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Robert Dickason specialises in clinical negligence and health and safety. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Junior Counsel (C Panel) primarily to undertake clinical negligence, personal injury and public law work.

Robert is ranked as a Leading Junior in Clinical Negligence (Legal 500, 2016). He acts for claimants and defendants alike in the High Court, County Court and at inquests. His practice spans the full clinical spectrum, with his recent instructions concerning obstetrics, oncology, urology, cardiology, orthopaedic and general surgery, acute medicine, general practice and cosmetic surgery. He understands the sensitivities of NHS work and can be relied upon to turn papers around quickly. He has particular expertise on matters of causation (APIL Clinical Negligence textbook, APIL Personal Injury loose-leaf).

Robert also has a thriving health and safety practice. He has appeared in some of the most high profile and complex cases in recent years (Warwickshire Fire, Lakanal House, Sterecycle), and was instructed afresh in the Court of Appeal in R v Wilson [2013] EWCA Crim 1780. 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.

Robert also undertakes clinical negligence and health and safety work for the Government. This predominantly arises from death or serious injury suffered by members of the armed forces and frequently involves issues of public law and public interest immunity.

Clinical Negligence

Robert is ranked as a Leading Junior in Clinical Negligence (Legal 500, 2016). He has extensive clinical negligence experience, acting for claimants and defendants alike at all levels. He receives regular instructions from patients, Trusts and individual clinicians to appear in the High Court, County Court and at inquests.

Robert has also been appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Junior Counsel (C Panel) from March 2015 to August 2020 in order to undertake clinical negligence work on behalf of the Government. These cases typically arise from death or serious injury suffered by members of the armed forces, and can present difficult issues in relation to disclosure (including public interest immunity) and quantum.

His practice spans the full clinical spectrum, but recent instructions have covered obstetrics, oncology, urology, cardiology, orthopaedic and general surgery, acute medicine, general practice and cosmetic surgery. He has particular expertise on matters of causation (APIL Clinical Negligence textbook, APIL Personal Injury loose-leaf) and complex quantum.

Robert understands the sensitivities of NHS work and can be relied upon to turn papers around quickly. First and foremost, however, he is an advocate and equally at home in conference, settlement meetings or in court.

 

Cases

Raggett v Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Ors [2016] EWHC 1604 (QB)

A v East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 1038 (QB)

Young v Lindsey (QBD, 2013, unreported)

 

Publications

APIL Clinical Negligence textbook (causation chapter)

APIL Personal Injury loose-leaf (causation)

Health, Safety & Environment

Robert has a thriving health and safety practice undertaking criminal and regulatory defence work. He has appeared in some of the most high profile and complex cases in recent years (Warwickshire Fire, Lakanal House, Sterecycle), and was instructed afresh in the Court of Appeal in R v Wilson [2013] EWCA Crim 1780.

Robert 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.

Robert has particular experience representing NHS Trusts and Fire and Rescue Services.

Robert has also been appointed to the Attorney General’s list of Junior Counsel (C Panel) from March 2015 to August 2020, undertaking health and safety and regulatory work, including inquests, for the Government. This predominantly arises from death or serious injury suffered by members of the armed forces.

 

Cases

R v Sterecycle (Rotherham) Ltd & ors (2014)

R v Wilson [2013] EWCA Crim 1780; [2014] 1 Cr. App. R. 10

Lakanal House (2013)

Warwickshire Fire (2012)

 

Appointments & Memberships

  • Attorney General’s C Panel (2015-2020)
  • Judicial Assistant to Lord Judge LCJ and Lord Carnwath CVO (2010)
  • Law Commission, Criminal Law Team (2008)
  • Membership: HSLA, PNBA, PIBA, ARDL, LCLCBA

 

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Testimonials


“Professional and very thorough,” he’s “very intelligent, down to earth and easy to work with.” Health & Safety, Chambers and Partners 2017

“He is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016

“A reassuring manner with sensitive clients.” Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law, Legal 500 2015

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