9 Gough Chambers

Stuart McKechnie QC

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Stuart took silk in 2018 and has quickly established a leading QC’s practice.

He specialises in the highest value catastrophic injury claims involving complex issues and large numbers of experts. Stuart works for many of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor firms in the country and almost all of his practice is at the High Court. He prides himself on bringing total commitment to every case and demonstrating outstanding attention to detail, sound judgment and excellent advocacy on behalf of all those he represents.

Stuart was awarded the title of ‘Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2017 and was shortlisted for Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2018. He is a previous winner of Personal Injury Barrister of the Year at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards.

Over the last 3-4 years Stuart recovered damages with a combined capital value in excess of £140,000,000 (one hundred and fifty million) on behalf of Claimants. In JDF (a Child) v Hampshire County Council, he settled what is thought to be the highest Personal Injury award ever made/approved by a Court in the UK, the equivalent of £28 million capitalised. In EXP v. Barker [2015] EWHC 1289 (QB) & [2017] EWCA Civ 63 he successfully represented a member of the judiciary in a clinical negligence action that was fought to trial and then the Court of Appeal. This case is now a leading authority on conflict of interest.

Stuart is one of only three Barrister members of the working party responsible for the Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. He is also the General Editor of the APIL Guide To Catastrophic Injury Claims (being the definitive practitioner guide to running high-value personal injury and clinical negligence actions).


University of Nottingham 1993-96. Called to the Bar 1997. Inner Temple Scholar.

QC 2018

Professional Memberships



General Editor of the APIL Guide to Catastrophic Injury Claims

Member of the editorial working party of the Judicial College Guidelines for the assessment of General Damages


Away from work Stuart enjoys sport, good food and spending time with his young family