batteries for bike lights, AA are out , lithium are in.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | January 6, 2020 | Uncategorized

Not the sexiest of subjects but the kind of tiny thing that can make a life or death difference. The back light on my bike (Boardman racer ,not anywhere near as good as the Boardman racer that was nicked while I was queueing for a turkey three Christmases ago) has been dead for days and […]

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Settlements galore Xmas 2019

by Kevin O'Sullivan | December 23, 2019 | Uncategorized

It’s been a phenomally busy end to 2019 at Cycle Legal. A barrister told a client in a November conference that ”insurers tend to be more generous coming up to Xmas”, less to do with the festive spirit (fat chance !) and more because they want cases off their books by the year end. We […]

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Head Injury = No Recollection

by Kevin O'Sullivan | November 23, 2019 | Uncategorized

We deal with so many cases where our client , as a result of the head injury , cannot recall how the accident occurred. Insurers will seek to take advantage of this , especially if there are no witnesses as there are so often are not. It’s when physical pieces of evidence , eg the […]

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Hit and Run in Islington,police too under resourced to catch the driver.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | November 11, 2019 | Uncategorized

Government cuts denying access to justice.

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Uber avoiding responsibility

by Kevin O'Sullivan | October 24, 2019 | Uncategorized

I’ve blogged before on this issue, Uber  and Addison Lee passengers opening doors into the path of  cyclists. It’s likely to be a recurring theme, since they are determined ,and they have the resources of course , to avoid liability for the acts of their passengers. In a current case, they have inserted an exclusion […]

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Another Uber passenger,another injured cyclist.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | October 15, 2019 | Uncategorized

This time, it’s an ongoing case and a long chat today with a barrister over the use of a vehicle and whether the passenger’s act in opening the door constitutes use of the vehicle. It seems to me that large scale insurers , eg Uber and Addison Lee , are deliberately putting into their insurance […]

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Head Injured Cyclist , Risk of Epilepsy

by Kevin O'Sullivan | September 28, 2019 | Uncategorized

We finished a claim this week for ,Jack, a software developer client who had a head injury following a lorry collision .He was cycling with friends to go climbing one Saturday near Elephant and Castle when the cycling accident happened. Like many head injured cyclists, his memory of the accident was hazy and we had […]

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Success against an Uber door opening passenger !

by Kevin O'Sullivan | July 30, 2019 | Uncategorized

Delighted to report a success against the mighty Uber in a claim against one of their drivers. The unusual feature was that it was a passenger , not the driver , who opened the door. Representing cyclists for so long means that we have extensive experience of these cases and insurers of cab companies often […]

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High Court Hearings

by Kevin O'Sullivan | July 16, 2019 | Uncategorized

Looking forward to two back to back hearings tomorrow at the Royal Courts of Justice,one of the lovely things about running your own firm is doing your own advocacy.I had to request the listings office at the High Court to move one hearing an hour back since they were both listed at the same time […]

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Payout for woman who walked in front of cyclist.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | June 19, 2019 | Cycle Legal News

I was telephoned last night ,while watching the Tory leadership debate, to be invited for an interview on LBC this morning on the Nick Ferrari show about this case , just decided at 50/50 at Central London County Court. Sadly, some breaking news meant they couldn’t cover the story this am but it’s a fascinating […]

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success in Portsmouth ! Hip replacement likely following cycle accident.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | June 17, 2019 | Uncategorized

Successfully concluded a substantial case last week for a cyclist badly injured at a roundabout in Southampton by a DVD van driver who failed to give way . Client in his 40’s was transferred from Portsmouth to Southampton because of the complexity of his fracture.  Liabilty fully admitted although the insurers needed considerable pressure before […]

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london walking and cycling festival , Guildhall.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | May 29, 2019 | Uncategorized

Did a presentation for the second year running on my Cycle to the Lane idea for Spurs fans to cycle to their new ground. The best thing about doing a talk like this is the ideas that you hadn’t thought of which people suggest to you afterwards and the people you get talking to. Made […]

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Cycle to the Lane

by Kevin O'Sullivan | April 12, 2019 | Uncategorized

So I cycled to Spurs on their opening night , a fairly wild night of weather that would have deterred a few fairweather cyclists . But the transport headache that was already bad enough in the old ground were much worse in the new one, the small matter of 25,000 extra fans of course. Biggest […]

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Cycle to the Lane

by Kevin O'Sullivan | April 3, 2019 | Uncategorized

After many months of interminable delay,the Spurs ground is finally opening for business tonight and while I won’t be going to the actual game I am planning to visit the ground (on two wheels of course) to take a look at how the transport infrastructure will cope for the first time with the extra 25,000 […]

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epic cycle for me, just another ordinary day for some.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | February 12, 2019 | Uncategorized

