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UK Bar London (Bar) Clinical Negligence

Barristers ranked in this section are instructed to handle allegations of negligent acts committed by professionals working in the healthcare or pharmaceutical sectors. These cases usually arise from accusations that the defendants did not follow accepted industry practices, leading to injury or death to the patient or claimant. The section covers both those who represent the defendants or their employers and those who bring claims on behalf of individuals seeking compensation for their injuries.

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Band 1
  1. 1 Crown Office Row
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    1 Crown Office Row
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    1 Crown Office Row draws consistent praise from market commentators, who note that it has "a wealth of expertise on offer from junior to senior barristers." Members are regularly instructed in the most complex and high-profile cases in the market, and are experienced in the handling of claims relating to injuries of the utmost severity. The team acts for both claimants and defendants, and the set's enviable client list includes several medical defence organisations, hospitals, insurers and individual doctors. Recent matters handled by the set include acting for the defence in the high profile case of The estate of Jessye Norman v Adnan Al-Kaisy and Others. The set's barrister have also recently handled a number of obstetric negligence claims. Members also have considerable experience of appearing at inquests and public inquiries. Instructing solicitors report that "1 Crown Office Row have some of the best barristers in the clinical negligence world," adding: "They have exceptional counsel at all levels of call, each dedicated to providing exceptional insight, empathetic but straightforward delivery and high levels of service."
  2. Serjeants' Inn Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. 7BR
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    7BR
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    7BR is a highly regarded set in the clinical negligence market, noted for its expertise spanning the full range of claims. Areas of expertise for the team include obstetric, psychiatric and catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, and members are experienced in the representation of both claimants and defendants, including several private hospitals and individual practitioners. The set also houses considerable strength in the handling of fatal claims, and its barristers are regularly called upon to appear at inquests. Instructing solicitors describe 7BR as "a very reliable, hard-working and trusted set " which houses "true specialists in clinical negligence." Recently, barristers have been instructed to act for the claimants in relation to a claim where the claimant contracted sepsis, resulting in the amputation of his arms and legs.
  2. Hailsham Chambers
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    Hailsham Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Hailsham Chambers is described by instructing solicitors as "a very able and responsive set" offering "a huge range of expertise and experience." The team is highly regarded for its expert representation of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of clinical negligence cases, and offers considerable strength in brain and spinal injury, obstetric and fatal claims. Members are also recognised for their adroit handling of claims involving allegations of surgical negligence and failures in diagnoses. Difficult quantum disputes and cases involving complex issues surrounding liability and causation are also key areas of strength for the team. Members continue to act for the claimant in Nandi v Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust in connection with a serious brain injury sustained on a post-natal ward. The set also acted for the defendant in Cochran v Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a claim arising from an above-knee amputation.
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Band 3
  1. 2 Temple Gardens
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    2 Temple Gardens
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    2 Temple Gardens houses a strong bench of seasoned experts who are highly regarded for their handling of a wide range of clinical negligence claims. Interviewees note that they are an "excellent team with a good choice of top-quality barristers." Areas of expertise for the team include claims arising from birth injuries, delayed diagnoses and surgical negligence, and members are regularly called upon to act in high-value quantum disputes and difficult liability trials. The set's barristers have extensive experience of representing both claimants and defendants, including medical defence organisations, private healthcare providers and NHS bodies. The set is frequently involved in the most high-profile cases in the market, and is regarded as a go-to for complex group actions involving faulty medical devices. The set was recently involved in the high-profile case of Aeden Balwah v Surgi-Med Clinic and Dr Marwan Abdulla concerning alleged medical negligence at the time of a birth. Members also acted on a liability and quantum trial in a case of bilateral severe hip dysplasia in Colley v Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust.
  2. Crown Office Chambers
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    Crown Office Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    The barristers at Crown Office Chambers are adept at handling clinical negligence matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants, and are regularly instructed by NHS Resolution and MDU, as well as several private health authorities. Interviewees report: "Counsel at Crown Office have a good understanding of the issues and an eye for detail." Another adds: "They are adept at advising on high-value and complex claims in a practical and client-friendly way." Members have considerable expertise in complex catastrophic injury, birth injury and fatal accident claims, and are experienced in the handling of cases arising from alleged surgical negligence. Recently, the set acted for NHS Resolution in defending a substantial claim for damages for an above-knee amputation following knee replacement surgery. The team is also regularly instructed in cases involving medical devices, drawing on the set's ancillary expertise in product liability law.
  3. Deka Chambers
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    Deka Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    Deka Chambers is an "exceptional set" housing a strong bench of clinical negligence barristers at both senior and junior level. Members are routinely called upon to act for both claimants and defendants, and are experienced in the handling of complex cases arising from delayed diagnoses and failed cosmetic surgery. Additional areas of strength for the team include catastrophic brain and spinal injury, birth injury and wrongful birth claims, and the set is also noted for its expertise in dental negligence matters. Instructing solicitors note: "They have a number of barristers with significant experience." Members recently acted for the claimant child in a case arising from birth injuries leading to severe brain injury, hypothalamic damage, intractable epilepsy and double-handed 24/7 care.
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    Outer Temple Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Outer Temple Chambers is praised by instructing solicitors for housing "a wide range of expertise and considerable intellectual heft." It boasts 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.
  5. Cloisters Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. 4
    39 Essex Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 18 Years Ranked
    39 Essex Chambers is a "fantastic set of barristers." Its members are regularly called on to represent both injured claimants and defendants, such as NHS Resolution, healthcare insurers and several medical defence organisations, in the full range of clinical negligence claims. Members are experienced in the handling of complex cases involving allegations of negligent treatment and delayed and missed diagnoses, and are noted for their expertise in both individual and group actions. The set is also regarded as a go-to for difficult and high-value quantum disputes and product liability claims relating to faulty medical products. The set continues to act for the NHS in the high-profile Metal-on-Metal Hip Litigation.
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Band 5
  1. Devereux
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    Devereux
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 5 | 14 Years Ranked
    Devereux's members are well regarded for their expertise in complex clinical negligence matters. Members act for both claimants and defendants, including several NHS trusts as well as individual doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals, and areas of expertise for the team include wrongful birth, brain injury, cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy claims. The set's barristers are also regularly instructed in high-value quantum disputes, and offer considerable strength in the handling of cases involving questions surrounding breach of duty, liability and causation. Recently, members were instructed on Paul and Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, a key Court of Appeal hearing determining whether family members who witness the death of a patient long after careless treatment are entitled to claim as 'secondary victims'.
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    Doughty Street Chambers
    Clinical Negligence
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 5 | 19 Years Ranked
    Doughty Street Chambers is noted for its expert handling of a wide range of clinical negligence claims. Members are regularly instructed in complex cases arising from hospital-acquired infections and birth injuries, including cerebral palsy claims. Additional areas of strength for the team include claims involving allegations of surgical errors and misdiagnosis. The set's barristers also have experience of handling fatal claims, and are frequently called upon to appear at inquests and major inquiries.