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. Interviewees note that they are an "excellent team with a good choice of top-quality barristers." 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. The set was recently involved in the high-profile case of Aeden Balwah v Surgi-Med Clinic and Dr Marwan Abdulla concerning alleged medical negligence at the time of a birth. Members also acted on a liability and quantum trial in a case of bilateral severe hip dysplasia in Colley v Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust.
"The clerking team are excellent and go far beyond what is expected."
"Senior clerk Lee Tyler and the team are superb - very professional, responsive, reliable and willing to help."
"The clerking team are responsive, approachable and superb at dealing with even last-minute requests in a calm and proficient manner."
Benjamin Browne KC 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.
"Benjamin is brilliant. He is a very good strategist and has a good eye for detail."
Michael de Navarro KC 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 a formidable advocate."
Caroline Harrison KC 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 demonstrates genuine empathy."
"Caroline combines an ability to get to grips with the scientific aspects of the evidence with dealing with nervous factual witnesses for whom court is a terrifying prospect."
Sarah Vaughan Jones KC 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.
"Sarah is superb at matters of utmost severity."
"Her attention to detail and strategic thinking are second to none."
"She is technically gifted, thorough and an outstanding advocate."
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.
"Anna is really excellent and very much in demand."
"She has a sharp mind and tremendous interpersonal skills."
"Her technical abilities during settlement meetings are noteworthy and she has an effortless style."
Bradley Martin KC 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.
"Bradley is a fantastic advocate and is fearless in court."
"He is very strong academically and always delivers a sophisticated analysis of the problem."
"Bradley is an excellent all-round lawyer and a real team player."
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.
"Roger is a great tactician."
"He is able to get to grips with the detail of complex, sensitive cases quickly and insightfully and is very calm under pressure."
"He has a very good intellect."
Martin Porter KC 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.
"Martin is extremely impressive when navigating the evidence but never loses the ability to demonstrate empathy when dealing with clients and witnesses."
"He is incredibly well prepared and incredibly hard-working."
"Martin is a superb and go-to KC."
Andrew Bershadski handles a range of clinical negligence work including brain injury matters and consent cases. He is well placed to act for both claimants and defendants.
"He has a keen eye for detail and an encouraging willingness to consider all possible avenues of a claim."
"He is articulate and understands the issues at heart."
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.
"Robert is incredibly intelligent and considers matters in a logical fashion."
"He has an impressive ability to grasp the detail of the case."
"Robert has an excellent manner which clients like and his judgement is very sound."
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.
"Helen has an excellent eye for detail and is very thorough."
"She is a very assured advocate."
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.
"William's surgical background is definitely an advantage. He is calm under pressure and is a real asset to a team."
"He has great drafting skills."
"William is easy to work with."
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.
"Sam gives clear and robust advice and is a pleasure to work with."
"His written work and advice is excellent."
"Sam is intelligent and thoughtful. He is able to work out where the vulnerabilities in a case are."