Excited about a long cycle to Wimbledon tomorrow for my last day on a brain injury course.13.2 miles Strava says it is from Stoke Newington to Wimbledon. My daily cycle commute is less than half a mile and I meet so many cyclists in my work who travel big distances like 13 miles each morning. […]

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coast to coast on the santander hire scheme

by Kevin O'Sullivan | January 23, 2019 | Uncategorized

I had the pleasure this week of attending a head injury course for two days in Wimbledon. This meant a lovely long cycle .With my bike in the bike shop, it was hire bike time and I did a real coast to coast , well in London terms. I’ve long campaigned for Santander and Barclays […]

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Cycling Action Plan, more progress…!

by Kevin O'Sullivan | December 18, 2018 | Uncategorized

I’ve spent more time than I should today reading the TFL Cycling Action Plan which is an impressive piece of work. Why ? It’s a long term document, trying to look ahead not just to the next mayoral term but to 2024 and even to 2040 with objectives of cycling rates in mind. What I […]

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punishing climbs !

by Kevin O'Sullivan | October 26, 2018 | Uncategorized

My sister has three weeks ago given birth to a baby girl, hooray!, and lives on the Friern Barnet side of Muswell Hill. This is one serious amount of hilly cycling . On the way back to Stoke Newington, I counted two stiff climbs, one up Colney Hatch Lane and a stiffer up Crouch Hill […]

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Cycle boxes need the same legal status of yellow box junctions,Carla Roman… .

by Kevin O'Sullivan | September 22, 2018 | Uncategorized

Yesterday , the HGV driver was sentenced to 15 months for Carla’s death by careless driving which he denied.What stands out in this case is that the driver freely admitted that he occupied the cycle box deliberately, so that he ”wouldn’t be swarmed by cyclists .” This shows in my view how much the motorists’ […]

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Dalston hit and run

by Kevin O'Sullivan | September 13, 2018 | Uncategorized

Saw the very sad news last night that the pedestrian involved in a collision with a cyclist on an ebike in Dalston over a week ago has died. I had been following the story in the hope that she would make it but sadly not. These incidents of pedestrians being injured or killed by a […]

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Hackney Marshes and the Olympic Park

by Kevin O'Sullivan | September 4, 2018 | Uncategorized

Being able to walk 15 minutes to work or cycle it in 5 minutes is a lovely position to be in. A slight downside for me is not being able to enjoy the workout of a more demanding cycle ride. Partly as a result , my lady and I have taken to cycling east to […]

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Dalston hit and run

by Kevin O'Sullivan | August 30, 2018 | Uncategorized

Impossible really for this case in the last 24 hours (cyclist hits pedestrian in Dalston and flees the scene )not to give me mixed feelings. I have dealt with so many hit and run cases for cyclists over the years and have several ongoing at present. I always do. Cyclists (and pedestrians ) are disproportionately […]

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Death by dangerous cycling ? Really ?

by Kevin O'Sullivan | August 13, 2018 | Uncategorized

Government proposals to introduce a dangerous cycling law just show how lop sided their priorities are .450 pedestrians killed on UK roads in 2016 and 3 of them by cyclists.Yes, a law that describes ‘wanton and furious cycling’ is clearly a law for another time and needs updating but it’s cyclists who need more protection, […]

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Victory at Central London County Court !

by Kevin O'Sullivan | July 26, 2018 | Uncategorized

After 5 years of litigation , we settled a case at the court door on Monday . My client, a secondary school teacher , could not pursue his hobby of football refereeing and our case was that he may have gone on to do this professionally. A particular outrage was that the defendants raised dishonesty […]

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Cycle to the Lane

by Kevin O'Sullivan | June 27, 2018 | Uncategorized

Excited about meeting with George Parkinson of Spurs tomorrow am at the Spurs ground to discuss our campaign to ENABLE ,not encourage , Spurs fans to cycle to the new ground when it opens in September. We still retain our ambition to have hundreds of hire bikes outside Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale stations in […]

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Great wins for cyclists

by Kevin O'Sullivan | June 18, 2018 | Uncategorized

We have celebrated several wins for cyclists at Cycle Legal in recent months, a settlement for a lady’s broken foot from a lorry turning left (ltl) after a long running denial ; a 25% win close to a liability only trial for a client who was accused by a witness of going on to the […]

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by Kevin O'Sullivan | May 26, 2018 | Uncategorized


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Cycle to the Lane

by Kevin O'Sullivan | February 2, 2018 | Uncategorized

it’s exactly two years since i first suggested to Spurs that the way to tackle the transport nightmare awaiting them when they open their swanky new ground in August 2018 is to encourage their fans to cycle to the ground. Since then , dockless hire bikes have exploded in the capital making this idea even […]

