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9 Gough Chambers

Clinical Negligence

8 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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9 Gough Chambers houses a strong bench of clinical negligence barristers at both senior and junior level. Members are routinely called upon to act for both claimants and defendants, and are experienced in the handling of complex cases arising from delayed diagnoses and failed cosmetic surgery. Additional areas of strength for the team include catastrophic brain and spinal injury, birth injury and wrongful birth claims, and the set is also noted for its expertise in dental negligence matters. Instructing solicitors note that the set's barristers are all "very reliable, approachable and provide sound advice."

Client service:

"The clerks, led by the excellent Michael Goodridge, are all very helpful." "It's a very easy chambers to liaise with and the clerks go out of their way to assist if they can." "Michael Goodridge is fantastic and helps make sure you instruct the right barrister for each case." "The whole team is very communicative - they'll call you right back and they deal with the issue straight away. They're also realistic with fees and understand how claimant costs work, which is really helpful." The executive civil and mediation clerk Ellie Brand is described as "helpful and responsive," as well as "confident, organised and pleasant to deal with."

Strengths:

Christopher Stephenson
A specialist clinical negligence barrister whose practice is exclusively claimant-based. His caseload includes cases concerning plastic surgery, failure to diagnose and wrongful birth claims.
"He has the most amazing rapport with clients and an amazing ability to put them at ease." "His grasp of the details in complex cases is very impressive."
Recent work: Instructed in Barrow v University of Leicester Hospital NHS Trust, a claim brought by the parents of a child who died as a result of Kawasaki disease. The parents alleged that the defendant's failure to treat the disease in its early stages resulted in the death of their son.

Strengths:

Giles Mooney QC
Dedicates his practice to dealing with clinical negligence and personal injury claims. He represents both claimants and defendants, and has knowledge pertaining to a wide variety of issues, including birth injuries, as well as surgical and diagnosis cases.
"Always on top of his cases and he's very good with clients and experts." "He's very good on his feet - an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Represented a claimant who sustained shoulder dystocia, resulting in Erb's palsy, in the course of delivery.

Strengths:

Grahame Aldous QC
Routinely instructed by claimants and defendants to undertake complex, high-value cases. He is well known for his ability to undertake clinical negligence cases with an international element.
"An effortless and supremely skilled advocate. He has a dedicated and caring approach with clients."

Strengths:

Helen Pooley
Hailed as a rising star in the clinical negligence space. Her broad expertise encompasses obstetric and gynaecological claims and cases arising from the delayed diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic injuries.
"Extremely hard-working, intelligent, reliable and empathetic. Helen leaves no stone unturned when dealing with cases." "She's a fount of knowledge. She has a remarkable way of putting clients at ease and she has an encyclopedic knowledge of this area of law." "Her advocacy is outstanding."

Strengths:

Jacob Levy QC
A well-respected silk with over 30 years' experience. He devotes much of his practice to claimant-focused work, and is regularly instructed in all manner of cases, ranging from the relatively modest to those of the greatest complexity. He counts a number of large trade unions among his clients. He has impressive experience in claims regarding birth injuries as well as spinal damage.
"He's very, very experienced, and his attention to detail is second to none. He leaves no stone unturned." "A superb advocate." "He's excellent - extremely thorough, hard-working, good with clients and a real fighter."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered serious neurological compromise as a result of the alleged failed immobilisation of her spine by the ambulance crew who attended her home.

Strengths:

Laura Begley
An experienced senior junior who undertakes a growing caseload of complex cases spanning the full spectrum of medical law, including diagnostic and surgical errors. She impresses with her pragmatic approach when handling matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants.
"An impressive advocate who has great technical ability. She is empathic and patient with clients, and provides clear and concise advice." "She's extremely hard-working, thorough and excellent on medical, technical and settlement issues." "She's great - very knowledgeable, experienced and technically excellent."

Strengths:

Robert Horner
A well-regarded junior experienced in the handling of complex clinical negligence and personal injury claims. He is regularly instructed in cases arising from negligent treatment and failures in diagnoses, and acts for both claimants and defendants.
"He has an excellent manner with clients and explains complex legal principles in a very clear way." "Very personable and really knows his stuff - I always feel I am in safe hands with him."

Strengths:

Stuart McKechnie QC
Focuses on handling catastrophic claims involving complex matters of law. In addition to being an expert clinical negligence advocate, he upholds a robust personal injury practice.
"He's absolutely unbelievable - one of the most hard-working silks and his attention to detail and work ethic is amazing." "He's always incredibly well prepared and he's a fount of knowledge and experience."

Clinical Negligence

9 Gough Chambers

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Location

3-5 Norwich Street

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Greater London

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EC4A 1DR

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Giles Mooney QC
Band 3
Grahame Aldous QC
Band 2
Jacob Levy QC
Band 3
Stuart McKechnie QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Christopher Stephenson
Band 3
Helen Pooley
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