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Specialises in clinical negligence, medical law, human rights and healthcare (including regulatory work) and catastrophic personal injury. Cases include high-value birth injury, wrongful birth, psychiatric injury and fatal claims involving Article 2. Represented Kenyan nationals in group litigation arising out of abuses in Kenya in the 1950s, at trial in the High Court for over 2.5 years. Experience of litigation in the ECHR resulting in successful judgment by the Grand Chamber and conclusion of cases by way of friendly settlement.

Recent cases include brain injury as a result of hyperpyrexia during private gastric band surgery complicated by further negligence under NHS care (against 4 defendants); birth injuries arising out of prolonged partial hypoxic ischaemia (syntocinon administration) and acute profound hypoxia ischaemia (cord compression); negligent transmission of HIV infection during birth; chronic pain following negligent nerve division.


Called to the Bar 1993 (Gray’s Inn); practised in London until moving to the Northern Circuit in 1999.

Appointed First Tier Tribunal Judge to the Health and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health), 2007; Special Educational needs and Disability Tribunal, 2019.

Professional Memberships



Assistant Editor, Fatal Accidents Chapter, Butterworths 'Personal Injury Litigation Service'.


Enjoys music and gardening.