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Tom Gibson

Tom Gibson

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Tom specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, and inquests.

He does a good balance of claimant and defendant work.

He has also been developing a public law practice since his appointment to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in February 2016.

Tom joined Outer Temple Chambers as a pupil in September 2011 and as a tenant in September 2012.  He is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2010 before transferring to the Bar.

Before starting pupillage Tom was a Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ at the Court of Appeal.

Tom has undertaken pro bono work for AvMA, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Law Society’s LawWorks Mediation Scheme, and the FRU. He appeared pro bono in the Court of Appeal, as sole counsel, for the successful appellant in Duffy v George [2013] EWCA Civ 908 (http://www.outertemple.com).

Tom has a First Class Maths degree from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.  He completed his GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in London.

Away from the law Tom enjoys spending time with his young family, playing hockey, and watching the mighty Carlisle United FC.

Law In Sport

Tom acts in ‘cross-over’ clinical negligence claims involving sportspeople, both professionals and amateurs.  Several cases have involved allegedly negligent orthopaedic or physiotherapy treatment.

Cases

On-going, 2017

Acting for the claimant semi-professional (and former professional and youth international) rugby union player whose career was ended by a nerve injury sustained during arm fracture surgery. The claim involves consent issues following Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11.

Settlement, 2016

Acting for the defendant physiotherapist (and former physiotherapist to the Great Britain Olympic Team) in an unusual negligence case.  A keen amateur runner and cyclist alleged that he had sustained a chronic groin injury following an apparently uneventful physiotherapy consultation.  The claim involved complex causation evidence from orthopaedic surgeons, pain management consultants, and psychiatrists.  The claimant had the benefit of leading counsel and QOCS protection.  The claim settled for a global sum shortly before the High Court trial.

Settlement, 2016

Acting for the defendant physiotherapist who worked with a professional rugby league team.  A youth team player alleged that she had failed to suspect a wrist fracture and to refer him onwards for further treatment.  In addition to a significant factual dispute, the claim featured expert physiotherapy, orthopaedic, and psychiatric evidence.

Settlement, 2015

A semi-professional (and former professional youth team) footballer alleged that the defendant hospital had failed to diagnose and treat a knee fracture appropriately.  Breach of duty was admitted but causation was denied.  Acting for the defendant hospital trust.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2016-2021)
  • Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ (2010-2011)
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
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