Robert Dickason

Year of Call:
2007
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Yes

Robert Dickason specialises in clinical negligence and health and safety, and has particular experience in multi-party litigation and civil claims with public law elements.

Appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel in 2020 following on from his C Panel appointment since 2015, Robert regularly represents Government departments in the fields of clinical negligence, product liability, inquests, human rights and national security. He is currently representing the Department of Health and Social Care in the Hormone Pregnancy Test litigation (foetal abnormalities and miscarriage allegedly caused by hormonal pregnancy tests taken in the 1960s and 1970s), and the Ministry of Defence in the Q Fever litigation (protection of soldiers exposed to endemic Q Fever upon deployment to Southern Afghanistan). He has previously assisted in the Kamoka and Rahmatullah civil claims (allegations of complicity by HM Government in torture of foreign nationals) and successfully defended the MOD in Bass v Ministry of Defence [2020] EWHC 36 (QB).

Robert is consistently ranked as a Leading Junior in Clinical Negligence (Legal 500, 2016-2021). He acts for patients, Trusts, private providers and individual clinicians alike in civil claims and at inquests. His practice spans the full clinical spectrum. He is instructed in the most complex liability and quantum disputes. He is good with clients and can be relied upon to turn papers around promptly. He has particular expertise on matters of causation (APIL Clinical Negligence textbook, APIL Personal Injury loose-leaf) and in clinical negligence cases involving members of the Armed Forces or public law considerations.

Robert also has a thriving health and safety practice, appearing in some of the most high profile and complex cases in recent years (Lakanal House, Sterecycle manslaughter, Warwickshire Fire). He undertakes the full range of contentious and advisory work, representing public authorities, large conglomerates, small and medium businesses, and individual directors and employees.

Notable Cases:

Expertise

Robert is consistently ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence (Legal 500, 2016-2021).

He represents claimants and defendants in equal measure, including Trusts, private providers and individual clinicians. His practice spans the full clinical spectrum and includes representation in all forms of civil, coronial and regulatory proceedings. He is instructed in the most complex liability and quantum disputes; is good with clients; and can be relied upon to turn papers around promptly. He has particular experience in military healthcare claims and those involving public law elements.

Robert is also co-author of the causation chapters of the APIL Clinical Negligence textbook and Personal Injury loose-leaf.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases


Bass v Ministry of Defence [2020] EWHC 36 (QB)

Defence of MoD against claims of inadequate chemoprophylaxis during deployment to Afghanistan.

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

Avoidable lower limb amputation.

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

Wrongful birth complicated by chromosomal abnormality.

Robert is a member of the Attorney-General’s B Panel, having been promoted following his time on the C Panel from 2015-2020. He represents a range of Government departments in a variety of public and private law challenges, primarily in the healthcare field.

Notable Governmental Healthcare cases


Hormone Pregnancy Test litigation (2020 to date)

Group litigation alleging negligent Government regulation of hormonal pregnancy tests in the 1960s-70s.

H1N1 vaccine damages litigation (2018 to date)

Group action relating to alleged neurological injury sustained as a result of NHS vaccination against H1N1 (Swine Flu).

Q Fever Litigation (2016 to date)

Defending Ministry of Defence against private law claims brought by former members of the armed forces, alleging inadequate protection against endemic disease during deployment to Afghanistan.

(Rahmatullah & Ali v (1) MOD (2) FCO (2019); Kamoka & ors v SS & ors (2019))

National security matters including claims involving allegations of complicity in torture of foreign nationals.

Robert also has a thriving health and safety practice, appearing in a number of high profile and complex cases in recent years. He undertakes the full range of contentious and advisory work, representing public authorities, large conglomerates, small and medium businesses, and individual directors and employees.

Notable Health & Safety cases


Exercise Unified Response (Howell, deceased) (2019)

Representation at inquest of power station owners following death of paramedic during 2016 disaster simulation exercise conducted by pan-European emergency services at Littlebrook Power Station.

R v C&R Construction (2018)

Representation of construction company at inquest and in criminal proceedings following fatal fall from height.

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

Defending employee manager in manslaughter prosecution following fatal explosion at waste processing facility.

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

Representing director of hotel in appeal against conviction based on defective indictment.

Lakanal House (2013)

London tower block fire causing significant loss of life; represented company responsible for window installation at ‘super-inquest’ into fatalities.

Warwickshire Fire (2012)

Defence of Fire and Rescue Service in prosecution for manslaughter following death of firefighters in warehouse blaze.

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Robert Dickason is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

"A very sharp and incisive questioner who always has a full measure of the complexities of the medicine at hand."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2021

"He is decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases."

Product Liability, Legal 500 2021

"Especially good with clients."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019

"Very personable, calm and thorough. He is confident and very genuine with the clients."

Health & Safety, Chambers and Partners 2018

"A bright, thorough and very competent junior."

Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017

"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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  • Attorney General’s B Panel (2020-2025)
  • 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

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