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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.


Hormone Pregnancy Test litigation (2020 to date)

Q Fever litigation (2016 to date)

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

Rahmatullah & Ali v (1) MOD (2) FCO (2019)

Kamoka & ors v SS & ors (2019)

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

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

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

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

Lakanal House (2013)

Warwickshire Fire (2012)


APIL Clinical Negligence textbook (causation chapter)

APIL Personal Injury loose-leaf (causation)

Appointments & Memberships

  • 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


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.

Areas of Law


“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

“He is decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020

“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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