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Tom Gibson

Tom Gibson

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Tom specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury – and has done so since joining Outer Temple Chambers in 2011.  He does a good balance of claimant and defendant work.

Tom is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2010 before transferring to the Bar.

Before joining Outer Temple Tom was a Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ (as she then was) at the Court of Appeal during 2010-11.

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, running, and watching the mighty Carlisle United FC.

Sports Law

Tom has developed a niche practice in ‘cross-over’ clinical negligence claims involving sportspeople, both professionals and amateurs.  Several cases have involved allegedly negligent orthopaedic or physiotherapy treatment.


  • Fryatt v Nottingham Forest FC (2020): acting for the claimant, a former Premier League striker, who alleged that the club’s mismanagement of his Achilles Tendon injury led to his career ending prematurely at age 28.  Tom was led by Satinder Hunjan QC.  The claim settled at a JSM in December 2020.  This case was covered in the Telegraph and BBC.
  • Ongoing, 2021: acting for the claimant, a professional footballer, whose career was effectively ended in his mid-20s after a delay in diagnosing an infection following knee surgery.  The case involves substantial claims for lost football earnings and loss of congenial employment (following the principles discussed in Appleton v El Safty [2007] EWHC 631 (QB) and Collett v Smith [2009] EWCA Civ 583).
  • Settlement, 2020: acting for the claimant, an american football player with a UK university team, who suffered a serious knee infection following cruciate ligament surgery.
  • Settlement, 2017: acting for the claimant semi-professional (and former professional and youth international) rugby union player whose career was ended by a nerve injury sustained during arm fracture surgery.  The claim involved consent issues following Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11.
  • Settlement, 2016: acting for the defendant physiotherapist (and former physiotherapist to the Great Britain Olympic Team) in an unusual negligence case.  A keen amateur runner and cyclist alleged that he had sustained a chronic groin injury following an apparently uneventful physiotherapy consultation.  The claim involved complex causation evidence from orthopaedic surgeons, pain management consultants, and psychiatrists.  The claimant had the benefit of leading counsel and QOCS protection.  The claim settled for a global sum shortly before the High Court trial.
  • Settlement, 2016: acting for the defendant physiotherapist who worked with a professional rugby league team.  A youth team player alleged that she had failed to suspect a wrist fracture and to refer him onwards for further treatment.  In addition to a significant factual dispute, the claim featured expert physiotherapy, orthopaedic, and psychiatric evidence.
  • Settlement, 2015: a semi-professional (and former professional youth team) footballer alleged that the defendant hospital had failed to diagnose and treat a knee fracture appropriately.  Breach of duty was admitted but causation was denied.  Acting for the defendant hospital trust.

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

Tom Gibson 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


“He’s bright, intelligent, user-friendly and responsive. He’s always really well prepared and has a good knowledge of the law – he’s just impressive all round.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers and Partners 2021

“Has an encyclopaedic understanding of the rules and how to apply them in practice to achieve the best strategic effect.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2021

“Particularly good with claims relating to neonatal death or stillbirth.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020



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