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  1. Clinical negligence and healthcare - Leading Sets
  2. Clinical negligence and healthcare - Leading Silks
  3. Clinical negligence and healthcare - New Silks
  4. Clinical negligence and healthcare - Leading Juniors

Clinical negligence and healthcare - Leading Silks

Clinical negligence and healthcare - Leading Juniors

At the top of the tree for clinical negligence’, One Crown Office Row has ‘strength in depth that other chambers can only dream of’. James Badenoch QC is ‘highly experienced, personable and very astute’, and ‘top-rate counselElizabeth-Anne Gumbel QCprovides exceptional service and advice’. Philip Havers QC has ‘a phenomenal ability to grasp extremely complex issues quickly’, and Paul Rees QC is ‘definitely the right silk for test cases’. New silk Richard Booth QC is ‘a pleasure to work with’. John Gimlette is highlighted for his ‘extremely calm but authoritative style of advocacy’, and Owain Thomas has ‘excellent cross-examination skills’. Andrew Kennedy, Henry Witcomb and Sarah Lambert are also highly regarded.

For some, 7 Bedford Row’s Simeon Maskrey QC is ‘in a league of his own’ and ‘by far the best silk on his feet’. Derek Sweeting QCinspires confidence’, and Simon King has ‘a clear focus on the client’s best interests’. Richard Baker is ‘always well prepared, and picks up points that win cases’. Also recommended are Peter Ellis, who has ‘invaluable medical knowledge’; Jeremy Pendlebury, who is ‘without doubt an excellent barrister’; and Simon Wheatley, who has ‘no weakness in his armoury’. Julian Matthews is ‘more than equal to the best QCs’. The set’s clerks are also praised as ‘ready to go out of their way to assist’.

At ‘quality setHailsham Chambers, Martin Spencer QC is ‘a first-class silk; perhaps the best there is’. David Pittaway QC is ‘a superb advocate who is very good with witnesses’. Among the juniors, Jane Tracy Forster is ‘immensely adept at getting to grips with complex cases’; Tejina Mangat is ‘extremely diligent and hardworking’; and Fiona Neale is ‘a tenacious opponent’. Matthew Jacksonimpresses in all that he does’, Nicholas Peacock is ‘good at managing client expectations’, and Lucy MacKinnon is ‘very dedicated to achieving the best possible results for her clients’.

Outer Temple Chambers has ‘a wide range of high-quality counsel to choose from at all levels’, including David Westcott QC, who demonstrates ‘a masterly grasp of issues in cases of utmost severity’; and Christopher Gibson QC, who has a ‘charming courtroom manner’. Christopher Wilson-Smith QC is ‘always willing to put himself out’, and Harry Trustedcombines passion with assured judgement’. Eliot Woolf is ‘determined to get the best for his clients’. Also recommended are the ‘extremely bright and tenaciousCara Guthrie, ‘strong negotiatorChristopher Kemp, and Alison McCormick .

Despite a string of departures in early 2012, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers attracts praise for its members’ experience and commitment to clinical negligence. Standout silks include Robert Francis QC, who is ‘everything one would want in a barrister’; Adrian Hopkins QC, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and personable, and a top-rate litigator’; and James Watson QC, who is ‘a go-to silk for the most difficult cases’. Among the juniors, Katie Gollopalways goes out of her way to get the fairest result for her clients’; Michael Horne is ‘excellent on detail and tactically very astute’; and Richard Partridge ‘will often think of ways of presenting evidence that the experts have not considered’. Also recommended are Andrew Hockton, the ‘very bright Jonathan Holl-Allen, and John de Bono (‘when he takes on a case it becomes a partnership’).

1 Chancery Lane’s Lord Faulks QC has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law’; ‘when he speaks, people listen’. Simon Readhead QC is ‘a master tactician and very impressive negotiator’. Following his appointment in 2011, Edward Bishop QC has continued to go ‘from strength to strength’. Recommended juniors include Sophie Mortimer, who is ‘a pragmatic lawyer with a very approachable style’; Angus Piper, for his ‘good command of the courtroom’; and David Thomson, for his ‘ability to understand the most complicated of medical issues’. Clients also rate highly the set’s clerking team.

At Cloisters, Simon Taylor QC is ‘invaluable in negotiating quantum’, Patricia Hitchcock QC has ‘a razor-sharp mind’, and Joel Donovan QC has ‘excellent analytical skills’. At junior level, William Latimer-Sayer is well known for his ‘supreme abilities on quantum’, and Andrew Buchan is recognised for his team work and attention to detail. Lisa Sullivan is also recommended.

Standout silks at Crown Office Chambers include Margaret Bickford-Smith QC, Christopher Purchas QC and Michael Spencer QC . At junior level, Charlotte Jones is noted for her ‘amazing ability to analyse and break down cases of great complexity’. Dennis Matthews has ‘incredible attention to detail’, and Alexander Antelmeputs 100% into getting the best outcome’. Paul Dean provides an ‘excellent overview of the bigger picture’, and Claire Toogood is ‘a very sharp advocate’.

At 2 Temple Gardens, Michael de Navarro QC is ‘an undoubted heavy-hitter in this area’; Benjamin Browne QC is ‘a terrific advocate’ who is regarded ‘very highly’; and Sarah Vaughan Jones QC has ‘incredible understanding of complex medical issues’. Bradley Martin is ‘a confident performer’ with ‘good tactical skills’. Also recommended are the ‘very articulate and intelligentRoger Harris, Martin Porter QC, and the ‘excellentCaroline Harrison QC .

Devereux’s Robert Glancy QC has ‘a wealth of knowledge and a certain charm, which puts his clients at ease and his opponents on edge’. Robert Weir QC is ‘at the top of the tree when it comes to his advocacy skills’, and Richard Cartwrightworks relentlessly to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients’.

At Doughty Street Chambers, Robin Oppenheim QC has ‘immensely deep and wide-ranging knowledge of both legal and medical issues’. Christopher Houghclearly cares about his clients and their cases’, and Gerwyn Samuelthinks outside the box’. Paula Sparks is also recommended, for her ‘considerable experience’.

Thirty Nine Essex Street’s Neil Block QC is singled out for his ‘ability to negotiate the most difficult cases’. Also recommended are Susan Rodway QC, who is ‘a tenacious and formidable litigator, who places excellent focus upon the interests of her clients’; Augustus Ullstein QC (‘a safe pair of hands for complex work’); Colin McCaul QC, for his ‘very good technical skills and attention to detail’; and Emily Formby, who demonstrates ‘a clear ability to crystallise the key issues very early on in a case’.

At 9 Gough Square, Andrew Ritchie QC has ‘a first-rate analytical mind’ and ‘always performs well in court’. The ‘hugely experiencedGrahame Aldous QC’s cross-examination skills are ‘quite awesome’, and Jacob Levy is ‘very hands-on and approachable’. The ‘down-to-earthChristopher Stephenson and ‘insightfulLaura Begley are also recommended.

Recommended silks at Old Square Chambers include Mary O’Rourke QC, who has ‘the most fantastic knowledge of the law, and gives her all to every case’; and David Wilby QC, who is noted for his ‘meticulous preparation and excellent advocacy skills’. Alan Smith and the ‘very approachableCharles Woodhouse also attract praise.

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