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Cloisters Chambers

Clinical Negligence

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Cloisters Chambers houses a strong bench of senior and junior barristers who are experienced in the representation of claimants in a wide range of clinical negligence matters. Members are highly regarded for their expertise in complex neurological birth injury and cancer claims, including those involving allegations of delayed or missed diagnoses. Additional areas of strength for the team include difficult quantum disputes and consent to treatment cases. The set's barristers are also regularly called upon to appear at inquests and in public inquiries, and several of the tenants have recently been involved in the Infected Blood Inquiry. Instructing solicitors note that the set "has an excellent reputation and a deep bench of barristers," adding that "everyone is really down to earth and able to work collaboratively."

Client service:

"The clerks are very responsive and engaging." "The whole team is very user-friendly and approachable. They actually think about who would be best suited to the case when making recommendations and you can really trust them." "They make the effort to get to know everybody personally and they go the extra mile for their clients. They really look after you." "You really feel like part of the same team and they're all very helpful, responsive and prepared to come to an agreement on fees." The senior clerk is Glenn Hudson.

Strengths:

Hannah Godfrey
Regularly instructed by leading firms to handle maximum severity cases. She has handled a number of matters concerning cerebral palsy, spinal injury and the delayed diagnosis of cancer. She devotes her practice to the representation of claimants.
"She is extremely thorough and has tremendous empathy with her clients." "She provides very clear advice and is very detail-oriented."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a quantum-only birth injury claim brought against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust.

Strengths:

Joel Donovan QC
Highly sought after for cases of the greatest complexity and highest value. Much of his practice is devoted to handling claims relating to serious brain and spinal injuries, such as cauda equina syndrome.
"He leaves no stone unturned and is a bright and tenacious advocate." "Excellent with clients and maintains an air of calm even in the most difficult of cases. His attention to detail is excellent and he is always approachable and responsive." "He is very thorough and his legal analysis is very strong."

Strengths:

Linda Jacobs
An experienced advocate, well respected by peers for her extensive capabilities in the fields of clinical negligence and personal injury. She regularly represents clients at inquests and in fatal claims.
"Very forensic and methodical." "She provides very practical advice."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered paraplegia as a result of a delay in diagnosing a spinal cord injury.

Strengths:

Martyn McLeish
Established clinical negligence barrister, widely known for handling high-value cases involving a wide range of medical issues. He tackles a diverse caseload, and is frequently instructed in claims concerning cerebral palsy and psychiatric injuries.
"A very strong advocate. He is really thorough, knows the papers well and is incredibly knowledgeable." "He is excellent with clients in conference and at settlement meetings."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered significant damage to her spine as a result of the defendant NHS trust's failure to order an MRI scan following a spinal infection.

Strengths:

Patricia Hitchcock QC
Particularly admired for her work on catastrophic spinal and brain injury cases, she is known for her extensive knowledge of her subject. She is also sought after to provide representation at inquests and in fatal accident claims. She has a strong understanding of mental health issues. Her broad expertise also encompasses high-value birth injury claims.
"She has a sharp mind, but takes a very caring approach towards her clients." "Incredibly experienced and detailed - a very impressive QC." "Excellent both on her feet and on paper."
Recent work: Instructed in a multimillion-pound claim arising from the mismanagement of a birth which left the claimant with a serious brain injury.

Strengths:

Simon Dyer QC
A talented silk who is highly skilled in the full range of medical law, with a particular focus on cases involving complex cerebral palsy and spinal injuries. He primarily represents claimants.
"Simon is extremely thorough and has amazing attention to detail. He is well organised and responsive, as well as very calm and reassuring with clients."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimant in a surgical negligence case brought against St George's University Hospital NHS Trust.

Strengths:

Simon Taylor QC
A dual-qualified medical doctor and barrister. He is well versed in all manner of clinical negligence cases and has particular expertise in those involving incredibly complex legal issues. He is commended for having secured a series of high-profile, high-value wins.
"His first-class reputation is well deserved - he's an absolute pleasure to work with and brings a focus and clarity to his cases that is second to none." "He has a good grasp of technical medical issues and quantum issues relating to catastrophic injury cases, which serves him well during complex negotiations." "He quickly gets to the crux of the issue in the case."

Strengths:

William Latimer-Sayer QC
Applauded by market sources for his expertise in quantum, an area in which he is deemed to be unrivalled. He has a vast intellect and skill set, and is equally capable in handling clinical negligence and personal injury cases.
"He excels in high-value quantum cases thanks to his amazing knowledge and attention to detail. He's an approachable advocate and a keen negotiator." "He's a truly excellent barrister and he has excellent client care skills." "He's outstanding - his knowledge of the practice area is very impressive."
Recent work: Instructed in a cerebral palsy claim arising out of admitted negligence during the claimant's birth.

Clinical Negligence Department

Cloisters Chambers

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1 Pump Court

Temple

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 7AA

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Joel Donovan QC
Band 2
Patricia Hitchcock QC
Band 3
Simon Dyer QC
Band 3
Simon W Taylor QC
Band 1
William Latimer-Sayer QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Hannah Godfrey
Band 3