Civil Proceedings

If a diving incident has resulted in death or injury to a diver, it is highly likely that a civil claim will result.

An instructor or supervisor will be deemed to owe a duty of care to the divers they are responsible for: irrespective of whether the diving activity is recreational or professional.


If you are the injured party you may wish to have legal advice on the issue of liability prior to issuing a claim. Given the cost implications of civil proceedings, it is vital you are able to get quality legal advice early so you can make an informed decision as to how to proceed.

We can also assist with drafting particulars of claim and provide legal representation if liability is denied and the claim goes to court.


If you have been issued with proceedings in the civil courts, you will need to respond and provide a defence. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case and how best to respond to the allegations made against you.

You may well have diving insurance which will cover the cost of legal advice and representation.

We can give you initial advice so you can best decide how to proceed and defend the claim, and draft your defence for you. If the matter goes to court, we can arrange for you to be represented by an experienced barrister who understands diving.