Robert Dickason

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

Clinical negligence

Robert acts for Claimants and Defendants alike at all levels. He receives regular instructions from NHS Trusts and individual clinicians. He understands the sensitivities of NHS work and can be relied upon to turn papers around quickly.

His practice spans the full clinical spectrum, but recent instructions have covered obstetrics, paediatrics, ophthalmology, oncology, urology, cardiothoracics, orthopaedics, acute medicine, general practice, and a range of therapeutic and cosmetic surgery.

He has extensive experience of medical inquests, both for families and Trusts. His medical disciplinary work provides an important perspective when representing individual clinicians.

He assisted the Treasury Solicitor in the Opiate Dependant Prisoner Litigation (No. 2) and co-wrote the causation chapter of the APIL Clinical Negligence book with Christopher Gibson QC.

Health and safety

Robert has a thriving health and safety practice, appearing as junior 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.

He is frequently led by established leaders in the field, such as Richard Lissack QC and Ben Compton QC, but undertakes the full range of contentious and advisory work in his own right. He represents public authorities including NHS Trusts and Fire and Rescue Services; large conglomerates; small and medium businesses; and individual directors and employees.

His considerable inquest and personal injury experience enable him to provide holistic advice to his clients from the outset and continuity of representation throughout.

He has a particular niche in advising his corporate clients in relation to bribery and corruption matters, having contributed to the Law Commission bribery report which went on to become the Bribery Act 2010. He is a joint author of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery.

Relevant previous appointments include being the Judicial Assistant to the former Lord Chief Justice (Lord Judge) and on the Criminal Law team at the Law Commission. He is also the author of the Outer Temple Health and Safety bulletin.

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).

His experience in this area is complemented by his extensive clinical negligence practice, and he is frequently asked to advise at inquests and on civil claims of potential regulatory consequences for individual practitioners.

His regulatory work also includes advising on legislation governing clinical practice. Recent instructions have sought advice on the interpretation and applicability of the Medical Act 1983, Opticians Act 1989 and the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

Robert’s police misconduct work is prosecutorial. He receives regular instructions to prepare and present police misconduct hearings and advise on any matters of police law arising. He also advises on and appears at appeals to the Police Appeals Tribunal.


  • APIL Clinical Negligence text book (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
  • 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)
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Appointments & memberships:

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

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