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Harry Trusted specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, and related fields. His practice includes a good balance of claimant and defendant work predominantly involving high value claims, including brain injury, spinal cord damage, cerebral palsy and amputations.
Harry was initially a member of the chambers of George Carman QC. He decided to focus on his present area of practice and moved to Outer Temple Chambers in 1995. In 1998 – 1999 he was junior counsel for the bereaved families in the Kennedy Inquiry in paediatric surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and since that time he has maintained an interest in cardiac cases and their management.
Harry has been a founding editor of “Facts & Figures” since its first publication in 1996 and he is the Secretary of the Ogden Working Party. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics connected with the assessment of loss and similar topics and he contributes articles to professional journals dealing with these subjects.
Harry acts on a wide range of clinical negligence cases, up to and including trial. Topics covered in recent cases have included, amongst others:
- Undiagnosed ventricular cyst leading to severe brain damage.
- Reactive arthritis following unnecessary surgery and consequential infection.
- Claims by amputees following both clinical negligence and road traffic accidents.
- Injuries at birth and neonatal deaths.
- A&E failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome and consequential paraparesis.
- Negligent GP treatment (failure to treat infection following heart surgery) causing premature death.
- Claims against both a highway authority and a hospital relating to a fall, which caused spinal instability, which was then inappropriately managed in the neurosurgical ward.
Harry has a good balance of claimant and defendant work. His clients include patients, their families, NHS hospital trusts, individual doctors, and other clinicians. Harry has also appears at inquests, representing both families and NHS trusts.
Settlement 2016 for a middle aged man whose cauda equine syndrome was negligently missed at AE. Ongoing paraparesis.
Settlement 2015 for a man who underwent unnecessary heart surgery which left him with a loss of cardiac function.
Settlement 2015 for the widower of a woman who died following negligent failure to refer a developing DVT clot for emergency treatment. GP and hospital jointly admitted liability.
Downing v Peterborough NHS Trust  EWHC 4216
Appeared for the successful claimant in a quantum trial before Eady J. Substantial damages recovered for a former soldier who developed reactive arthritis. Liability issues had already been compromised and the claimant was awarded about £1.5 million, including an additional award because the damages exceeded the Part 36 offer made before the trial.
Powell v Bristol NHS Trust
Appeared for the defendant in a four day trial in Bristol. The award of damages was approximately 20% of the claimed figures in the Schedule of Loss.
Cullinane v Royal Free Hospital
Substantial damages paid to a woman who suffered an amputated leg following negligent surgery.
Harry is instructed on a wide range of personal injury cases, for claimants and defendants, including:
- Road traffic accidents
- Occupier’s liability
- Industrial accidents
- Fatal accidents act claims arising from the above
- “Cross-over” claims involving clinical negligence worsening the effects of an RTA or industrial accident
Harry has also written articles and presented training on various topics, including expert witnesses, consent issues and Part 36 offers.
Ongoing claim for a girl who was injured by a ball which struck her head causing brain injury when she was playing rounders at school.
Ongoing claim for a girl whose head was crushed by the rear wheel of a car. Issues as to the nature and extent of the insurer’s liability and possible claims against the UK Government relating to failure to implement EU Directives.
Ongoing instructions for defendants of a claim brought by a woman who suffered multiple catastrophic injuries following an accident involving a powered tricycle.
Claim settled in July 2015 for a tetraplegic man injured by an accident at work. Led by Christopher Wilson-Smith QC.
Claim settled in April 2015 for a man rendered paraplegic by a road accident.
Beer v Frank
Brain injury to a young man following a road accident. Difficult causation issues. Claim settled after permission to appeal was obtained.
Appointments & Memberships
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Personal Injuries Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Personal Injury
- International Illness, Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
“His incredible intellect means he self-selects for medically complex cases.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016
“A huge intellect combined with tenacity, thoughtfulness and common sense.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016
“He relishes dealing withcomplex issues and is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for the client.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is a superb barrister who is well known and an authority in his field.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“His ability to make excellent judgement calls during negotiations maximises success.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is an extremely knowledgeable problem solver who is able to give clear and straightforward advice to clients.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He’s incredibly bright, very forward-thinking, and understands the issues very quickly. He puts clients at ease and is good at taking the lead.” “Harry is intellectually bold and confident, and he makes really good judgement calls.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015
“He’s extremely knowledgeable, sees the issues quickly, and is able to give clear and straightforward advice to clients.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015
“One of the most dedicated and committed barristers that a solicitor could wish to work with.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015
“He really knows his stuff and always thinks about the interests of clients.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
“He is energetic and understands clients. He takes a sensible, commercial approach to litigation.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2014
“He reads his papers back-to-front and attends conferences prepared, and he won’t simply roll over when difficult issues arise in the case: he’ll roll his sleeves up and fight.” “He’s extremely analytical, and extremely good at pleadings and in his analysis of cases.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2014
“He has all the qualities one looks for in a catastrophic injury barrister.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014
“A tremendous commitment and dedication to his cases.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014
“He combines “fantastic brain power” with “superb judgement,” and is known for the “assuredness of his advice and his clarity of thinking.” ” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2013
“Very measured and incredibly sensible.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2013
“Combines passion with assured judgement.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2013
” The “bright and tenacious” Harry Trusted “always strengthens the case when he is on board.” ” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2013
“Harry Trusted is highly rated by solicitors, who feel that “once he’s on the team he offers unwavering commitment and support to the case in hand.” He has a particular focus on claims involving brain damage, cancer, paralysis and amputation.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2012
” Harry Trusted impresses with his grasp of complex quantum issues arising from road, railway and workplace accident cases. He “always gets straight to the point.” ” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2012
” Harry Trusted has “brilliant advocacy skills.” ” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2012