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1 Chancery Lane

Clinical Negligence

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1 Chancery Lane is described by interviewees as "a very powerful set in the clinical negligence field." Members have experience of acting for a wide range of clients, including several medical defence organisations and private individuals, in a high-value and complex claims. Areas of expertise for the team include catastrophic birth injuries, psychiatric illness and surgical negligence claims. The set's barristers are highly regarded for their handling of both individual and multiparty actions.

Client service:

"The clerks are always very helpful and prompt in dealing with enquiries." "It's a very professional set of chambers, with a really efficient clerking team." "The senior clerk Clark Chessis is excellent to deal with and is always very well organised so there's never any last-minute panics."

Strengths:

Angus Piper
Acts exclusively for defendants in complex clinical negligence cases, and is regularly instructed by the MDU and DDU. He is experienced in the handling of claims arising from alleged negligent treatment and birth injuries.
"Angus will absolutely fight his client's corner." "He is well prepared, effective and a very pleasant opponent."

Strengths:

Edward Bishop QC
A high-ranking silk, with over 30 years' experience in the field of clinical negligence, who is admired for his depth of knowledge. He is regularly instructed by both claimants and defendants, and is also trusted with complex personal injury claims.
"Ed is excellent - he is very thorough and extremely personable." "His cross-examination skills are phenomenal and he's extremely hard-working. He knows his cases back to front and is an extremely intelligent man."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-value claim brought by a young woman who was negligently treated during an asthma attack.

Strengths:

Edward Faulks QC
An esteemed silk who has been handling the most complex clinical negligence cases for many years. His wider practice covers professional negligence, police and public law cases.
"Very easy to work with, collaborative and a real team player. He's very calm and reassuring to have on your side, and is a brilliant advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in Lucy Diamond v Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, a case involving complex issues of consent.

Strengths:

Laura Johnson
Applauded for the versatility of her practice, she is experienced in an array of clinical negligence cases varying in complexity from obstetric claims to cancer-related matters. She acts for both claimants and defendant organisations.
"She has a real command of the law but is also very empathetic in her dealings with clients. She's brilliant in settlement meetings."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in a case brought by the family of a father who died of a heart attack. The family alleged that there was a negligent failure to identify his heart problem 14 months before his death.

Strengths:

Paul Stagg
A junior who handles a wide selection of matters for both claimants and defendants. He is noted for his expertise relating to vicarious liability. He has worked on cases spanning numerous areas of medicine, including obstetrics, neurosurgery, gynaecology and oncology.
"He is very thorough and detailed in his advice." "An extremely robust advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a complex liability dispute relating to a claimant who alleged that delays in carrying out surgery to repair a dural defect resulted in spinal compromise and cauda equina syndrome.

Strengths:

Simon Readhead QC
Impresses both with his knowledge of complex medical negligence matters and his meticulous approach to his work. He has a very broad practice and is recognised for his work on claims involving catastrophic and neurological injuries. He works on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence.
"Very experienced and meticulous in his preparation - he leaves no stone unturned. He's charming with experts, clients and opponents alike." "He's excellent to work with and is very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in ABC v North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, a case involving a child born with severe physical and mental problems.

Clinical Negligence Department

1 Chancery Lane

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1 Chancery Lane

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Edward Bishop QC
Band 1
Edward Faulks QC
Band 1
Simon Readhead QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Angus Piper
Band 4
Laura Johnson
Band 2
Paul Stagg
Band 4