Our team has expertise in the complete range of brain injuries arising from clinical negligence including:

  • Cerebral palsy and other effects from hypoxic ischaemia in neonates 
  • Substandard care in relation to inflammatory diseases of the brain such as meningitis, sepsis and encephalitis
  • Delayed diagnosis of traumatic injuries leading to haemorrhage and cerebral contusions
  • Neurosurgical issues such as management of tumours or aneurysms
  • Neuroradiology and interventional radiology
  • Stroke medicine and dementia care
  • Claims involving major disorders of consciousness such as persistent vegetative state and locked-in syndrome, and brain injuries giving rise to psychiatric issues such as psychosis or dissociative disorder

We are able to draw on expertise in other complex issues surrounding brain injury claims such as Court of Protection applications including deputyship and trust as well as health and welfare matters, and issues under the Mental Health Act 1983. We have members who sit as part-time judges in the Court of Protection, and also the Mental Health Tribunal.

Our team tries to maintain a balance of claimant and defendant work which ensures well-rounded barristers. Our clients include the leading solicitors acting for claimants, such as Field Fisher, Stewarts, Irwin Mitchell, and Leigh Day; and for defendants such as Kennedys, Bevan Brittan, Weightmans, Hempsons, and Beachcroft DAC.

OTC supports Headway East London and the Child Brain Injury Trust.

Brain Injuries Experience

Rachel Vickers KC was awarded Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year 2021 by Chambers & Partners.

Nathan Tavares KC from our team is a contributing author of Sweet & Maxwell’s leading textbook, “Brain Injury Claims”, now in its second edition.

Brain Injuries Barristers

James Counsell KC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2017

Nathan Tavares KC

Nathan Tavares KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2018

Christopher Wilson-Smith KC

Call: 1965 Silk: 1986

Kate Davenport KC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2013

Matthew Phillips KC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2017

Sarah Crowther KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

Jonathan Hand KC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

Rachel Vickers KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2021

Patrick Sadd

Call: 1984

James Aldridge

Call: 1987

Louis Weston

Call: 1994

Harriet Jerram

Call: 1998

Ian Denham

Call: 2003

Daniel Clarke

Call: 2005

David Haines

Call: 2005

Ben Bradley

Call: 2007

Robert Dickason

Call: 2007

Will Young

Call: 2008

Tom Gibson

Call: 2010

Imogen Egan

Call: 2015

Olinga Tahzib

Call: 2016

Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

Samantha Presland

Call: 2001

Katarina Sydow

Call: 2012

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