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Kirsty McKinlay

Work 0161 955 9000
9 St John Street (Chambers of Christopher Kennedy QC)


It has been noted by the Legal 500 that Kirsty ‘has excellent communication skills and always uncovers the truth…”.  These traits have served her well in both her advocacy and advisory work for claimants and defendants in personal injury and clinical negligence cases.

In the area of personal injury Kirsty has experience in a broad spectrum of areas but specialising in fatal accident claims, road traffic litigation, employers’ liability claims and travel litigation.

Kirsty also has significant experience of CICA appeals including a specialism in sensitive cases arising out of sexual abuse. 

Kirsty’s broad clinical negligence practice covers a wide range of clinical areas including gynaecology, cardiology, respiratory, oncology, orthopaedics, ENT, obstetrics, ophthalmology, dermatology, negligent surgical intervention, delayed diagnosis, delayed treatment, misdiagnosis, informed consent, negligent prescribing and secondary victim claims in a clinical negligence setting.  Kirsty is adept at dealing sensitively with clients in difficult situations and being able to explain complex issues in simple terms where necessary.

Kirsty’s insurance fraud practice involves a wide spectrum of different types of fraud and she frequently deals with these matters comprehensively from the outset through to trial.

Kirsty also has an extensive costs litigation practice and undertakes work in respect of inter partes costs and on solicitor/own client assessments.  These interests benefit her personal injury and clinical negligence work where a practical and economical approach can be adopted where necessary.

Kirsty is noted for her meticulous written work, detailed preparation and attention to detail. She is also well known for her down to earth, practical and approachable style.


Called 2001, Lincoln’s Inn (Harwicke Entrance Award)


Personal Injury Law Bar Association;


University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (LLB Hons)

Regional Bar: Northern Circuit

Clinical negligence

Within: Leading Juniors

Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John StreetProvides very thorough and sound advice.

Within: Clinical negligence

Kirsty McKinlay is the key barrister for clinical negligence matters at 9 St John Street. She is particularly in demand for claimant work concerning brain injuries or psychiatric treatment. In one case, she acted for the family of an individual whose brain aneurysm was allegedly negligently treated in a Fatal Accidents Act case.

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Personal injury

Within: Leading Juniors

Kirsty McKinlay - 9 St John StreetAstute, practical, and thorough when providing advice.

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