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2 Temple Gardens

Clinical Negligence

12 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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2 Temple Gardens houses a strong bench of seasoned experts who are highly regarded for their handling of a wide range of clinical negligence claims. Areas of expertise for the team include claims arising from birth injuries, delayed diagnoses and surgical negligence, and members are regularly called upon to act in high-value quantum disputes and difficult liability trials. The set's barristers have extensive experience of representing both claimants and defendants, including medical defence organisations, private healthcare providers and NHS bodies. The set is frequently involved in the most high-profile cases in the market, and is regarded as a go-to for complex group actions involving faulty medical devices.

Client service:

"The clerks are excellent and they offer a very efficient service. The clerking matches the quality of the barristers." "Lee Tyler, the senior clerk, is excellent and the lead juniors go out of their way to help." "Everyone on the team is excellent and very good at coming up with solutions to make someone available when required. They will bend over backwards to keep matters up to date."

Strengths:

Anna Hughes
Anna Hughes is an experienced barrister who is regularly sought after to undertake high-value, complex cases in the fields of both clinical negligence and personal injury. Her particular expertise in quantum makes her an asset in multimillion-pound cases. She is highly regarded for her cross-examination skills.
"A formidable advocate who will fight her client's corner robustly."  "She's tenacious and sharp as a tack." "She is terrific - a ferocious cross-examiner with very good commercial judgement."
Recent work: Represented Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a liability-only trial arising out of an alleged failure to diagnose and treat actinomycosis.

Strengths:

Benjamin Browne QC
Benjamin Browne QC is noted for his mastery in cases involving catastrophic birth injury claims and negligent diagnoses. Browne acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants, employing his many years of experience to champion the interests of his clients. He is known for his expertise in cerebral palsy claims.
"He has extensive experience handling cross-jurisdictional matters." "He is able to cut through really complex issues and solicitors respect and value his opinion. He is also excellent at ADR and GSMs."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim brought against a Trinidadian hospital and one of its doctors in San Fernando. The claim arose out of alleged negligent treatment at and around the time of the claimant's birth which led to severe neurological damage.

Strengths:

Bradley Martin QC
Bradley Martin QC handles a broad range of cases, and has particular interest in claims arising from catastrophic injuries to the spine and brain. He is instructed by a mixture of claimants and defendants.
"He is a force to be reckoned with and has a lot of gravitas. He is very analytical and has been invaluable when risk assessing in complex cases." "A phenomenal silk - he brings real confidence and purpose to the team and he is superb on quantum issues." "He is a smooth operator and fights his corner very well."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of NHS Resolution in relation to the evolving claims relating to vaginal mesh.

Strengths:

Caroline Harrison QC
Caroline Harrison QC is a high-ranking silk specialising in clinical negligence, with a particular focus on cases arising from adult brain damage, as well as neonatal and spinal injuries. She is also an expert in niche areas of medical law such as granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microbiological causation in septic arthritis. Her practice also incorporates personal injury and health and safety cases.
"She is fabulous on both liability and quantum and superb when it comes to scientific evidence. She also has incredible interpersonal skills." "Extremely bright, clever and meticulous in her work." "Caroline is very experienced and very well regarded in the field."

Strengths:

Helen Wolstenholme
Helen Wolstenholme acts for both claimants and defendants in complex medical negligence claims. She is regularly instructed in wrongful birth, delayed diagnosis and mental health cases. She is also experienced in the handling of fatal claims.
"She is meticulous at planning and clients have a lot of confidence in her. She is an excellent junior." "She's very impressive in RTMs and conferences." "She fights her client's corner and is a robust and very good advocate."
Recent work: Represented NHS Resolution in a claim arising out of the alleged mismanagement of the claimant's inflammatory eye disease.

Strengths:

Martin Porter QC
Martin Porter QC is an experienced barrister who is highly proficient at handling complex clinical negligence matters, including those arising from psychiatric and brain injury. His practice is primarily defendant-focused. He regularly undertakes appellate advocacy.
"He argues his cases extremely well and is a superb trial advocate." "He is meticulous in his preparation for a case."

