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Chambers of Peter Birkett QC

18-20 ST JOHN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 4EA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 278 1800
Fax:
Fax 0161 278 8220
DX:
728854 MANCHESTER 4
Email:
Web:
www.18sjs.com

Christopher Limb

Tel:
Work 0161 278 1800
Email:
18 St John Street Chambers (Chambers of Peter Birkett QC)

Work Department

Clinical negligence, personal injury.

Position

For many years Christopher’s practice has been predominantly in civil work and in recent years he has been almost entirely involved in clinical negligence work. Experience: current caseload covers a wide variety of issues. At any one time Christopher is normally involved with several current cerebral palsy cases. Other current cases range from brachial plexus injuries, orthopaedic surgery cases, infection cases, ophthalmic cases, neurological cases, spinal cases (a very wide range). He is normally involved with several cases leading to judgment or in settlement each year with damages of or exceeding £1m and has been involved in several cases of a significantly higher value. Instructions are received from throughout the country but in particular from the North West, North East and the Midlands. Notable cases: the seminal Court of Appeal decision in Naylor v Preston Health Authority [1987], which significantly altered the entire procedural basis for clinical negligence work and in particular procedures in relation to expert evidence; the Court of Appeal decision in Forbes v Wandsworth Health Authority [1997] – one of the leading cases in relation to limitation in the clinical negligence context; the first instance High Court judgment in Sutcliffe v Countess of Chester NHS Trust [2002], which was the first reported High Court decision relating to disputed brachial plexus injury causation; the Court of Appeal decision in Gouldsmith v Mid Staffordshire General Hospital NHS Trust [2007] concerning issues of causation and a factual reconstruction in cases of omission.

Career

Called 1975.

Member

APIL (treasurer). He was the instigator of the annual Clinical Negligence Conference in 2001 and has subsequently been one of the principal organisers. He is a Judge in the Primary Health List First Tier Tribunal.

Education

University of Liverpool (LLB first class hons).


Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Christopher Limb - 18 St John Street ChambersA highly meticulous advocate.

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