Robert Dickason

Call date: 2007
Email: Robert Dickason Clerk: Graham Woods
Areas of Law: Clinical Negligence, Health & Safety, Disciplinary & Regulation, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Public Law, Specialist Crime
Practice summary

Robert specialises in clinical negligence and health and safety. He also undertakes disciplinary and regulatory work.

He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Junior Counsel (C Panel) from March 2015 to August 2020, primarily undertaking public law, MOD and prisons cases.

Clinical negligence
Robert has extensive clinical negligence experience, acting for claimants and defendants alike at all levels. He receives regular instructions from NHS Trusts and individual clinicians, and in the prisons and MOD contexts.
He understands the sensitivities of NHS work and can be relied upon to turn papers around quickly. He has considerable experience of medical inquests, both for families and Trusts.

His practice spans the full clinical spectrum, but recent instructions have covered obstetrics, paediatrics, ophthalmology, oncology, urology, cardiothoracics, orthopaedics, acute medicine, general practice and cosmetic surgery.
Robert was junior counsel in the first High Court application of the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery, concerning a doctor’s duty to warn of material risks: A v East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 1038 (QB).

Health and safety
Robert has a thriving health and safety practice, appearing in some of the most high profile and complex cases in recent years (Warwickshire Fire, Lakanal House, Sterecycle). He was instructed afresh in the Court of Appeal in R v Wilson [2013] EWCA Crim 1780, and is frequently led by and appearing alongside the established leaders in this field.

He undertakes the full range of contentious and advisory work, representing public authorities, large conglomerates, small and medium businesses, and individual directors and employees. His inquest and personal injury experience enable him to provide holistic advice to his clients from the outset and continuity of representation throughout.

Disciplinary and regulatory
Robert’s disciplinary and regulatory practice is focussed upon medical and police work.

In the medical arena, he represents practitioners before the GMC/MPTS, GDC, GOC, NMC and HCPC, both at substantive and interim hearings. He also advises on and appears at High Court appeals, most recently in Mafico v NMC [2014] EWHC 363 (Admin).

Robert’s police misconduct work is prosecutorial. He receives regular instructions to prepare and present police misconduct hearings and on appeal to the Police Appeals Tribunal.


  • APIL Clinical Negligence text book (causation chapter)
  • APIL Personal Injury loose-leaf (causation chapter)
  • Lissack and Horlick on Bribery (joint author 1st and 2nd editions)
  • An end to strict liability in the workplace? (Butterworths PI newsletter, November 2012)
  • The Chief Coroner’s vision (Personal Injury Law Journal, November 2012)
  • Workplace accidents – changes afoot (PI Brief Update Law Journal, November 2012)
  • Trippers and Slippers (LexisNexis Webinar, August 2012)
  • No leg to stand on: exaggerated injuries and insurer misrepresentation claims (New Law Journal, July 2011)

A selection of recent cases
  • A v East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 1038 (QB)
  • R v Sterecycle (Rotherham) Ltd & ors (2014)
  • Mafico v NMC [2014] EWHC 363 (Admin)
  • R v Wilson [2013] EWCA Crim 1780; [2014] 1 Cr. App. R. 10
  • Lakanal House (2013)
  • Warwickshire Fire (2012) 
Robert Dickason
Select elements

''A reassuring manner with sensitive clients.'' Professional discipline and regulatory law, Legal 500, 2015

Appointments & memberships:

Previous appointments: Judicial Assistant to Lord Judge LCJ and Lord Carnwath CVO
Law Commission (Criminal Law Team)

  • HSLA,
  • PNBA,
  • PIBA,
  • ARDL,