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  1. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks
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7 Harrington Street is well known for handling four key areas: industrial disease, clinical negligence, catastrophic injury and employers’ liability matters.

9 St John Street is β€˜a very solid personal injury set’. Practitioners have experience in industrial disease, road traffic accidents, catastrophic injuries and medical negligence matters. In June 2018 Matthew Haisley was appointed to the district bench.

18 St John Street Chambers has β€˜strength in depth’ across its personal injury and clinical negligence practice, where members handle catastrophic injury cases arising from road traffic and motorcycle accidents and medical negligence matters involving cases of birth injuries, negligent surgery and failure to diagnose claims. Alastair Forrest recently retired from full practice.

Members of the personal injury and clinical negligence group at Atlantic Chambers predominantly represent claimants in road traffic accidents, industrial disease, public liability, medical negligence and employers’ liability cases.

β€˜Excellent set’ Byrom Street Chambers has β€˜a wealth of expertise in the field of clinical negligence’ and is also viewed as β€˜a top set for catastrophic personal injury cases’. The team’s workload includes medical negligence and misdiagnoses, birth injuries, amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries, fatal accidents and locked-in syndrome cases. The set remains active in the ongoing Mau Mau case pertaining to allegations of torture and maltreatment of 20,000 Kenyans by the British government during the 1950s State of Emergency. Geoffrey Tattersall QC retired in July 2018.

Cobden House Chambers has β€˜good depth’ in its personal injury and clinical negligence team, which handles instructions from claimants and defendants in cases of serious/fatal road traffic accidents, catastrophic injuries and negligent surgery, among other areas.

Deans Court Chambers is β€˜a very strong personal injury set’, which also has a β€˜wide experience of clinical negligence claims’. The set reports an uptick in clinical negligence matters, with recent instructions including failure to diagnose/treat brain and spinal cord injuries and malignant diseases. Members also handle serious/fatal road traffic accidents, industrial disease and catastrophic injury claims. In January 2018 Craig Sephton QC was appointed to the bench.

Exchange Chambers attracts praise for its β€˜huge breadth and depth of experience in claimant personal injury work’, particularly cases involving severe brain and spinal injuries, accidents at work, catastrophic injuries, and military and amputee claims, among other areas. On the clinical negligence side, Dr Kevin Naylor is acting for the claimant in a wrongful birth claim following the delivery of disabled twins. In 2018 David Knifton QC took silk and Amanda Yip QC and Catherine Howells were appointed to the bench.

The personal injury and clinical negligence team at Kings Chambers has established expertise in catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases and industrial disease claims (notably in asbestos and mesothelioma matters); chronic pain matters and military injury claims are other areas of instruction. On the clinical negligence side, the set reports an uptick in birth damage cases involving brain injuries.

Ivan Bowley at Lincoln House Chambers has established expertise in industrial disease claims.

Practitioners at Oriel Chambers have solid experience representing claimants and defendants in industrial disease claims, a wide spectrum of clinical negligence cases and accident claims which are suspected to be fraudulent.

St John's Buildings has β€˜strength in depth’ in the personal injury and clinical negligence sphere. The team’s workload includes industrial disease claims, serious brain and spinal injury matters and fatal road traffic accident cases. Recent clinical negligence instructions include medical failure to diagnose/misdiagnosis, negligent surgery and birth injury (including wrongful birth claims) matters.

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