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David Haines qualified in medicine in 1998 and practised as a junior doctor in both medicine and surgery prior to joining the Bar in 2005. He has since built a broad ranging, complex, clinical and dental negligence and personal injury practice. His also undertakes in sports, Court of Protection and inquest work. He has considerable experience in advisory work, settling pleadings including schedules of special damages and counter schedules.
He accepts instructions in multi track cases and undertakes work at all stages of the litigation process from pre-issue advisory work, drafting and applications, through to post-judgment costs assessments and appeals. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants.
Within the sporting world, he has acted in sports disciplinary hearings and contract disputes.
David is ranked as a leading barrister in clinical negligence by Chambers and Partners, being described as “clear, fastidious and bright.” with a “great understanding of medical issues.” He is also noted as “excellent at getting to grips with the details of a case quickly. Given his medical background he has an impressive knowledge of medicine, which is really helpful.” He is also described as “a very thorough and committed barrister” who “will fight tenaciously in court” for his personal injury clients.
David has contributed to the Munkman 16th and 17th Editions as well as a past edition of Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service.
Within the sporting world, he has acted in sports disciplinary hearings and contract disputes as well as challenging the procedure and findings of drug testing and personal injury.
Recent cases include:
Re RS – A Policeman who was a highly proficient competitive cyclist died whilst competing in a cycling event on a track at Portsmouth due to the dangerous state of the track perimeter fence. Other interested parties included the race organisers, Portsmouth City Council, Parkwood Leisure and the British Cycling Federation. The civil claim arising from this has settled.
David Haines 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.
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“He is clear, fastidious and bright. He’s excellent with clients and experts alike and has a great understanding of medical issues…Excellent at getting to grips with the details of a case quickly. Given his medical background he has an impressive knowledge of medicine, which is really helpful.”
Clinical Negligence, Chambers and Partners 2021