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Clinical Negligence

Outer Temple Chambers nominated by The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards

Outer Temple Chambers has been nominated by The Legal 500 Bar Awards as Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Employment Set of the Year. Additionally, barristers Saul Margo and Oliver Powell have been nominated respectively for Chancery Junior and Corporate Crime Junior of the Year. Legal 500 Set of the Year We are delighted to announce that Outer Temple Chambers has been nominated by The Legal 500 Bar Awards for Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Employment Set of the Year 2022! Our Clinical Negligence barristers cover various claims involving doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals. We are frequently instructed in the most demanding and highest value cases, including birth injury and other serious neurological injuries. Legal 500 has stated that…

Clinical Negligence, News, Employment, Personal Injury 6 Jul, 2022

Elizabeth Grace instructed in inquest into the death of a five year old at The Children’s Trust

Elizabeth Grace acted for the foster family in a case involving the death of a 5 year old boy who was tragically killed after being trapped under a cot bumper whilst in the care of The Children’s Trust, a brain injury rehabilitation facility for children. Prior to his death, Connor Wellsted was undergoing a period of rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust. Even though Connor had suffered a cardiac arrest resulting in a brain injury when he was just five weeks old, he was making remarkable progress under the care of his foster parents, who were his permanent carers from the age of just five months. He was at the centre to improve his level of mobility as a result of…

Clinical Negligence, News, Personal Injury 17 May, 2022

Secondary Victim Claims: Tom Gibson comments on Paul v Wolverhampton

The Court of Appeal has now handed down judgment in Paul v Wolverhampton, Polmear v Cornwall and Purchase v Dr Ahmed – three conjoined appeals on the ‘secondary victim’ criteria for psychiatric injury claims in a clinical negligence setting.  Tom Gibson takes a closer look at the implications. While medical negligence practitioners everywhere may have been hoping for clarity in the law, it looks as though the secondary victim claims saga will continue to run.  Though the Court of Appeal decided the appeals, perhaps reluctantly, in favour of the defendants, the Court also encouraged the claimants to appeal to the Supreme Court. All three cases featured claimants who suffered psychiatric injuries resulting from family members’ tragic, sudden deaths following medical…

Clinical Negligence, News 18 Jan, 2022

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Jonathan Hand QC appears in Miller v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust 

Jonathan Hand QC successfully represented the Claimant in this clinical negligence claim, in which judgment was given on 9 November 2021. The following is a summary of the judge’s decision in the case.  The claim was brought on behalf of Mrs Miller’s estate together with a claim by her husband and her half-brother, as dependents under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 after Mrs Miller was involved in a serious road traffic accident in 2016. The background In the accident, Mrs Miller suffered multiple orthopaedic injuries, including multiple fractures. Following arrival at the hospital by air ambulance, Mrs Miller underwent surgery for the fractures and was admitted to the ICU. Several weeks later, by which time Mrs Miller’s condition appeared to…

Clinical Negligence, News 22 Dec, 2021

Jonathan Hand QC speaks at the AvMA (Not The) ACNC, sponsored by Outer Temple

Outer Temple is proud to sponsor the Action Against Medical Accidents (Not The) ACNC Online Event, a virtual alternative to their Annual Clinical Negligence Conference. Jonathan Hand QC will be speaking on Wrongful Birth Claims. On the mornings of 29th and 30th April 2021, rather than a trip to Bournemouth for the 32nd Annual Clinical Negligence Conference (ACNC), you are invited to virtually join a collection of expert speakers at the second online ‘(Not the) ACNC’. The event will have an obstetrics theme and there will be a live Q&A with the speakers at the end of both mornings. Wrongful Birth Claims Jonathan Hand QC has been asked once again to join the event as a speaker. Jonathan joins Miles…

Events, Clinical Negligence, News 29 Apr, 2021

Rachel Vickers awarded Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at Chambers Bar Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that  Rachel Vickers has been awarded Clinical Negligence Junior of The Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2020. The 2020 Chambers Bar Awards were held virtually on Thursday, 19 November 2020. Chambers stated “To be ranked by Chambers means that your set and its members are at the top of the profession. To be shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards means, as a result of extensive objective research by our dedicated team of over 200 analysts, you are at the pinnacle of the profession. Congratulations!” Rebecca Priestley, Chief Executive, commented: “Our warm congratulations to Rachel Vickers on this well deserved recognition for her excellent and dedicated work on clinical negligence and commitment to client care…

Clinical Negligence, News 20 Nov, 2020

David Haines joins Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome David Haines to our clinical negligence and personal injury team. David qualified in medicine in 1998 and practised as a junior doctor prior to joining the Bar in 2005. He has since built a broad ranging, complex, clinical and dental negligence and personal injury practice. He also undertakes sports, Court of Protection and inquest work. He has considerable experience in advisory work, settling pleadings including schedules of special damages and counter schedules. David is a particular authority in clinical negligence and is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2021. The legal directory notes that he is “clear, fastidious and bright…excellent with clients and experts alike and has a great understanding of medical issues”. They…

Clinical Negligence, News 18 Nov, 2020

Double nomination at Chambers Bar Awards 2020

We are delighted to be nominated Client Service Set of the Year whilst Rachel Vickers has been nominated Clinical Negligence Junior of The Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2020. Despite the difficulties of lockdown, Chambers & Partners have been busy completing the research process to decide the rankings for their 2020 edition. As part of this process they identify those worthy of their Chambers Bar Awards and have taken notice of the hard work by the Outer Temple team in not one but two categories: Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year – Rachel Vickers, Outer Temple Chambers Client Service Set of the Year – Outer Temple Chambers Chambers stated “To be ranked by Chambers means that your set and…

Clinical Negligence, News 28 Sep, 2020

Outer Temple sponsors the AvMA Medico-Legal Issues in Surgery Conference

Outer Temple is proud to sponsor the Action against Medical Accidents Medico-Legal Issues in Surgery Conference, where James Counsell QC will be chairing and Jonathan Hand QC & Katarina Sydow will present. The event has been designed for solicitors and barristers to illustrate the key medico-legal issues in surgery, and is an excellent opportunity to learn from leading surgeons and develop your understanding to assist you in cases. An event not to be missed and essential for your clinical negligence caseload. James Counsell QC will be chairing the conference on both days and Jonathan Hand QC and Katarina Sydow will be presenting a lecture on Informed Consent and Causation. Registration You can view the programme and register for the conference here.…

Clinical Negligence, News 15 Sep, 2020

Tom Gibson acts for successful defendant in secondary victim claim strike out

Tom Gibson acted for the successful defendant in Purchase v Ahmed in striking out the claimant’s ‘secondary victim’ claim for psychiatric injury following the death of her daughter. However, the law on ‘secondary victim’ claims may soon change… The law might develop further in this area soon as the appeal in Paul v The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 2893 (QB) is due to be heard this week, on 13-15 May 2020. Tom Gibson of our Clinical Negligence Team has successfully struck out the claimant’s ‘secondary victim’ claim in the case of Purchase v Ahmed (Birmingham County Court, 6 May 2020) and analyses the case and what the future may hold for ‘secondary victim’ claims below. The Facts The defendant,…

Clinical Negligence, News 12 May, 2020

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