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  1. Clinical negligence – Leading sets
  2. Clinical negligence – Leading silks
  3. Clinical negligence – New silks
  4. Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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The Jackson reforms of 2013 saw the clinical negligence legal market remain relatively unaffected, although changes loom on the horizon. The introduction of fixed fees is rumoured to cover cases up to £250,000; if this goes ahead, it will certainly change how the clinical negligence Bar operates. 2015 saw the Montgomery ruling adding a new argument of patient welfare and changed medical practice, and this is predicted to remain a long-term ramification in future cases. An increased amount of preliminary litigation has been noted, although whether this will continue and result in more cases going to court remains to be seen.

One Crown Office Row is ‘an exceptionally talented set, providing exceptional service and value’. The set is regularly instructed by both defendants and claimants, and draws additional strength from its inquests and professional discipline practices. The set is also experienced in handling group litigation cases.

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a very professional set with a modern outlook’, providing ‘many skilled counsel with a wealth of knowledge on clinical negligence law’. Members undertook several high- profile cerebral palsy cases in 2015, and the clinical negligence practice is complemented by chambers’ inquests and professional discipline expertise.

7BR is ‘an outstanding set’, ‘where there is a number of leading silks and juniors’. The set has a growing defendant practice in addition to its thriving claimant workload.

Hailsham Chambers is recommended for its strength in depth in clinical negligence law. The set regularly handles multimillion-pound claims, and in 2015, members were particularly active in brain damage and spinal surgery cases.

Outer Temple Chambers is ‘without doubt one of the leading sets in the country, with a huge range of talent available’. Members have expertise in paralysis, road traffic accident and wrongful birth cases, among others.

1 Chancery Lane particularly excels in catastrophic birth injury and mental illness cases. The clerking team is ‘extremely responsive and efficient’, providing a ‘very friendly service’.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens has strength in depth at junior and silk level, with clients praising the set for its efficiency. The clerks are ‘always flexible, accommodating and understanding of client requirements’.

At 9 Gough Square, the set has ‘a readily available range of experience and expertise’. The set is often better known for personal injury work but the clinical negligence practice is gaining traction.

39 Essex Chambers is ‘a very strong set’, with ‘impressive silks and juniors at all levels of call’. The set is known for handling high-value cases.

At 42 Bedford Row, members are recommended for challenging cases, such as cauda equine syndrome claims and serious brain injury issues.

Cloisters is ‘a well-run chambers’, where ‘barristers are often flexible and try to be available where possible’. The set is well known for claimant work.

Crown Office Chambers is considered ‘a go-to chambers, where the calibre of clinical negligence barristers is excellent’.

Members of Devereux are ‘renowned for their clinical negligence work’, and have expertise in cerebral palsy, spinal surgery and wrongful birth claims.

Doughty Street Chambers is recommended for claimant work in this field, with strength in all ranks. Members have recently undertaken several cases involving spinal injuries and mental illnesses.

Old Square Chambers provides ‘strength in depth’. The recent caseload includes gynaecological and cerebral palsy cases.

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