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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC), Toby Gee, London, ENGLAND

Toby Gee

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Barrister and accredited mediator (ADR Group, Dispute Board Federation). Specialises in professional negligence, product liability, clinical negligence and personal injury. Cases are often of a scientific or technical nature. Wide common law experience of commercial and insurance claims. Professional negligence: surveyors, accountants, solicitors, insurance brokers, estates managers, engineers; allegations include contamination of reprocessed chemical for drug manufacture, defective wine bottling plant design, engineers causing flood of university tower block (£2.5m claim), water services engineers (collapse of industrial boiler furnace tube – £2.8m claim), explosion in industrial boiler, fires arising from engineering/electronic devices, their operation and maintenance. Product liability: spontaneous shattering of glass (office block windows, vacuum flasks, sparkling wine bottles), electric furnace for production of lead crystal glass, exploding paint canister, fires (sauna, washing machine, car radio, fridge-freezers, vehicles (trucks, vans, cars)), medical devices and products (prosthetic interverterbral disc implant; Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead; semen with chromosomal abnormality used by sperm bank), group litigation. Clinical negligence: including catastrophic birth injuries; late cancer diagnosis; spinal operation causing stroke and neurological complications; novel spine operation allegedly unreasonable; brain and physical damage following perinatal operations; late diagnosis of neonatal meningitis; death of child during thoracic keyhole surgery. Personal injury: all types from fatal accidents and catastrophic injury to minor injury, including paraplegia/tetraplegia, brain and psychiatric injury, industrial injuries and disease (eg vibration white finger, industrial deafness, asbestos, asthma/allergy, dermatitis). Commercial/insurance: return of loans under block CFA funding agreements (£1.5m), contractual dispute after vandalism of railway equipment, sale of goods, supply of services, insurance policy disputes including fraud, non-disclosure and construction of policies. Cases include: Chinery v EWE, 18.4.02, EWCA; Bailey v HSS Alarms 22.3.00, EWCA, ‘The Times’ 20/6/00; A v C NHS Trust, Underhill J, 10/12/08; Hopps v MOD/Mott MacDonald [2009] EWHC 1881 (QB); Sutton v Princess Alexandra Hospital, Lawtel LTLPI 8/9/09, Swain v Geoffrey Osborne Ltd [2010] EWHC 1108 (QB), [2010] EWHC 3118 (QB); Aktas v Adepta [2010] EWCA Civ 1170; TTT v Kingston Hospital NHS Trust 25.11.11 (Owen J, QBD).


Called 1992, Inner Temple. Former contributing editor ‘Emden’s Construction Law’. Delivered seminars and continuing professional development courses to solicitors (clinical negligence (PNLA), contract law, insurance fraud, mediation, Compensation Act 2006 (FOIL), product liability, personal injury, civil procedure, defective premises, chronic fatigue syndrome, questioning experts); accredited mediator (2004, UK, ADR Group; 2005, New Zealand, LEADR; 2009 Dispute Board Federation); (2005-6) member of policy group for Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand, developing and implementing national public policy. Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of New Zealand (2013).




Professional Negligence Bar Association; TECBAR; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Queens’ College, Cambridge (1989 BA Hons mathematics and philosophy; 1991 MA); University of Westminster (1991 CPE (commendation)); Inns of Court School of Law (1992 BVC).


Mountaineering, former chairman of charity Porters’ Progress UK. Music (countertenor, bassoon).

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