Maud LepezLegal Director
"Maud Lepez is a clever and savvy operator. She is a delight to work with."Legal 500 2023
Maud Lepez is a respected travel personal injury lawyer. She regularly advises on fatal incident claims and cases concerning catastrophic brain and spinal injuries sustained abroad, particularly in France.Chambers and Partners 2023
Very knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer who gets good outcomes on her cases… she has a good understanding of French law and is very thorough and perceptive.Chambers and Partners 2022
Maud is a bilingual, dual-qualified lawyer with 20 years’ experience in personal injury cross-border litigation in England and France.
During her career, Maud has acted for claimants and defendants in personal injury litigation and this gives her a strategic mindset, anticipating what the other side will say.
Within the English jurisdiction, Maud has dealt with cases involving the laws of France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland, Andorra and Lithuania.
In her French practice, Maud also acts for clients based in other English-speaking countries, such as the US and Australia, who need an English-speaking French lawyer.
An expert in private international law, Maud has succeeded in some of the most important cases in the last few years on jurisdiction, pre- and post-Brexit: Klifa v Slater & Anor  EWHC 427 (QB), Tate v Allianz IARD  EWHC 3227 (QB), and applicable law under the Rome II Regulation: Owen v Galgey  EWHC 3546 (QB).
She deals with various types of cases including road traffic accidents, skiing and snowboarding accidents, falls, slip and trips, and focusses on the most serious cases including brain injuries, spinal injuries and fatal accidents.
She is often instructed as a French law expert by other solicitors and provides legal opinions and French law expert reports for the English courts.
Maud always has her clients’ interests at heart and is a good listener who understands clients’ needs and goals. She communicates complex issues of foreign law and procedure in an intelligible way and in the client’s own language and is proactive in finding solutions within time and money constraints.
Maud is an accredited member of APIL (Senior Litigator and Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Specialist), a member of PEOPIL, the Franco-British Lawyers’ Society and the European Expertise and Experts Institute. She regularly speaks at international conferences and has presented several webinars in France and in England.
- Defended a French ski instructor and his insurer in a claim brought in the English court by a British sportsman who became paraplegic as a result of an avalanche during an off-piste skiing outing. This case involved a dispute on liability and on the quantum of damages, both subject to French law. Successfully achieved a reduction of liability by 30% and an assessment of damages in excess of £2m.
- Acted for a young French man, who was a pedestrian hit by a car in England and suffered a brain injury which affected his career prospects. Liability was disputed throughout (under English law) and the claim settled three weeks before trial for the global sum of £600,000 net of a split of liability (confidential).
- Successfully pursued, in the English jurisdiction, the second claim (aggravation claim under French law) of a British victim of an accident in France and achieved three times the award of the first claim pursued in France.