Strengths:

Michael de Navarro QC
Michael de Navarro QC is highly praised by peers and other market sources for his clinical negligence expertise, particularly when it comes to catastrophic injury cases such as brain and spinal cord injury claims. He handles everything from small injury claims to those of the highest value and severity, and acts for both claimants and defendants. He has worked on a number of wrongful birth cases.
"Michael is very experienced, really knows the medicine inside and out and the experts have confidence in him." "A force to be reckoned with. He is charming and easy to engage with and witnesses and experts always warm to him."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant trust in a brain injury case brought by a claimant who alleged that her congenital condition was inadequately managed in hospital, and that prolonged seizure activity led to HHE syndrome.

Strengths:

Robert Cumming
Robert Cumming is a junior barrister with knowledge of a wide array of clinical negligence matters, including several high-value birth injury and surgical cases. Although he predominantly represents defence organisations and NHS Resolution, he also represents claimants.
"He is a solid performer who is always prepared to go the extra mile and is very dependable and reliable." "He has a great understanding of, and provides excellent advice on a range of issues. He is also very good on quantum." "An excellent advocate who is excellent on paper too. He's also very commercially aware."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the defendant trust in a multimillion-pound case arising out a failed attempt at ventilation resulting in cardiac arrest and brain damage.

Strengths:

Roger Harris
Roger Harris is a well-regarded junior noted for his particular expertise handling cases arising from catastrophic injuries. He is an expert on cases relating to birth injuries, plastic surgery and mental health. He also takes on technically complicated personal injury cases.
"A very thorough and clear advocate." "He is very bright and strategic." "Great with clients."
Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant trust in a claim brought by a claimant seeking to recover damages including thousands of pounds of gambling losses arising out of an alleged pathological gambling condition he had developed following psychological injury resulting from an alleged delay in the defendant treating a life-threatening post-surgical haematoma.

Strengths:

Sam Stevens
Sam Stevens is experienced in the handling of a range of complex clinical negligence claims, including those arising from failed diagnoses. He is regularly called upon to represent insurers and private clinicians.
"He has excellent attention to detail." "Sam has a great head for figures and is a top choice for quantum disputes. He provides excellent written advice and is very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a claim concerning the alleged negligent performance of a total hip replacement, following which the claimant developed a foot drop deformity.

Strengths:

Sarah Vaughan Jones QC
Sarah Vaughan Jones QC is a leading silk admired by peers and clients alike for her expansive medical knowledge and years of professional experience. She is noted for her proficiency in brain and spinal injury claims, and obstetric negligence cases. She is also highly experienced in personal injury and professional negligence litigation.
"Her attention to detail is phenomenal and in a medical context her knowledge is incredible." "She is superb - spectacular on her feet and incredibly detailed and thorough." "Excels at cutting through complex medical issues concerning liability and equally brilliant at quantum. She is a master of her art."

Strengths:

William Wraight
William Wraight is a barrister with a depth of knowledge and expertise drawn from his years as a surgeon and medical tutor at Cambridge University. He has been instructed in an array of cases, including those arising from missed diagnoses. He is well regarded for his ability to analyse tricky medical evidence. He represents both claimants and defendants.
"He is meticulous and extremely detail-conscious." "He is well liked by clients but equally he holds respect with experts and opponents alike due to his sharp mind and his fierce combination of knowing both the law and the medicine." "Has an excellent grasp of technical medical matters as well as being very good on legal procedure."
Recent work: Successfully defended a claim involving allegations of a total absence of consent for a spinal anaesthetic and a femoral nerve block for knee replacement surgery, and alleged negligence in performing the spinal anaesthetic before, rather than after, the femoral nerve block.

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London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Benjamin Browne QC
Band 1
Bradley Martin QC
Band 2
Caroline Harrison QC
Band 1
Martin Porter QC
Band 3
Michael de Navarro QC
Band 1
Sarah Vaughan Jones QC
Band 1

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