Exchange Chambers

Christopher Barnes

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Chris practises exclusively in high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He has a particular expertise in claims against the Ministry of Defence, acting for the claimants in the reported claims of Bradlaugh (CC), Birch (HC and CA), Ifede (HC) and Lillington (CC and CA). His experience includes claims for NFCI, NIHL, bullying, stress fractures and clinical negligence (within the forces). His general personal injury work includes catastrophic brain, spinal injuries and amputation claims, with a number of settlements in excess of £10,000,000, one of which exceeded £13,500,000. He represented the successful appellant in the Court of Appeal in the case of Crooks v Hendricks Lovell (regarding the interplay of the CRU regime and CPR Part 36). He represented the claimants in Fry v McFaull (considering the Coles v Perfect guidelines) and Brown v Alexander (re. disclosure of case management records – reported on Lawtel). He covers the full range of clinical negligence claims including medical, surgical, GP, dental and physiotherapy negligence. He successfully recovered damages of £1,000,000 for a servicewoman whose developing cauda equina syndrome was missed by her (MOD) GP and physiotherapist and by her (NHS) neurosurgeon.