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Alliston Case

by Kevin O'Sullivan | September 18, 2017 | Uncategorized

Charlie Alliston was sentenced today to 18 months for ‘wanton and furious’ cycling resulting in the tragic death of a pedestrian Mrs Kim Briggs. Alliston was rightly jailed in my view but this sentence does not remotely compare with the laughably lenient sentences handed out to motorists over the years who kill / seriously injure […]

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Chetwynd and York,NW5.

by Kevin O'Sullivan | September 11, 2017 | Uncategorized

Difficult time at present , dad’s close to passing in a hospice in Hampstead after being in the Whittington Hospital in nearby Highgate since mid June.One of the only chinks of light has been the cycle trips to and from ,particularly since he’s been in Hampstead. The hills to climb on the leafy backstreets in […]

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Dunwich Dynamo 2017

by Kevin O'Sullivan | July 11, 2017 | Cycle Enthusiast

Nocturnal cycling to the beach !

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Dunwich here we come !

by Kevin O'Sullivan | July 8, 2017 | Uncategorized

Tonight will be the fourth time I’m joining 1000 or so others in London Fields at 7ish to begin the 120 mile cycle through the night to the beach in Dunwich. It never loses its appeal . Essex through the night , Suffolk in the dawn …Last year there were 3 of us , tonight […]

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Submission to APPCG Justice Enquiry

by koscycle | January 23, 2017 | APPCG Justice Enquiry

The overwhelming issue of the moment is how Government cuts to public services are impacting upon criminal justice in cycling cases.

One of the best things about early instruction after an RTA is that local authority or TFL CCTV should be available within a 30 day window, after which it is deleted.

To my amazement, when a client of mine was seriously injured on a very busy main road, Vauxhall Bridge Road, the police did not automatically request from TFL the footage that was clearly present to inform the police investigation.

Because I was instructed within 30 days, I was able to obtain the footage myself and forward it to the police to consider and review their investigation after they had already closed their enquiries.It is only this footage that now gives my client any chance of winning his civil case after sustaining a life-changing leg injury. He should have been able to rely on the police to do this for him.

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Another bike stolen!

by Kevin O'Sullivan | January 6, 2017 | Uncategorized

I can’t help but feel some personal responsibility for this one. It was Xmas Eve and it usually falls to me to join the butchers’ queue on Church Street. I parked my bike outside The Spence. Once the turkey arrived (after an hour of a queue ), I knew it wouldn’t fit in the panniers […]

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“Axe Roadhumps to Save Lives”

by Kevin O'Sullivan | December 1, 2016 | Uncategorized

Speedhumps with gaps please …!

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Hire bike scheme great for a one way trip !

by Kevin O'Sullivan | November 4, 2016 | Uncategorized

It occurred to me some time ago that the hire bike scheme (on which I’m campaigning to be fully extended into zone 2, more of that another time) is perfect when you’re only going one way by bicycle. Last night, I was at a presentation at my son’s school in Pimlico and knew me and him […]

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by koscycle | October 3, 2016 | Bicycle Accident Claims

After a car pulled out of a side road without due care, it forces the cyclist to lose control and cause both damage and injury. Kevin O’Sullivan dealt with the claim on behalf of the cyclist and made a claim against the car driver.

The cyclist suffered injuries, including grazing/road rash all down the left hand side of their body.

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Cycle Accident Claim – Hillmarton Road & Parkhurst Road, London

by koscycle | July 12, 2016 | Bicycle Accident Claims

Cycle accident claim which Cycle Legal Solicitor Kevin O’Sullivan acted for the injured cyclist. Whilst waiting at a ‘Give Way’ line, the cyclist was suddenly hit from behind by a bus pulling up to the junction with Hillmarton Road and Parkhurst Road. The claim was later settled.

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Cycle Legal makes history as First Ever UK Cycling Law Firm

by koscycle | April 15, 2016 | Cycle Legal News

The UK’s first ever stand-alone cycle law firm launches this Friday evening, 15 April, at premier London Cycle Café, Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX Cycle Legal based in London at the heart of the UK’s cycling revolution was founded by committed cyclist and specialist in cycling law, Kevin O’Sullivan. Kevin developed […]

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The UK’s Only Dedicated Cycle Injury Solicitors

by koscycle | March 18, 2016 | Cycle Accident Advice

Cycle Legal only deals with Cycle Injury cases. It is the UK’s first ‘cycle only legal firm, run by solicitor and cycle enthusiast Kevin O’Sullivan.

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by koscycle | September 1, 2014 | Cycle Legal News

Kevin O’Sullivan attends the LCC’s first Campaigners Conference on the 8th September. “I’ll be hoping to discuss ways getting cycle lanes alongside railway lines. I’m also looking forward to working out how we can make the most of the post Olympic feel good factor around cycling.”

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