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Hailsham Chambers

Clinical Negligence

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Hailsham Chambers is described by instructing solicitors as "very well known in the clinical negligence market" and "a really solid set which can cover the full spectrum of work." The team is highly regarded for its expert representation of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of clinical negligence cases, and offers considerable strength in brain and spinal injury, obstetric and fatal claims. Members are also recognised for their adroit handling of claims involving allegations of surgical negligence and failures in diagnoses. Difficult quantum disputes and cases involving complex issues surrounding liability and causation are also key areas of strength for the team.

Client service:

"The clerking team is phenomenal - Hailsham is a very business-minded set and they are attuned to the budgetary requirements of clients." "The clerks are superb and very responsive." "The clerks are very easy to deal with and do anything they can to help. They are very efficient and offer a fantastic service." The senior clerk is Stephen Smith.

Strengths:

Alexander Hutton QC
Alexander Hutton QC is a highly sought-after silk with over 20 years' experience of practising within the field of medical law. He is entrusted by both claimants and defendants to handle cases of high value and complexity.
"A great communicator and an excellent key player. He has a complete mastery of the most complex and high-value cases." "An outstanding litigator who elicits trust and confidence from his clients. A superb all-rounder both on paper and in court." "He identifies issues in cases early on and provides astute tactical advice. One of the best clinical negligence silks around."
Recent work: Instructed in a complex claim relating to the treatment provided before, during and immediately after a micro-laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy operation at the hospital.

Strengths:

Andrew Post QC
Andrew Post QC demonstrates far-reaching expertise in the field and handles high-value matters, ranging in sensitivity and severity, for both claimants and defendants. He has a particular interest in cases arising from birth injury claims and those pertaining to neurosurgery and spinal surgery.
"He's great with clients, smart and knowledgeable." "His grasp of quantum is amazing." "An excellent clinical negligence silk who has a knack for  simplifying complex matters."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who had suffered very severe brain damage as a consequence of delays in the treatment of jaundice caused by an unusual genetic condition.

Strengths:

Catherine Ewins
Catherine Ewins has a diverse caseload and regularly tackles complex, high-value claims. She demonstrates considerable strength when handling matters pertaining to delayed diagnosis and failure to diagnose. She is also well able to contend with cases involving catastrophic injuries and fatalities. She is adept at handling litigation, mediation and inquests.
"She is hugely diligent, very responsive and gets to the heart of a problem very quickly." "Catherine is breathtakingly clever. Her ability to think on her feet is outstanding."

Strengths:

David Pittaway QC
David Pittaway QC is an experienced silk who acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants in high-profile matters, undertaking cases arising from catastrophic injuries. He regularly handles matters involving cauda equina and birth injury, and is an expert at dealing with complex medical causation issues.
"Brilliant when it comes to strategy and tactics." "He is extremely approachable, immediately gets to the root of the issue in a case and understands the medicine extremely well."
Recent work: Defended a paramedic's insurers in a claim brought by a professional boxer who sustained an injury in a tournament and brought a claim based on a delay in obtaining treatment for a brain injury which it is alleged would have been less severe if treated promptly.

Strengths:

Dominic Nolan QC
Dominic Nolan QC has amassed a wealth of knowledge over his lengthy career. His particular area of expertise lies in high-value matters involving breach of duty and causation, specifically in relation to severe brain and spinal injury claims. He handles claims for both claimants and defendants.
"He is hugely experienced, very insightful and has a great eye for detail." "He's very well prepared and his judgement is always spot on." "He has an incredible eye for the medicine as well as the law."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Barts Health NHS Trust in a birth injury case involving complex liability and causation issues.

Strengths:

Eva Ferguson
Eva Ferguson is regularly called upon to act for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of clinical negligence cases. Her broad expertise encompasses brain and spinal injury and failed diagnosis claims, among other matters.
"She is very experienced and her pleadings are always terrific." "Thanks to her wider professional negligence experience, Eva is fantastic in cases with procedural complexities."
Recent work: Represented a child in a brain damage claim caused by a failure to re-intubate them quickly enough after accidental extubation.

Strengths:

Fiona Neale
Fiona Neale is a knowledgeable barrister who manages an extensive practice and is routinely instructed in matters involving spinal surgery and neurosurgery. She is also well regarded for her handling of cases arising from the delayed diagnosis of cancer. She acts for a mix of claimant and defendant clients.
"A powerful and robust advocate." "She is very detailed and excellent in mediations and negotiations."

