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Deans Court Chambers

Clinical Negligence

5 ranked barristersBand 2Northern (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Deans Court Chambers is a highly regarded set on the Northern Circuit housing a strong bench of clinical negligence barristers. Members act for both claimants and defendants, including several NHS trusts, in high-value birth injury, failure to diagnose and surgical negligence claims. The set's tenants are also well equipped to represent clients at inquests, and are regularly called upon to handle cases involving complex issues of consent.

Client service:

"The clerks are incredibly helpful and get back to you quickly." "The clerking service is sharp and efficient." "Pete Conwell is impressive and a real pleasure to work with." The clerking is led by Matthew Gibbons and by senior civil clerk Andy Flannigan.

Strengths:

David Eccles
David Eccles continues to manage a diverse clinical negligence practice that encompasses cases concerning gynaecological, surgical and spinal injuries. He frequently acts in cases where mismanagement of bone injury and disease has led to life-changing disability. He is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants.
"He can always identify the best route through a case to achieve the client's aims and the best outcome, even in difficult circumstances. He is excellent with clients, and his settlement and negotiating skills with opponents are second to none." "Very capable and highly skilled, really good at what he does and very personable."

Strengths:

Michael Smith
Michael Smith typically advises defendants on personal injury and clinical negligence claims that include birth injury, delays in diagnosis of cancer and infections. He is well placed to act in cases involving complex questions of patient consent.
"Concise in his defence and quickly gets to grips with complex medical issues. He is excellent in conference with upset and anxious doctors and is a go-to counsel for a sensitive approach." "He will drill down into every detail in the case and nothing gets past him. He is very persuasive as an advocate, and his knowledge of case law and putting together an argument is exemplary."

Strengths:

Stephen Grime QC
Stephen Grime QC is a well-respected silk with terrific experience in a huge variety of civil claims, including major clinical negligence cases. He is skilled on both the claimant and defence sides of cerebral palsy claims.
"A very skilled barrister, especially in high-value or complex cases."
Recent work: Advised the claimant in Sallis v University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, a case concerning an injury during spinal surgery. A technical error during the operation could not be established so the claim advanced on the basis that negligent advice had been given as to risks and benefits of such surgery.

Strengths:

Timothy Ryder
Timothy Ryder is an experienced practitioner with an exclusive focus on claimant cases. He regularly works on infant brain injury claims, including those relating to cerebral palsy.
"He is good on the technical aspects of law, especially in relation to complex, life-changing injuries. He is very good with clients and is an approachable and good communicator." "Highly skilled and knowledgeable, very methodical, and his drafting is superb. He is always happy to pick up the phone and discuss cases."

Strengths:

Victoria Heyworth
Victoria Heyworth attracts praise as a talented and client-friendly clinical negligence specialist who acts for both claimants and defendants. She is instructed in cases surrounding delayed diagnosis, surgical negligence and other issues, including claims brought against anaesthetists.
"Her written work is really good, she has a forensic approach, she is good on details, and her drafting is robust and thorough. She is helpful, responsive, easygoing, and sympathetic and helpful to the client. She is good on her feet at hearings and always well prepared. She's thorough, forensic, and has a really good advocacy style that commands the respect of the court."

Clinical Negligence

Deans Court Chambers

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Location

24 St John Street

Manchester

Lancashire

UK

M3 4DF

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Silks (QC)

Northern (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Stephen Grime QC
Band 1

Juniors

Northern (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


David Eccles
Band 1
Michael Smith
Band 2
Timothy Ryder
Band 2
Victoria Heyworth
Band 3