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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC), Nadia Whittaker, London, ENGLAND

Nadia Whittaker

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Areas of practice include all aspects of personal injury litigation with a particular emphasis on occupational diseases and clinical negligence litigation. Occupational diseases: engages in all forms of industrial and occupational disease litigation, in particular claims involving noise-induced hearing loss, upper limb disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand arm vibration syndrome, asbestos related conditions, radiation exposure, carbon monoxide exposure, COSHH claims, dermatitis, food poisoning and stress/harassment resulting in psychiatric harm. Clinical negligence: is regularly instructed in claims involving informed consent, breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998, the suicide of mental health patients and all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and care with a particular emphasis on obstetrics and gynaecology, neurology and surgical interventions. She acts for National Health Service Trusts as well as claimants and frequently attends court and joint settlement meetings in this context. Recent examples of work include obstetric claims, allegations involving ectopic pregnancies, informed consent in ophthalmology, the late diagnosis of oncologic conditions, failure to diagnose pulmonary fibrosis, allegations involving negligent surgery (capsular tendon transfer, podiatric surgery, failure to fashion a defunctioning colostomy, ileostomy, jejunostomy, roux-en-y gastric bypass, circumcision in a context of Peyronie’s disease) and allegations involving sub-standard nursing and ambulance services. She is also regularly instructed to advise on issues arising in general personal injury litigation including diagnosis, causation, aetiology and apportionment and has experience of complex high value Fatal Accidents Act claims. She has an extensive common law practice, which incorporates road traffic accident claims (including allegations of fraud), aviation claims, claims involving the liability of occupiers and highway authorities, holiday claims, employers’ liability claims and contractual disputes (including indemnity and contribution issues). Nadia also has experience of multi-party litigation at appellate level, having been instructed in the following actions: (i) 2012: as third junior counsel representing 1011 claimants (the Atomic Veterans) in the Supreme Court seeking damages for exposure to radiation during the atomic bomb tests in the 1950s in which the Court considered the correct approach to ‘knowledge’ for the purpose of section 14 of the Limitation Act 1980 and the exercise of discretion under section 33: AB and others v Ministry of Defence [2010] EWCA Civ 1317 and [2012] UKSC 9; (ii) 2011: as third junior counsel representing Courtaulds Plc in the Supreme Court (noise induced hearing loss test case litigation) Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Ltd [2011] UKSC 17.


Called 2007; Inner Temple. 2007/8: Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Mummery and Lord Justice Waller.


Russian, French.




Westminster University 2002 BSc in Psychology (First Class Honours); King’s College London 2004 MA in Medical Law and Ethics (Merit); College of Law 2006 GDL (Distinction); LLB (First Class Honours); 2007 BVC (Outstanding).

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