I’m extremely happy with the settlement they achieved.’ (Barrie Martin)

Chambers 2018

Christopher McKinney wins plaudits for his 'excellent professional integrity' and is known for his work in brain, spinal and amputee claims. According to his clients, 'he inspires confidence through his expertise and ability to manage cases in a way that gives the least stress possible'. He is able to totally understand clients ‘needs and how best to communicate them.

Legal 500 2018

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team provides ‘exceptional’ advice and ‘second-to-none expertise’ with a ‘personal touch’. Chris McKinney ‘instils confidence’. 

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