Outer Temple Chambers is very highly regarded for its long-standing specialist expertise in bringing or defending spinal injury claims and its members are regularly instructed by the top-ranked Claimant and Defendant solicitors firms specialising in the field. 

The circumstances which can give rise to such claims extend right across the healthcare service, sadly often resulting in catastrophic injuries including paralysis or even death. The compensation awards are typically substantial and members of Chambers are totally committed to obtaining the best results for their clients. 

Claims which members of Chambers are regularly concerned with include cases of delayed or missed diagnosis of medical conditions (for example cauda equina syndrome or spinal epidural abscess); failure to obtain informed consent for surgery or treatment; and inadequately performed surgery resulting in spinal cord damage, whether due to failings in pre-operative imaging, surgical error or insufficient intra-operative monitoring. 

Spinal Injury Experience

The vast majority of cases are resolved without the need to proceed to trial, typically at settlement meetings. Some recent examples of spinal injury settlements resolved by members of Chambers are:

SS v Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for the Claimant in a case of delayed diagnosis of spinal infection due to failings on the part of a physiotherapist. Settled for £3m. [2019]

AD v University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for a Claimant in a case of delayed diagnosis of pseudomeningocele following 4 level spinal surgery. Settled for £3m. [2019]

AK v East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust: Acting for a Claimant in a claim concerning the delayed diagnosis of spinal abscess resulting in incomplete paraplegia. Settled for £2m. [2021]

Spinal Injury Barristers

James Counsell QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2017

Sarah Crowther QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC

Call: 1965 Silk: 1986

Kate Davenport QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2013

Matthew Phillips QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2017

Nathan Tavares QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2018

Eliot Woolf QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2018

Jonathan Hand QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

Rachel Vickers QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2020

Christopher Kemp

Call: 1984

Patrick Sadd

Call: 1984

Harry Trusted

Call: 1985

James Aldridge

Call: 1987

Louis Weston

Call: 1994

Harriet Jerram

Call: 1998

James Arnold

Call: 2000

Samantha Presland

Call: 2001

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

Katarina Sydow

Call: 2012

Imogen Egan

Call: 2015

Olinga Tahzib

Call: 2016

Elizabeth Grace

Call: 2017

Carin Hunt

Call: 2018

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