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Will Young

Will Young

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Will’s main areas of work are personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law, as well as professional discipline.

Will is regularly instructed in a wide range of multi-track personal injury actions in the County Court, as well as more specifically in clinical negligence cases. He is instructed by both Claimants and Defendants, which he strongly believes enables him to provide a better service to clients on either side of personal injury litigation. He also appears at inquests.

Although he acts on his own in the majority of his cases, Will has experience of working with a leader, having acted as a junior to Harry Trusted and Gerard McDermott QC in recent cases.

Will also appears in the Employment Tribunal on a regular basis, representing both Claimants and Respondents, as well as in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He is regularly instructed in multi-day discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal cases, amongst others.

Within the employment sphere Will has a particular interest in claims involving medical personnel, having acted for both NHS Trusts and medical employees (including doctors). He also has experience of employment disputes in the civil courts.

In addition, and complementing these areas of practice, Will also has a particular interest in Regulatory and Disciplinary Law, in particular medical disciplinary proceedings. He has appeared on behalf of registrants before the GMC and other professional disciplinary tribunals, in particular the NMC (as well as acting as a case presenter).

Will is of the view that his different areas of practice compliment each other, and the experience he has gained in each area is very often of benefit to his clients and cases in the other areas.

Will is a tenacious advocate both orally and on paper, able to grasp complex factual situations quickly and to present arguments persuasively. He takes pride in providing advice that is thorough and on time, and always maintains a focus on his clients’ needs and priorities.

Will studied Modern History at Oxford University, before completing his Graduate Diploma in Law. He is a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and was a Pegasus Scholar to Washington DC in 2012.

Outside of the law, his interests are history, politics, music and sport, rowing in particular, having twice coxed the Great Britain Under 18 VIII at the Junior World Championships, as well as the Oxford reserve boat in the 2004 Boat Race.

Clinical Negligence

Will has a burgeoning practice in this area, and he regularly advises and drafts pleadings for both Claimants and Defendants in cases involving a wide range of clinical disputes. In addition to being instructed as sole counsel, he has acted as a junior in more valuable and/or complex cases. He regularly appears at inquests, representing families and also NHS institutions, which has given him extensive experience of questioning medical witnesses and advocacy in a health-care context.

Will’s advice is thorough and comprehensive, and he always aims to be practical, realistic and attuned to the needs and expectations of his clients, whilst always seeking to achieve the best outcome reasonably possible. He is comfortable and confident in handling expert evidence in factually complex medical situations, and in dealing with medical experts in conference and in court. He strives to put clients at ease, and to always put them and their needs and interested at the centre of all of his work.

He is scrupulous about completing work on time, and appreciates the importance of this to those who instruct him.

Notable cases in this area have included:

  • acting, led by Harry Trusted, in a case involving alleged misdiagnosis of a spinal infection. The case involved a claim for substantial periodical payments in relation to the care claim, and settled shortly before trial for a capitalised value of around £1.3 million
  • being instructed as a junior, again led by Harry Trusted, for a claimant in an action against an NHS Trust and the police after she was seriously injured in a suicide attempt, resulting in bi-lateral below-knee amputations. The claim involved significant prosthetic and care claims, and was settled after a joint settlement meeting for £2 million
  • acting for the Defendant in a claim alleging negligence during lumbar decompression surgery leading to a perforated bowel. The claim settled at an NHS mediation for around £260,000
  • appearing for the Claimant at trial in an action relating to allegations of negligence during a total knee replacement. The case involved contested expert evidence concerning surgical technique and analysis of post-operative radiography, and
  • a number of claims involving negligent failure to diagnose and/or appropriately treat patients with cancer, often involving difficult causation arguments, for example one case involving a delayed diagnosis of lung cancer, which settled for over £200,000

Appointments & Memberships

  • APIL
  • ELA
  • PIBA


  • Lord Denning Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Pegasus Scholar (2012)

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