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No5 Barristers Chambers

Chambers of Mark Anderson QC

Work 0845 210 5555
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Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, London

Chris Bright QC

Work 0845 210 5555
No5 Barristers Chambers (Chambers of Mark Anderson QC)

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Clinical negligence.


Recognised as a leading Personal Injury and (as Head of the Clinical Negligence Group at No5), Clinical Negligence Silk with a nationwide practice conducting the top rank of claims e.g. £10m+ (pre-Discount Rate review), for both claimants and defendants. Regularly lectures to solicitors and insurers, consultants, AvMA, Headway and the SIA on litigating cerebral palsy, TBI, spinal injury and amputation claims, CCG/local authority funded care and PPOs. Recent cases include: Re AP: £4.327m and PPO £285,000 pa (cerebral palsy claim involving severe physical, mental and behavioural deficits. Claimant aged 24 with a life expectancy to age 74 such that a lump sum equivalent would exceed £12m); Re MD: £3.625m and PPO of £250,000 pa (TBI claim for Libyan national involved in UK RTA. Complex immigration issues post the Libyan revolution and ‘Arab Spring’. Alternative PPO structures if Claimant returned to various North African countries in the future. Lump sum equivalent would again exceed £12m). Re LP: £1.75m/staged PPO of between £73,000 and £182,750 pa (dyskinetic cerebral palsy in an 11-year-old Claimant. Issues of unusual deterioration in mobility with age). Re SR: £2.38m/staged PPO of between £50,000 and £90,000 for 7 years/£165,000 pa for life (historical cerebral palsy claim for a 31-year-old Claimant where disputes led to a discounted settlement of 75% with no Peters undertaking); Re: LP. Approved lump sum of £12m (Acting for the Defendant in an RTA involving a catastrophic TBI to a teenager with a near-normal life expectancy, including issues of gender dysphoria, mandating 24-hour care for his/others' safety. Favourable (immediately pre-Discount Rate review) lump sum settlement of £12m agreed). Re: PA. Lump sum settlement of £3.25m (Acting for the Defendant in a RTA claim re a motorcyclist with CRPS to his dominant right arm with a severe psychiatric condition. Very exceptionally, the Court of Protection concluded that the Claimant had capacity to undergo an amputation). Re JT: £2.5m/no Peters’ undertaking thereby preserving PCT funding of £68,000 pa (TBI due to falling tree branch; liability keenly disputed. Approved settlement based upon litigation risk, security of PCT/local authority funding and clinical, residential and care needs); Re DP: (for the Defendant) TBI claim involving a £2.5m lump sum and £225,000 PPO netted down to 65% (complex issues of PCT funding/Peters’ undertaking or reverse indemnity. Firm line resulted in the Claimant’s Silk/legal team conceding the need for a passive reverse indemnity); Re VF: Lump sum £1m (alleged mismanagement of spinal instability following fall from a horse. Limited admissions of breach of duty and highly contentious factual and clinical issues on causation).


Called to the Bar 1985; Recorder 2002; QC 2009; Bencher Gray’s Inn 2014.




University of Durham (BA Hons Law and Politics).


Tuscany and Gloucester RFC.

Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

Chris Bright QC - No5 Barristers ChambersHe combines a logical approach with excellent client care skills.

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence

No5 Barristers Chambers is ‘a very strong set’, housing two separate groups for clinical negligence and personal injury matters with over 70 barristers across the teams. Paul Bleasdale QC leads the personal injury group and is well known for his expertise in industrial disease litigation, as well as handling multi-million-pound catastrophic injury claims. The leader of the clinical negligence practice, Chris Bright QC, handles cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injuries, and birth injury cases.

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