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Outer Temple Chambers

Clinical Negligence

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Outer Temple Chambers is praised by instructing solicitors as a "chambers with a well-deserved reputation for excellence." It houses a strong bench of senior and junior barristers who have experience of representing both claimants and defendants in a wide range of clinical negligence claims. Areas of expertise for the team include birth injury and catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases, as well as high-value quantum disputes. Members are also adept at acting for doctors and other healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings, drawing on the set's strength in complementary areas such as employment and professional discipline. Standout recent cases handled by the set include Khan v Meadows, a complex wrongful birth claim heard in the Supreme Court.

Client service:

"The clerks will always go the extra mile to help." "They are very efficient and collaborative when trying to get things organised and have a hands-on approach." "The clerks work very well together and they make the impossible happen." The practice director for the health team, Paul Barton, is "instrumental to chambers and leads the team with aplomb - he is the vital link between barrister and solicitor and is always looking to provide an all-round service to clients."

Strengths:

Ben Bradley
Ben Bradley is instructed by both claimants and defendant practitioners in complex clinical negligence cases, particularly those arising from catastrophic injuries. He has substantial experience of handling cases pertaining to spinal cord injury and neonatal deaths.
"He is very tactically aware and provides outstanding written advice on technical quantum issues." "Extremely knowledgeable, hard-working and tenacious when presented with difficult cases." "A very experienced junior barrister with an excellent grasp of the medical and legal detail and a good manner with clients."
Recent work: Instructed in a significant spinal injury case arising from the misdiagnosis and subsequent failure to treat a spinal abscess.

Strengths:

Christopher Kemp
Christopher Kemp is a well-regarded practitioner who is instructed on behalf of both claimant and defendant clients in high-value clinical negligence cases. He has particular expertise in cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. He also has a profound knowledge of vascular surgery claims.
"Christopher has excellent negotiation skills." "He's very good with people but is very dogged in court. He argues his point very well."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a high-value cerebral palsy case which involved complex liability issues.

Strengths:

Christopher Wilson-Smith KC
Christopher Wilson-Smith KC is widely praised for his expertise and is frequently instructed by both claimants and defendants in high-profile cases, a number of which concern birth injury claims. He has a portfolio of multimillion-pound wins under his belt, many of which concern cerebral palsy.
"His desire to get to the heart of an issue is extraordinary." "A pleasure to work with and an utterly reassuring leader to have at the helm." "A phenomenal courtroom advocate."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimant an obstetric negligence case in which the claimant developed cerebral palsy following a failure to monitor fetal heart rate, which led to a delay in delivery.

Strengths:

David Haines
David Haines is a former hospital doctor who draws on his deep medical knowledge when litigating challenging claims relating to injuries and fatalities. He also represents family members at inquests.
"He's very quick and he always makes time for his clients - he is a superb help with any case he is instructed in." "He has good medical knowledge, sound judgement and is phenomenally hard-working." "Fights for his clients and is forensic, detailed and driven."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a claimant who fell and struck his head during an epileptic fit. He was subjected to surgery which involved part of the operation being done in error on the wrong side of his head. There were unreasonable avoidable delays in the treatment of the claimant which probably caused a 60% worsening of cognitive outcome.

Strengths:

Eliot Woolf KC
Eliot Woolf KC has an enviable caseload and handles a wide range of high-value claims for both claimants and defendants, including those arising from spinal injuries, birth injuries and orthopaedic surgery. He is also well regarded for his expertise in wrongful birth cases.
"He is very clever, always well prepared and a really good advocate." "He really cares about the client's situation and he works intelligently, thoroughly and with immediacy." "Acts for both claimant and defendants, which gives him invaluable knowledge and experience."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Khan v Meadows, a wrongful birth claim brought on behalf of a mother whose son was born with both haemophilia and autism.

Strengths:

Gordon Bebb KC
Gordon Bebb KC is a venerable silk who is frequently instructed by both claimants and defendants in high-profile clinical negligence claims, a number of which concern birth injuries. He also handles medical disciplinary proceedings and personal injury claims.
"He is very calm, thorough, concise and has good tactical judgement. He is also very good at assessing where the risks lie and has excellent advocacy skills."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimant in a fatal claim arising from a failure to detect a defective heart condition and thereafter failure to take remedial steps.

Strengths:

Harry Trusted
Harry Trusted handles catastrophic injury cases, including those involving brain damage, amputation and cancer. He is also regularly sought after to undertake wrongful birth cases. His impressive client roster includes patients, NHS hospital trusts and clinicians.
"He has tremendous judgement and a great eye for a case. He’ll fight what needs to be fought and will advise when things can't be pursued." "He is very thorough and on the ball when it comes to the latest developments in quantum. He's good at analysing and quantifying cases."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered a brain injury as a result of an undiagnosed stroke.

