Robert Dickason

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

Robert specialises in medical law and health and safety.

His medico-legal practice is broad. He receives regular instructions to represent Trusts, individual clinicians and families at inquests and in associated clinical negligence actions. He appears frequently before the regulators (GMC, GDC, GOC, NMC, HCPC) and on High Court appeals. He can provide continuity of advice and representation in complex and serious cases where criminal, coronial, civil and regulatory proceedings are engaged.

Robert has considerable personal injury and clinical negligence experience for claimants and defendants alike. He assisted the Treasury Solicitor in the Opiate Dependant Prisoner Litigation (No. 2). He understands the sensitivities of representing public authorities – particularly NHS bodies – and can be relied upon to turn papers around quickly. He is currently updating the causation chapter of the APIL clinical negligence textbook with Christopher Gibson QC.

In the health and safety arena, Robert has received instructions in some of the most complex and high profile cases in recent years. He was junior counsel to Ben Compton QC in the Warwickshire Fire prosecution in 2012 (representing Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Authority) and to James Leonard in the 12-week Lakanal House inquest in 2013. He appeared with Richard Lissack QC in the Court of Appeal in R v Wilson [2013] EWCA Crim 1780, and is currently instructed in relation to the Sterecycle manslaughter, fixed for trial in October 2014. As with his medical work, Robert provides holistic advice and representation across overlapping inquest, criminal and civil proceedings.

Robert has a strong academic grounding in bribery and corruption. He helped to draft the Law Commission bribery paper, which went on to form the Bribery Act 2010, and is a joint author of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery.

Relevant previous experience includes working as the judicial assistant to Lord Carnwath and the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge.


  • Lissack and Horlick on Bribery (joint author)
  • 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
  • O’Hanlon v Post Office Ltd (UKEAT/0202/12/LA)
  • Macquet v Naiade Resorts (UK) Ltd UKEAT/0495/10/CEA
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