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Tom Gibson

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Tom specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, and inquests. He has also been developing a public law practice since his appointment to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in February 2016. He does a good balance of claimant and defendant work.

Tom joined Outer Temple Chambers as a pupil in September 2011 and as a tenant in September 2012. He is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2010 before transferring to the Bar.

Before starting pupillage, Tom was a Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ at the Court of Appeal.

Tom has undertaken pro bono work for AvMA, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Law Society’s LawWorks Mediation Scheme, and the FRU. He appeared pro bono in the Court of Appeal, as sole counsel, for the successful appellant in Duffy v George [2013] EWCA Civ 908 (

Tom has a First Class Maths degree from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. He completed his GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in London.

Away from the law Tom enjoys spending time with his young family, playing hockey, and watching the mighty Carlisle United FC.

Clinical Negligence

Tom acts on a wide range of clinical negligence cases, up to and including trial (see e.g. Topics covered in recent cases have included, amongst others:

• General surgery
• Delayed diagnoses of cancer
• Management of fractures
• Injuries at birth and neonatal deaths
• Psychiatric injuries
• A&E treatment
• GP treatment
• Physiotherapy treatment (see also Law in Sport, below)

Tom does a good balance of claimant and defendant work. His clients include patients, their families, NHS hospital trusts, individual doctors, and other clinicians.

As a former judicial assistant to Arden LJ, he has a particular interest in appeals, including Jackson-themed case management appeals (see below).

He also appears at inquests, representing both families and NHS trusts.


Muller v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ([2017] EWHC 128 (QB) (

Unusual ‘non-Bolam’ trial on liability and quantum involving a delayed diagnosis of cancer (see

Jacobs v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ([2016] EWHC 121 (QB) (

High Court trial on liability and quantum involving hernia surgery (acting for the defendant).

Gardner v Northampton General Hospital ([2014] EWHC 4217 (QB) (

High Court liability trial involving expert A&E and surgical evidence (acting for the defendant).

Settlements, 2017-2018

Two secondary victim psychiatric injury claims, acting for the bereaved parents of two patients – a newborn baby and an adult daughter – who died in hospital following negligent treatment (see

Settlement, 2018

Cerebral palsy claim, settled for a capitalised value of approximately £15million, featuring significant issues regarding accommodation and lost years claims in light of JR v Sheffield (led by Gerard McDermott QC, acting for the claimant).

Green (Deceased) v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (case management appeal, County Court at Central London, HHJ Baucher, 28 April 2016)

Acting for the defendant in successfully resisting a case management appeal about single joint experts, in a low-value Fatal Accidents Act claim (see

Teferi (Haile Deceased) v University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (County Court at Central London, 1 June 2018, HHJ Baucher)

Representing the defendant in its successful defence of a Fatal Accidents Act claim featuring an alleged missed diagnosis of a brain tumour. Also an Appeal, 2016 (HHJ Luba QC), acting for the defendant in the claimant’s appeal against the striking out of his Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934 and Fatal Accidents Act 1976 claims, after the claimant had failed to obtain letters of administration.

On-going, 2018

Orthopaedic surgery and GP treatment claim, where a lady needed an above-knee amputation after a fracture operation and subsequent GP treatment. Expert surgical, GP, and quantum evidence involved (acting for the claimant).

Settlement, 2018

Claim featuring a delayed diagnosis of gynaecological cancer, with significant disputes on causation, life expectancy, and loss of earnings and pension (acting for the claimant).

Settlement, 2015

Unusual psychiatric injury ‘misinformation’ claim, where a lady claimed she had suffered psychiatric injury after being shown the wrong body to grieve over, four days after the death of her father, in a hospital mortuary. The claim involved consideration of whether the ‘miscellaneous’ victim cases of Allin v City & Hackney and Farrell v Avon could be extended (acting for the defendant).

Appointments & Memberships

  • Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2016-2021)
  • Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ (2010-2011)
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

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