|Call date: 2007|
|Email: Robert Dickason||Clerk: Graham Woods|
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.
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  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  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  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.
''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)