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Cara Guthrie specialises in Clinical Negligence, and has done so since she started in practice. She also acts in Personal Injury cases, inquests, lawyers’ negligence cases and Court of Protection cases and regularly represents claimants and defendants in High Court trials.
She is instructed by many of the leading firms of clinical negligence solicitors.
Cara has been highly ranked as a leading junior (Band 1) in clinical negligence in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for many years.
Cara’s deep expertise in the clinical negligence sector means that she is instructed by claimants and defendants in both complex and serious cerebral palsy, brain injury and spinal injury cases, either with a leader or on her own. Cara is also instructed in other clinical negligence cases covering the full spectrum of medical issues.
Her professional negligence work generally arises from the management by solicitors and barristers of personal injury or clinical negligence litigation, reflecting her experience and knowledge of these fields. She is instructed by both claimants and defendants. Most notably she successfully defended the barrister defendant in Dunhill v W Brook & Co  EWCA Civ 50.
Cara considers herself to be approachable and to work well ‘as part of the team’ with her instructing solicitors and expert witnesses. She is extremely empathetic and well able to deal with the sensitive issues that arise in many clinical negligence claims. She is nonetheless able to give robust advice when needed. Cara prides herself on an efficient working style, and on being able quickly to identify the issues at the heart of any claim. She regards negotiation as one of her strengths, and has trained as a mediator.
As a member of the Ogden Working Committee, Cara has a detailed understanding of issues such as multipliers, discount rates and periodical payments which she uses for the benefit of her clients. She is highly numerate and has undoubted expertise in quantum.
Appointments & Memberships
- Ogden Working Party
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
Cara Guthrie 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.
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Product Liability
- Court of Protection
- Personal Injury
- International Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
- Mental Health
“Very bright and very easy to work with. She offers really robust advice and she is very good on quantum.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2019
“Analytical, well prepared and an excellent advocate.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2019
“Decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019
“She is very thorough and has a commanding presence.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Absolutely brilliant. A real safe pair of hands. Analytical and very authoritative.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017
“She is incredibly intelligent, and quickly grasps and offers solutions to complex issues. Her analysis of cases is excellent.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Fantastic at quantum and a great negotiator.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016
“She was excellent throughout the case and always available.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“Her pleadings are detailed and she is brilliant on her feet.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016
“A QC of the future, she’s clever, robust and hard-working. Very user-friendly, she’s good tactically and excellent in court.” “She’s great with numbers and phenomenally quick in conference.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015
“An excellent heavyweight junior who thinks imaginatively to find a solution to a thorny issue.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015
“She is a very bright woman who is fiercely organised, very tenacious and a fighter – she’s very direct.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2014
“A great advocate, who gets excellent results for clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014
“Thorough and extremely numerate.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2013
“Extremely bright and tenacious.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2013
“Dynamic, personable and excellent with figures”. “She impresses solicitors with the fact that she is “absolutely laser in cutting through to the issues.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2012
Cara Guthrie has “a strong grasp of difficult legal issues.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2012
Cara Guthrie is “phenomenally bright” and “operates at a level that is very advanced for her call.” Solicitors turn to her as “she’s just what you want at a hearing – confident, articulate and bright.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2011
Cara Guthrie is “a pleasure to work with”, she is “excellent with figures and has a strong grasp of relevant legal principles.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2011