Christopher Kemp

Year of Call:
1984
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Christopher Kemp specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation and acts for both Claimants and Defendants.

He appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court.

Christopher acts for claimants, insured defendants and NHS Resolve alike in all of his practice areas.

Expertise

Christopher deals with a wide range of clinical negligence actions, but has a particular expertise in cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy claims.

He has been involved in very large CICA claims and litigation arising out of the professional mismanagement of both clinical negligence and personal injury claims.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases


MMA v Royal Derby Hospital

Cerebral Palsy: baby suffered from hypoglycaemia which should have been observed [infant was not feeding]. No check made overnight: Condition discovered too late in the morning: following discovery of condition, treatment inappropriate. Concern over integrity of professional witnesses. Complex Experts’ issues. The gravest injuries. Care claim likely to be in region of £300k per annum. Settled, value £multi-millions + PPOs.

Ann Flanaghan v Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical Negligence. Fall in street leading to spinal cord injury. Claimant known to have vulnerable spine form previous examination. Claim against spinal surgeon in regard to historical advice re treatment of the vulnerable condition. Following fall, claim against hospital for undertaking further surgery and not allowing Claimant chance of recovery and in respect of the complex surgery which was undertaken. The most complex expert evidence.

His personal injury work, which is predominantly for Claimants, has an emphasis on claims relating to severe head and spinal injuries (often in a sporting context).

Notable Personal Injury cases


ES, LG, LC, VC, AC v Groupama Mediterraneé

This was the highest value personal injury claim ever to be considered in the English Jurisdiction. Fatal Accident Claim. Deceased, a foreign national killed in a Road Traffic Accident in Paris. Trial in England. French Law applied. Liability not in issue. Claim on behalf of widow and dependent children. Deceased was an immensely successful international trader. The assessment of damages was of great complication. Extensive complex expert evidence both in relation to the law and the international trading. Claim settled after a most protracted JSM.

Elizabeth Williams v Derek Parry and Zurich Insurance

A Road Traffic Accident: The Claimant was a front seat passenger in a vehicle being driven by her husband. The driver sustained a form of syncope and blacked out. The car hit the central reservation and turned over. The Claimant sustained catastrophic spinal cord injuries. The issue in the case was whether the driver should have been aware that he suffered from a cardiac condition or whether he could run the defence of automatism. Further consideration whether ‘res ipsa loquitur’ be successful. The driver, the claimant’s husband, died as a result of the accident, but he could have been prosecuted.

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"Excellent in settlement meetings and thinks outside the box to achieve a settlement."

Personal injury, Legal 500 2022

"Christopher is a real quick thinker under pressure."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2022

"He has excellent analytical skills and is very thorough. Clients trust him and feel confident in him straight away. He's also a strong advocate at trial."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2021

"Very strong in negotiations."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2021

"He is very measured and good with clients."

Personal Injury, Chambers and Partners 2021

"A strong negotiator who bring a measured approach and considers a case from all angles."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2021

"Thoughtful and tactical in court."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2021

"He is noted for his adroit handling of cases in which there is an intersection between clinical negligence and personal injury law. He is also noted for his expert representation of local authority defendants."

Personal Injury, Chambers and Partners 2020

"He is good with clients; he's sympathetic and a very calming presence."

Personal Injury, Chambers and Partners 2020

"He is incredibly sharp, gets straight to the heart of the issues and never lets you down."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2020

"He's very thorough, has excellent analytical skills and clients trust and feel confident in him."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2020

"A tough negotiator who provides considered and well thought-out advice."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020

"A very experienced junior with an excellent manner with clients."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019

"He's always so calm, measured and thoughtful." "He has excellent analytical skills and a keen eye for detail."

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2019

"He has excellent analytical skills and is very thorough." "A very accomplished lawyer."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2019

"Good negotiator who gives thoughtful and pragmatic advice and has a calm presence."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019

"A very experienced and senior junior with a lovely way with clients."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019

"He has excellent analytical skills and is extremely well prepared. Clients feel completely supported and confident, particularly at trial."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018

"Very sensitive with clients and very astute on the quantum side."

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

"Thorough, thoughtful and adopts a common sense approach. A good negotiator."

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

"Very good with clients and a strong negotiator."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017

"He provides an excellent service."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017

Sympathetic with clients, thorough and always adds value. He has excellent medical knowledge and is good with experts.

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is a dogged and tenacious advocate."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017

"Provides an excellent service and is a particularly strong negotiator."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017

"He has a sure-footed touch in negotiations."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016

"He has an eye for detail, and is very pleasant to deal with and good with lay clients."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016

"Has a very sharp brain" and "is both a good all-rounder and an excellent senior junior."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016

"He's always excellent in analysing the issues."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016

He is very shrewd. He knows which points to take and which points not to.

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

He really pushes to get the best result for clients. He provides rock solid and dependable advice.

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

"The clients love him as he's so approachable and down to earth. He always comes across as being quite laid back but when push comes to shove he's a really impressive fighter. Also possesses invaluable negotiating skills."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015

"Thoughtful and thorough, his opinions are valued by claimants."

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015

"He has great attention to detail and is a tough but realistic negotiator."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015

"He is intelligent and has a sharp mind. He is good with clients too. He grafts the details and the law."

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2014

"He's an extremely able advocate." "He explains things well to the client and he's good in negotiation & he's patient but he gets his points across. He has a good eye for detail."

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2014

"Excellent with clients, who really feel that he is on their side."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014

"He builds an excellent rapport with clients and experts."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014

A strong negotiator.

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2013

Christopher Kemp delivers "thorough and well-reasoned" advice.

Personal injury, Legal 500 2013

Outstanding on cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy cases." He is easy to work with and produces "top-quality results.

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2012

"An easy manner, considerable preparation and forthright opinions" enhance the reputation of Christopher Kemp, whose "great judgement" is valued by claimants suffering serious brain and spinal damage.

Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2012

To find out more, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)20 7427 4907 or Mark Gardner on +44 (0)20 7427 4909 for a confidential discussion.

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  • Western Circuit
  • Bar of New South Wales 1996
  • Recorder of the Crown Court (civil and crime) 1977 [Retired]
  • CBA
  • CLBA
  • COMBAR
  • APIL
  • PNBA
  • AvMA

  • French
  • German

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