Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence

Bar Awards Winner 2013 Legal 500 UK Awards winner

 2013 personal injury and clinical negligence Set of The Year

A chambers with an impressive reputation in clinical negligence, it houses a
group of barristers
with vast collective knowledge and experience in the field.
Chambers & Partners 2014 

We provide specialist advice and advocacy to both claimants and defendants in all aspects of clinical negligence and in a wide range of other healthcare work. 

Our clinical negligence and healthcare work covers claims involving doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals. We are frequently instructed in the most demanding and highest value cases, including birth injury and other serious neurological injuries. We act both for patients and their families and for bodies such as the NHS Litigation Authority and the medical defence organisations.

In the wider healthcare field, we represent families, professionals and other interested persons at coroner’s inquests. We advise patients, doctors, NHS Trusts and regulatory bodies on law and policy in this area, including public law and human rights. We appear in the range of tribunals where healthcare issues can arise, including the Administrative Court and the Court of Protection. We act in disciplinary and criminal proceedings involving doctors and other healthcare professionals, as well as dealing with the associated contractual and employment disputes: see our section on Disciplinary and Regulatory work for further details.

We have wide experience of multi-party clinical negligence litigation, public inquiries, internal NHS reviews and other extra judicial investigations. Indeed, in the last two decades our barristers have regularly been instructed in the most important and complex as well as high profile cases in this field: from the Kennedy Inquiry into paediatric cardiac surgery in Bristol and the Shipman Inquiry, to more recently the Thompstone periodical payment indexation cases and the inquests into patient deaths at Gosport Hospital.

 ‘a wide range of high-quality counsel to choose from at all levels’,  
Legal 500, 2013

For further information contact Graham Woods, Business Development Director on 020 7353 6381.

  • Clinical negligence
    • Cerebral Palsy
      Other obstetric Injuries
      Neo-natal Injury
      Spinal Surgery
  • Healthcare
    • Confidentiality
      Consent to treatment and Court of Protection
      Discrimination and equal opportunities issues
      Employment, public law and criminal aspects of healthcare law
      Human Rights Act 1998 issues
      Mental health law
      Professional discipline and criminal proceedings
      Regulation of independent hospitals and health facilities
      Reproductive rights and embryology
      Responsibilities of health and social care bodies
      Statutory consultation on proposed changes to health service provision

Prominent multi-party claims in which we have been involved include the Devon Breast Screening claims, the Nationwide Organ Group litigation and the Leicester Royal Infirmary epilepsy cases.

We have been instructed in many of the most significant health-related inquiries in recent years, including Bristol Royal Infirmary, Shipman, Royal Brompton Hospital, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Richard Neale and Clifford Ayling.

  • 25.08.2013; CLT’s Healthcare Regulation Conference
    James Counsell on the speakers panel
  • 26.09.2013; APIL Annual Clinical Negligence Conference
    members of Chambers attending
  • 08.10.2013; AvMA, Leeds, NHS Outsourcing Patrick Sadd
    James Counsell and Jonathan Hand on the speakers panel
  • 21.11.2013; MDU Training Day;
    speakers include Outer Temple members
  • Jan 2014; Chambers Clinical Negligence annual drinks reception

Members of Chambers are invited to give presentations on various topics including fatal accidents; NHS outsourcing; clinical negligence post Jackson and other clinical negligence issues. For more information, or to book a place on our events contact Helen Brew Gerlach on 0207 427 4966.

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