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Cara Guthrie specialises in Clinical Negligence, and has done so since she started in practice. She also acts in Personal Injury cases, inquests, lawyers’ negligence cases and Court of Protection cases and regularly represents claimants and defendants in High Court trials
Cara is instructed by claimants and defendants, in cerebral palsy, brain injury and spinal injury cases. Cara is also instructed in other Clinical Negligence cases encompassing the full spectrum of medical issues. She is currently acting for many claimants in the DePuy ASR hip cases.
Cara considers herself to be approachable and to work well as part of the team with her instructing solicitors and expert witnesses. She prides herself on an efficient working style and being able quickly to identify the issues at the heart of any claim.
Cara has been recommended as a leading junior (Band 1) in Clinical Negligence, in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for many years. As a member of the Ogden Working Committee, Cara has a detailed understanding of issues such as multipliers, discount rates and periodical payments.
Cara is instructed by both claimants and defendants in lawyers’ negligence cases, usually concerning the management or settlement of personal injury or clinical negligence claims. Cara has recently successfully represented a barrister in a claim about the settlement of a personal injury claim at the door of the court.
Dunhill v (1) W Brook & Co (2) Crossley (2016) EWHC 165 (QB)
Successfully defended the barrister defendant at a trial on breach of duty. Led by Anneliese Day QC. The Claimant alleged that her former solicitors and barrister had negligently advised her to settle her Personal Injury claim at an undervalue at the court door. Elisabeth Laing J heard the trial on breach of duty and dismissed the claim against both defendants. Laing J was not persuaded that the barrister defendant “had assessed the evidence incorrectly, still less, negligently.” The barrister did not have the luxury of saying that he could not settle the case because he did not have enough information about quantum. On his non-negligent assessment of the situation, he faced fighting and losing, or agreeing a settlement. He was not negligent in doing his best to assess quantum on the medical evidence that was available to him even though it has since become clear that the claimant’s injuries were very much more severe than was appreciated at the time.
Thoseby v Bakers Solicitors (2010)
Instructed on behalf of the claimant. A Professional Negligence action arising from the solicitor’s handling of a Clinical Negligence cerebral palsy case. Breach of duty by the solicitor admitted but dispute about whether the Clinical Negligence action would have succeeded – therefore effectively a Clinical Negligence liability case. Had to take an early view about the value of the claim before quantum had been investigated. Settled in 2010 at a round table meeting prior to the liability trial for £1.3 million. Led by David Westcott QC.
Appointments & Memberships
- Ogden Working Party
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Product Liability
- Personal Injury
- International Illness, Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
- Court of Protection
- Mental Health
“Decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017
“She is incredibly intelligent, and quickly grasps and offers solutions to complex issues. Her analysis of cases is excellent.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Fantastic at quantum and a great negotiator.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016
“She was excellent throughout the case and always available.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Her pleadings are detailed and she is brilliant on her feet.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“A QC of the future, she’s clever, robust and hard-working. Very user-friendly, she’s good tactically and excellent in court.” “She’s great with numbers and phenomenally quick in conference.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015
“An excellent heavyweight junior who thinks imaginatively to find a solution to a thorny issue.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015
“She is a very bright woman who is fiercely organised, very tenacious and a fighter – she’s very direct.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2014
“A great advocate, who gets excellent results for clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014
“Thorough and extremely numerate.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2013
“Extremely bright and tenacious.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2013
“Dynamic, personable and excellent with figures”. “She impresses solicitors with the fact that she is “absolutely laser in cutting through to the issues.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2012
Cara Guthrie has “a strong grasp of difficult legal issues.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2012
Cara Guthrie is “phenomenally bright” and “operates at a level that is very advanced for her call.” Solicitors turn to her as “she’s just what you want at a hearing – confident, articulate and bright.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2011
Cara Guthrie is “a pleasure to work with”, she is “excellent with figures and has a strong grasp of relevant legal principles.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2011