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Patricia Hitchcock QC

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Practice Areas

Clinical negligence, catastrophic injury, inquests, medical law, related administrative law and regulatory matters. Highlight case list on

Mediator, CEDR accredited 2003.

I also sit as a Recorder in criminal matters in the Crown Court.


Non-fiction book editor for 10 years in UK and USA. Elected 'Mother' of the NUJ chapel at Hutchinson Books, discovered taste for advocacy. Called to the UK Bar 1988. Initial common law practice dominated by criminal defence (over 100 Crown Court trials), plus personal injury, employment, discrimination and education law. Specialised in medical cases in 1996. Busy High Court and appellate practice; regularly instructed in major multi-million pound cases on both liability and quantum, especially brain and spinal injury; cancer; psychiatric negligence; fatal accidents. Took silk 2011. Appointed Recorder (in Crime) 2018.

Professional Memberships

Council member of Justice; Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Lawyers Group and Inquest Project; Case Reviewer for Advocate; Inquest Lawyers Group; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Exchange; Civil Mediation Council; MIND Legal Network.


Co-author, Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service Division XV: Claims of the Utmost Severity. Chapter author (on Experts) for Clinical Negligence, ed. Lewis and Buchan (Bloomsbury Professional). Various articles.


Married to sculptor Peter Brooke-Ball; adult daughter and son, feisty granddaughter.