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Paul Dean

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Specialist in personal injury and clinical negligence work. Acts largely, though not exclusively, for claimants. In personal injury, deals with claims arising from in RTAs, employers’ liability claims and accidents including mass and aviation disasters. Particularly experienced in catastrophic injury, spinal injury, amputee and high value head injury claims, dealing with both liability and quantum. Regularly conducts claims arising out of fatal accidents and death. In clinical negligence deals regularly with cerebral palsy, obstetric, gynaecological, oncological, anaesthetic and anaesthetic awareness, orthopaedic and neurosurgical claims. Cases include: Crispin v. Webster (2012) high-value tetraplegic claim. Disputed interim payment application for necessary housing. Payment refused. Money to purchase home borrowed on open market and interest charges added to claim. Ward v. Pascall (2012) Traumatic amputation of leg above knee caused by ricocheting fractured helicopter blade. Knowles v. Cullen [2012] LTL 15/10/2012 (Swift J). Division of responsibility for one seriously injured claimant between three colliding motorists. SG v. Hewitt [2012] EWCA Civ 1053 (Court of Appeal); [2012] 5 Costs L.R. 937. Head injury to child passenger in rear seat of car hit by bale of straw shed by passing trailer. Early substantial pre-action Pt.36 offer while case still being investigated. Impossible to accept because of uncertainty of prognosis through adolescence. Delayed acceptance. Costs consequences. Important Court of Appeal guidance. Parry v. Dr. Hughes (2011) Onset of severe permanent pain following routine intra-articular injection causing damage to the femoral nerve. Crowder v. Dr. Verdon & Royal Surrey Hospital NHS Trust (2010) Brain damage sustained by gap year student while travelling in New Zealand. Prior history of childhood hydrocephalus which had been causing symptoms before he set off on a round the world trip. Received reassurance from GP and hospital that symptoms of no significance. Suffered relapse after sky diving and resultant respiratory arrest. Poppy Wicks v. North East Strategic Health Authority (2010) High value claim arising out of negligent treatment shortly after birth resulting in kidney failure with resultant transplants and revisions throughout life. Mark Wicks v. North East Strategic Health Authority (2010) Claim by father of daughter to whom he donated one of his kidneys (above) for the loss of a kidney and associated pain and suffering. Huntley (Hopkins) v. Simmonds, [2009] EWHC 406 Underhill J, LTL 6.3.09. High value head injury claim. Bailey v. Ministry of Defence [2008] EWCA Civ 883, [2009] 1 WLR 1052 (CA) One of the leading recent decisions of the Court of Appeal on causation in a clinical negligence context. Adshead v. Tottle QBD Gray J LTL 21.1.08 Fatal Accidents Act claim against GP for negligent failure to refer young woman to breast clinic. Wolfe v. Pavi del Innocenti [2006] EWHC 2694 (QB) Assessment of the dependency of a wife in a Fatal Accidents Act claim who takes over and runs the deceased’s business. Slater v. Bucks CC and Stigwoods Coaches [2004] EWCA Civ 1478 Court of Appeal, [2004] Lloyds Rep. IR 432 QBD. Downs syndrome adult knocked down while crossing road to board bus waiting to take him to local authority day centre. Whether covered by policy of road traffic insurance. Duties of local authority and bus company. Hone v. Going Places [2001] EWCA Civ 947. Court of Appeal. Claim under package tour operator regulations. Johnson v. British Midland Airways & Others. [1996] PIQR Q8. Fatal accident award arising out of Kegworth/M1 air crash.


Called 1982, Inner Temple.




Mill Hill School; University College, Oxford (1980 BA Classics First Class); City University (1981 Diploma in Law).


Music, reading, wine, cricket.

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Clinical negligence

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Paul Dean - Crown Office ChambersGreat skill in taking complex matters with detailed and timely responses.

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