Christopher Gibson QC

Call date: 1976 Appointed Queen's Counsel: 1995
Email: Christopher Gibson QC Clerk: Graham Woods
Areas of Law: Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence
Practice summary

Christopher Gibson practises in all types of high value clinical negligence and Personal Injury cases. He has extensive experience in cases involving injuries of maximum severity including, in particular, cases of cerebral palsy involving birth injuries to children where allegations are made in respect of the obstetric and neonatal management.

He has experience of psychiatric cases, involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cases where the injury is secondary to clinical negligence, as well as cases of psychiatric negligence.  He also undertakes non-medical personal injury cases, and he has considerable expertise in legal negligence cases arising out of personal injury and medical cases where the allegation is that they have been mishandled or under-settled.

As a legally qualified chair of Fitness to Practise Committees of the General Pharmaceutical Council he builds on his extensive regulatory experience.

He settles cases and takes them to trial as well. Bailey v. Ministry of Defence was an important case on a point of law establishing the principle of “material contribution” in the field of clinical negligence; the case of XXX v. A Health Authority was a case of catastrophic injuries in which most almost all aspects of quantum were in dispute, and the value of the claim was in excess of £9m.

According to Chambers and Partners solicitors find him an absolute "joy to work with." He is said to be a "very incisive advocate" who is "particularly good with clients." He can easily deal with complicated cases that require a wide range of medical expertise.

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A selection of recent cases
  • Bailey v. Ministry of Defence
  • The case of Bailey is an important case on causation establishing the principle of “material contribution” causation in clinical negligence cases. The Claimant suffered catastrophic brain damage after negligent care in the post-operative period. Liability was established on the basis that the negligence contributed to the brain damage even though it could not be established that the brain damage would not have occurred in the absence of the negligence.

 

  • Fenton v. Independence Homes
  • This was a case in which a Claimant with intractable epilepsy suffered further serious brain damage as a result of a fall while unsupervised in the home that should have been caring for her. The case involved difficult quantum issues where the Claimant already had extensive care needs prior to the injury for which the Defendants were liable. It also raised important issues with periodical payments where there was a limit to the maximum payment.

 

  • Joseph Davies v. East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust (Confidential)
  • This was a case where the Claimant suffered a head injury and a spinal injury resulting in paraplegia when he tried to commit suicide by lying under a train. The claim was against a mental health team which allowed him to leave the ward when he was to be admitted on a voluntary basis. He should have been prevented from leaving and detained for his own safety. The quantum aspect also raised many difficulties because of the Claimant’s underlying mental illness.

 

  • Shane Barrett v. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kink’s Lynn NHS Trust (Confidential)
  • Claimant suffered catastrophic brain injuries/cerebral palsy as a result of foetal distress when he should have been delivered urgently by caesarean section. The case involved difficult issues in both liability and quantum. The case was settled at 85% of full liability with a lump sum and periodical payments. Capitalised the total settlement was worth in the region of £5.5M.

 

  • Martin Jacques v. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority
  • The Claimant’s wife was admitted to hospital in Hong Kong having suffered an epileptic fit. She suffered a further observed fit in hospital and attempts to resuscitate her failed and she died. The case involved complex and difficult issues relating to epilepsy and neurology. Our lead expert was an Australian Neurologist who had trained, worked and taught in Hong Kong hospitals. There were also a number of issues in respect of quantum, including the Claimant who had a claim as a secondary victim for nervous shock as well as a fatal accidents act claim.
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Christopher Gibson QC, has a ‘charming courtroom manner’ Clinical negligence and healthcare Legal 500, 2013

Instructing solicitors commend his "fantastic client manner," while clients themselves remark on how he gently guides them through what can be intensely stressful litigation. Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners, 2013

Highly recommended Christopher Gibson QC is "a pleasure to work with" and "a powerful advocate" who offers "rigorous legal analysis and steadfast judgement." Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners, 2013

Christopher Gibson QC, who brings ‘a wealth of experience and an assured approach that puts clients at ease’. Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2012

Solicitors find Christopher Gibson QC, an absolute "joy to work with." He is a "very incisive advocate" who is "particularly good with clients." He can easily deal with complicated cases that require a wide range of medical expertise. Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2012

Christopher Gibson QC, who applies his "top-class brain" to a heavy caseload. A man who displays "great sensitivity" to clients, he has handled a range of high-value cases, many of them dealing with perinatal and neonatal injuries. Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2012