Strengths:

Jane Mishcon
Jane Mishcon is a highly regarded junior with a broad clinical negligence practice encompassing a range of matters, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, fatal accidents and failures to diagnose. She has chaired several independent inquiries. She represents both claimants and defendants.
"Jane is hugely experienced, very understanding of her clients' needs and offers decisive and clear advice." "She's very impressive in court and is not someone who misses anything." "Skilled, precise and knowledgeable. She's able to distil key issues succinctly and with a clear strategy in mind."

Strengths:

Jane Tracy Forster
Jane Tracy Forster handles all manner of clinical negligence matters, ranging from relatively straightforward claims concerning anaesthesia to highly complex cases involving surgery. She continues to devote much of her practice to birth-related injury claims, and also regularly handles cerebral palsy and obstetric matters. She represents both claimants and defendants.
"Extremely thorough and great with clients. She leaves no stone unturned." "A seasoned and experienced junior with a great tactical approach. She is a great advocate."

Strengths:

Julian Picton QC
Julian Picton QC is a well-regarded barrister with experience acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants in high-value and medically complex clinical negligence claims. He focuses his practice on the handling of brain and neurological injury claims.
"Fantastic with clients and very forensic." "He has a wealth of experience, is accessible and responds quickly to any enquiries."

Strengths:

Matthew Jackson
Matthew Jackson is hailed for having a brilliant legal mind which he applies to a wide range of cases, including those concerning neurosurgery, spinal injuries, cardiology and plastic surgery. He almost exclusively acts on behalf of defendants such as the MPS and NHS Resolution. He has appeared in numerous high-stakes cases involving surgeons and cardiologists.
"He is incredibly client-focused and hard-working." "Phenomenal on his feet - he is calming and engaging. It's incredible to see him in action in court." "An incredibly bright and experienced senior junior."
Recent work: Defended Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust against a claim arising out of alleged failings in the treatment of a stroke victim.

Strengths:

Nicholas Peacock
Nicholas Peacock is routinely instructed by both patients and medical organisations to undertake clinical negligence matters at all levels. He often appears in the High Court. He also provides high-quality representation at inquests and professional discipline cases.
"He has a keen eye for detail and is rock-solid on quantum. He has an astute nose for strategy and tactics." "He is a good, skilled negotiator and is very experienced in this field."

Strengths:

Nicola Campbell-Clause
Nicola Campbell-Clause is a talented barrister who is noted for her expert representation of both claimants and defendants in complex clinical negligence cases. She is regularly called upon to advise her clients on a range of complex matters such as cauda equina cases and brain injury claims.
"Incredibly detailed and very strategic." "She has the ability to deal with a range of complex clinical negligence matters with ease and approachability, demonstrating her outstanding versatility." "She's extremely good at drafting complex defences and advising on complex procedural matters."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim in which the claimant sued two dental practices alleging dental negligence. The practices in turn sought to bring the individual dentists into the claim.

Strengths:

Peter Ellis
Peter Ellis is a leading barrister who handles complex matters such as those pertaining to spinal cord and brain injuries. He is regularly instructed by leading UK firms to undertake very severe cases. His understanding of the evidential issues is informed by his medical background.
"An excellent barrister who is incredibly thoughtful and compassionate with clients. He is always calm and measured and gives sound advice." "He's a former medic so he is very sharp on difficult medical issues." "He has a great eye for the finer details."
Recent work: Instructed in a fatal case concerning a failure to diagnose a serious cardiac condition in a professional rugby player.

Strengths:

Tejina Mangat
Tejina Mangat is a former doctor who represents claimants in highly complex cases spanning the full range of clinical negligence matters, including brain injury and delayed diagnosis claims. She also specialises in coroners' inquests.
"Tejina is methodical, analytical and brings a wealth of experience with her. She handles experts and clients well." "She's really fantastic in major cases, is phenomenally bright and knows the medicine incredibly well."

Strengths:

Thomas Crockett
Thomas Crockett is well regarded for his expertise in complex surgical and nursing cases, and is well versed in claims concerning the causation of psychiatric illnesses. He is also noted for his ability to handle wrongful birth claims, and counts both claimants and defendants among his clients.
"He has excellent advocacy and drafting skills and is very personable and professional. He always responds promptly and is good with clients, experts and witnesses." "He gets to the heart of the issues and is knowledgeable when discussing complex medical issues with experts."
Recent work: Defended Inter-County Paramedics in a claim brought by a boxer who was seriously brain-damaged during a boxing bout. The allegations related to the care the boxer received from paramedics, including the choice of destination hospital.

Clinical Negligence

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Alexander Hutton QC
Band 1
Andrew Post QC
Band 1
David Pittaway QC
Band 1
Dominic Nolan QC
Band 1
Julian Picton QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Catherine Ewins
Band 3

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