Gordon Bebb QC

Call date: 1975 Appointed Queen's Counsel: 2002
Email: Gordon Bebb QC Clerk: Graham Woods
Areas of Law: Disciplinary & Regulation, Personal Injury, Health & Safety, Clinical Negligence
Practice summary

Identified as a leading silk in professional disciplinary and regulatory law both in Chambers and Legal 500. In the Legal 500 has been described as a "shining star of silk representation".

With a background in both serious crime and high value civil litigation, Gordon Bebb QC has become a specialist in the areas of clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury and regulatory law.

In clinical negligence he is regularly instructed in wrongful birth and cerebral palsy cases. Recently in the CICA he obtained a Cerebral Palsy damages award of £8.5M believed to the largest ever awarded in that jurisdiction.

In personal injuries cases he acts for Claimants with catastrophic spinal and head injuries.

His regulatory practice encompasses Health and Safety and Professional Discipline. He was instructed in the Hatfield train prosecution, the leading case under the old law of corporate manslaughter and he represents companies and individuals in Health and Safety Prosecutions.

In healthcare he is regularly instructed to represent medical practitioners before the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the High Court (Judicial Review) in respect of regulatory breaches and in ancillary criminal prosecutions.

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A selection of recent cases
  • Pearce v HCC
  • Liability of education authority in respect of psychiatric damage caused to lesbian teacher as a result of alleged failure to protect against the taunts of pupils. Claim dismissed.
  • Alan Daniel V (1) Derek Payton Gregory (2) Executors Of Ronald John Betteridge (3) Gregory Wright & Co (A Firm) (2002)
  • [2002] EWCA Civ 566
  • A judge's findings that an agreement for the sale of shares had been entered into following a deceit and that there had been a total failure of consideration were overturned.
  • Le Jones Ltd v Portsmouth City Council
  • LTL 7/11/2002 EXTEMPORE : (2002) EWCA 1723 : (2003) 1 WLR 427 : (2003) BLR 67 : (2002)
  • A local authority, which was responsible for trees on a highway, was liable for subsidence caused by tree roots to a neighbouring property. An agency agreement between the local authority and the highway authority gave sufficient control to have prevented or eliminated the nuisance.
  • Bourne v N
  • Acting for Claimant commercial pilot who suffered from a serious brain injury causing end of her career as a pilot. Case settled for £1.5M.
  • Re Cheetham
  • Advising paraplegic Claimant in respect of liability of stock car race occupiers and race organisers for injuries received whilst taking part in stock car race
Gordon Bebb QC
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"He strikes the right balance between fighting his client's corner while also lending the level of support they need to get through an upsetting experience. He'll fight the good fight but always has that sensitivity you need in this kind of work." Professional discipline, Chambers & partners 2016

"He's a very friendly man who is easy to work with and can see the bigger picture." Professional discipline, Chambers & partners 2016

 ''He has a highly effective, no-nonsense style.'' Professional discipline and regulatory law, Legal 500, 2015

''An extremely approachable silk and a joy to work with; his client care skills are second to none.'' Clinical Negligence, Legal 500, 2015

"He's a QC but he's still very approachable, very helpful. Really imaginative, he finds a way of dealing with very difficult cases and moves matters forward. He's very responsive, and he'll never make you feel as if you're being a nuisance." Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015

Gordon Bebb QC ‘Handles work for doctors, dentists, chiropodists and osteopaths in fitness to practise hearings.’ Professional discipline and regulatory law, Legal 500, 2014

"He listens to what's being said and is prepared to look beyond what is required. He is fast thinking and good on his feet." Professional discipline, Chambers & Partners 2014

Gordon Bebb QC is "hugely knowledgeable" according to sources, who find him courteous, diligent, fast thinking and good on his feet. Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners, 2013

Gordon Bebb QC is ‘very good at clearly putting forward difficult legal arguments’ Professional discipline and regulatory law, Legal 500, 2012

‘a shining star of silk representation‘ Professional discipline and regulatory law, Legal 500, 2009

Appointments & memberships:

  • Recorder (Criminal and Civil)
  • AVMA
  • APIL
  • HSLA
  • CBA