Clinical Negligence

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Members of Chambers have a very established reputation in this field. We act for claimants and defendants including doctors, health authorities, defence organisations and private individuals.  We work hard for our clients and are very committed and approachable.  Our Clerks have particular expertise in clinical negligence matters and are renowned for their honesty and integrity.

We offer expertise at every level with four silks and several juniors recommended in the directories.  Recent editions of both Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide and Legal 500 make the following comments about Chambers' Clinical Negligence practice:

"1 Chancery Lane has long had strength in the clinical negligence sphere, and is noted for handling work for both claimants and defendants. Its members routinely receive instructions from large defence organisations and medical practitioners, as well as private individuals. They consistently offer advice of a very high standard on a range of clinical negligence matters, whether they be relatively modest cases or multimillion-pound claims."

"1 Chancery Lane is ‘an extremely well-organised set, where there is a wide choice of barristers'. It has a ‘friendly' approach and ‘strong work ethos'."

"The old guard here continues to impress, and in terms of reputation is rapidly being caught up by the next generation of juniors at the set. All bodes well for a chambers that further impresses solicitors with the provision of helpful workshops, quarterly briefings and e-bulletins informing them of developments in the law."  

There is considerable experience in Chambers of large, multi-party actions such as those involving organ retention, cervical screening, human growth hormone, cardiac surgery and HIV/ haemophilia. We also act in individual cases, particularly those concerning catastrophic injuries acquired at or around the time of birth. We have also been involved in claims arising from mental illness.

With increasing emphasis on detailed financial calculations, we pride ourselves on familiarity with the latest developments in the accurate assessment of damages.

Chambers not only has expertise in clinical negligence litigation but also considerable experience of inquests, inquiries, GMC and GDC regulatory cases and many professional disciplinary tribunals.

Several members of Chambers have been involved in many of the leading clinical negligence cases.  Some recent examples are: R (Tracey) v Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Anor QBD (Admin) (Nicola Davies J) 21/12/2012, Peters v East Midland Strategic Health Authority & Anor [2009] EWCA Civ 145, Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation [2008] UKHL 74, D v East Berkshire [2005] 2AC 373, Phelps v Hillingdon LBC [2001] 2AC 619 and Penney, Palmer and Cannon v East Kent HA [2000] Lloyds Rep 41.

Our Clinical Negligence Group produces quarterly briefings on recent cases of interest, hot topics and developments in the field.  Copies can be obtained from the briefings section of this website.  We also edit the blog (a joint endeavour with piCalculator) to which members of our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Groups contribute on a regular basis. 

The Clinical Negligence Group is led by David Thomson. David is happy to receive any enquiries you may have.  Alternatively, email us at or phone the Clerks Room if you require any further information about our work in this area or if you would like to be added to our Clinical Negligence mailing list.

Clinical Negligence Group Members

Simon Readhead QCLord Faulks QCEdward Bishop QCAndrew Warnock QCNicholas YellAngus Piper Paul StaggDr David ThomsonSophie MortimerSimon TriggerSimon MurrayLaura JohnsonBen HicksSaleem KhalidJack HardingAndrew SpencerIan ClarkeLisa DobieRoderick AbbottTom CollinsFrancesca O'Neill, Nicola Atkins, Katie Ayres, Ella Davis, Richard Collier, Dominique Smith

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