Kings Chambers

Clinical Negligence Department

Northern (Bar)
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Kings Chambers is widely regarded as a leading chambers for clinical negligence work and a go-to set for high-value and complex claims. Instructing solicitors consistently praise the set's strength and depth, noting that "the range of experience in clinical negligence available means that you can instruct Kings in any claim and be sure there will be someone of suitable call able to advise." Members act on behalf of both claimants and defendants, and are well-versed in birth injuries, including cerebral palsy cases, and spinal injury claims. The set also houses expertise in surgical negligence matters, and its barristers are frequently instructed in difficult quantum cases.

Client service: "The clerks are all extremely helpful, friendly and go out of their way to assist you." "The clerks at Kings are excellent. Paul Clarke and Aaron Smith always ensure instructions are dealt with and conferences are well organised. They know the barristers well and can advise on who is best to be instructed." Stephen Loxton is the director of clerking.

Charlotte Law

Frequently takes on inquests in fatal cases and claims for both physical and psychiatric injuries. Her mainly claimant-side practice takes in issues ranging from surgical negligence to failed dental treatment. She also acts in matters regarding obstetrics and gynaecology.
Strengths: "She is very empathetic with clients but at the same time has in-depth knowledge about the medicine and the law." "She is very logical and thorough, and she gives detailed advice."

Claire Steward

Has a broad claimant-side practice that includes cases relating to ophthalmology, gynaecology and the delayed diagnosis of cancer. She also handles surgical negligence matters, and is well versed in claims involving complex questions of liability.
Strengths: "She is thoroughly prepared and very accessible." "Her attention to detail is fantastic and she understand how to deal with each client based upon their individual circumstances." "Very thorough and has a brilliant eye for detail. She's also excellent in conference with experts and is very good with paperwork."

Helen Mulholland

Highly praised for the scope of her work, which ranges from complex delayed diagnosis cases to wrongful birth claims. She possesses additional strength in matters concerning failings in psychiatric care.
Strengths: "She is a tough and very effective negotiator, but is also very engaging with clients." "Very responsive, client-friendly and accommodating - she will always make time to come back to you and is a pleasure to work. She is a very robust and effective advocate." "Very tactical, experienced and good with clients."

Jeremy Roussak

Benefits from previous experience as a surgeon, which often assists with the cross-examination of experts. He has expertise in birth trauma and wrongful birth cases, as well as those involving negligent surgery.
Strengths: "He's pragmatic and straightforward."

Nicholas Braslavsky QC

Most active on the claimant side of a wide range of clinical negligence claims, including complex birth injury and delayed diagnosis. He is able to manage large class action suits and has substantive expertise in acquired brain injury in adults.
Strengths: "Approachable and easy to deal with." "He's client-focused at all times and shows genuine empathy. He gets straight to the heart of cases and he's immediately able to identify the core issues."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a claimant who suffered bilateral dyskinetic cerebral palsy due to obstetric mismanagement.

Richard Borrett

A popular junior who practises across a diverse caseload including surgical negligence and secondary victim claims. He possesses considerable experience in matters of consent and cases relating to the Mental Health Act.
Strengths: "He is approachable, easy to work with and thorough." "He is friendly, enthusiastic, very good with clients and his advice is always well thought through."

Sarah Pritchard QC

A widely commended advocate, who has notable experience in birth injury, spinal injury and failure to diagnose claims. She acts in cases arising from surgical negligence of multiple kinds and is regularly entrusted by hospitals and doctors to defend the highest-value claims, which typically involve numerous expert witnesses.
Strengths: "A pragmatic and resourceful barrister, who is straightforward and clear in her advice." "She is excellent in court and meticulous with her preparations."

Stephen Maguire

An important personal injury lawyer with notable experience in clinical negligence cases, including the delayed diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions as well as psychiatric care claims. He exhibits good knowledge of spinal conditions.
Recent work: "An excellent advocate."

Stephen McNamara

He has particular expertise in psychiatric harm cases and claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998, alongside a broader practice that includes complex spinal cases and failure to diagnose claims. His experience extends to claims relating to lifelong disabilities as a result of clinical negligence. He has acted in cases before the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He is highly impressive, technically excellent and always methodical." "His ability to absorb and analyse voluminous documentation and then tackle the important issues is very impressive. He adopts a forensic and thorough approach to each case and is a skilled communicator with experts and clients alike. An excellent barrister."
Recent work:  Instructed in an Article 2 jury inquest into the death of a long-term detained patient who had various learning and physical disabilities.