Strengths:

James Aldridge
James Aldridge is a significant player in the market who has over 30 years' experience. He tackles a wide range of cases, including those arising from cerebral palsy, wrongful birth and surgical negligence. He is also an expert in handling claims arising from delayed cancer diagnosis. He acts predominantly for claimants.
"Utterly reliable, excellent with experts and clients love him." "He is fiercely bright, very good at cross-examining expert witnesses and medical witnesses, very well organised, thorough and calm." "He is able to get his head around complex medical issues and conditions and always deals with clients with sensitivity."

Strengths:

James Counsell KC
James Counsell KC upholds a well-balanced clinical negligence practice serving both claimants and defendants, including dentists and doctors. His instructions concern the full spectrum of allegations including surgical and diagnostic errors. He is also accomplished at handling personal injury cases.
"He is very knowledgeable, completely on top of the legal issues and able to offer sensible and tactically astute advice." "He's skilful when handling witnesses and experts in conference." "Very impressive in court."
Recent work: Acted for an elderly claimant in a claim for damages when spinal surgery led to a dural tear (in covering of the spinal cord), causing loss of mobility and bowel/bladder problems.

Strengths:

Jonathan Hand KC
Jonathan Hand KC is a talented silk who receives instructions from both claimants and defendants. He is particularly adept at handling high-value cases involving severe neurological and spinal injuries, and is well versed in Fatal Accidents Act claims.
"His client care is phenomenal and even in high-intensity litigation he is calm all the time." "He is measured, very sharp and well liked by clients. He provides exceptional drafting and his attention to detail is excellent. Jonathan never misses a trick and is very forensic."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from the death of her husband from a heart attack following the hospital's failure to send a follow-up letter to the GP.

Strengths:

Nathan Tavares KC
Nathan Tavares KC is a specialist in the field who has particular expertise in cases involving spinal cord injuries, psychiatric negligence, birth injuries and negligent neurosurgery. He is instructed by both claimants and defendants.
"He is excellent at maximising quantum and has a detailed understanding of catastrophic injuries." "He brings another level of expertise to brain injury cases."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a claimant who sustained paraplegia as the result of delayed diagnosis of a spinal tumour.

Strengths:

Rachel Vickers KC
Rachel Vickers KC manages a busy clinical negligence practice, acting for both claimants and defendant medical bodies such as NHS Resolution. She is particularly noted for her work on claims involving high-value neonatal or spinal injuries. She is also experienced in the handling of claims arising from delayed or missed diagnoses.
"She's very diligent and has a very good eye for fine detail." "She's brilliant - meticulous and focuses on the key issues in a case." "She has the most amazing intellect and has recently taken silk, which reflects her excellence and her experience. She is also empathetic with clients and very effective at handling experts."

Strengths:

Robert Dickason
Robert Dickason is a well-regarded junior barrister who demonstrates notable strength in representing both claimants and defendants in complex clinical negligence claims. He is well versed in group actions, and has considerable experience handling difficult liability and quantum disputes. 
"He is very good with clients, responsive and thorough."
Recent work: Successfully defended the MoD in the Q Fever Litigation, a series of clinical negligence claims brought by soldiers suffering permanent fatigue syndromes as a result of Q fever infection during deployment to Afghanistan.

Strengths:

Sarah Crowther KC
Sarah Crowther KC is a highly respected silk in the clinical negligence market with notable experience of handling birth injury claims involving complex liability and quantum issues. She is also regularly instructed in spinal injury claims and matters involving allegations of breach of duty. Her clients include both claimants and defendants.
"A tough negotiator who fights her client's corner." "She's energetic, cuts through the issues of a case with ease and has a first-rate intellect." "Brilliant with clients."
Recent work: Represented a claimant in case concerning a failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome.

Strengths:

Tom Gibson
Tom Gibson represents both claimants and defendants in claims arising from delayed diagnoses, birth injuries and surgical negligence. He has experience of appearing before medical inquests on behalf of both NHS trusts and bereaved families. He is also noted for his expertise in sports-related clinical negligence cases.
"He has a very good way with clients and can put them at their ease even in sensitive cases." "His drafting is impeccable." "He is extremely thorough and technically very strong."
Recent work: Acted for an ex-Premier League and Championship striker at Nottingham Forest who sued the club for their mismanagement of his Achilles tendon injury, which led to his career ending early aged just 28.

Clinical Negligence

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Silks (KC)

London (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Christopher Wilson-Smith KC
Senior Statespeople
Eliot Woolf KC
Band 2
Gordon Bebb KC
Band 3
James Counsell KC
Band 3
Jonathan Hand KC
Band 3
Nathan Tavares KC
Band 3

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