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An experienced advocate in the fields of clinical negligence and personal injury. Also frequently instructed in litigation relating to animals and insurance disputes. Substantial experience of claims related to obstetrics and gynaecology (eg cord prolapse, chronic partial hypoxia; acute profound hypoxia Erb’s palsy); neonatology (eg treatment of hypoglycaemia, circulatory collapse); gastroenterology (eg failure to diagnose ulcerative colitis; incorrect diagnosis of invasive carcinoma); paediatrics; orthopaedics (eg ineffective arthoplasty); cardiology; mental health (including the management of patients with suicide ideation); MRSA; and general practice. Recent illustrative cases: F v Norfolk & University Hospitals Foundation Trust (2012) (QBD) [Failure to advise of risks relating to angiography]; E v Waltham Forest PCT (2012) (QBD) [14 month old child suffered cerebral palsy after respiratory arrest whilst in care of agency nurse]; W v London Strategic Health Authority (2011) (QBD) [Cerebral palsy arising out of perinatal care – £15m claimed; Barros v Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust  EWHC 2187 Whether a doctor’s duty to warn of risks is subject to the Bolam principle. All aspects of personal injury litigation, including claims arising from stress at work; bullying, harassment and assaults; industrial disease (WRULD, deafness, asthma, cancers); manual handling and other workplace accidents, including fatal accidents and sporting accidents; Animals Act cases; catastrophic injuries; accidents abroad; and HSE prosecutions. Notable cases include: SG v Hewitt  All ER (D) 16 CA decision concerning the late acceptance of Part 36 offer by a minor with frontal lobe brain injury; Phethean-Hubble v Coles  All ER (D) 264 CA decision on the contributory negligence of a 16-year-old cyclist; Johnson v Castle Combe  EWHC 901. Contributory negligence in catastrophic injury employer’s liability case. Frequently instructed in claims relating to damage inflicted by or to animals under the Animals Act; insurance policy issues arising out of such claims; product liability issues relating to feeds; and farming matters generally. Recent illustrative cases: Connolly v Cornthwaite (2012). Brain injury arising out of accident at a riding school; M v Merthyr Tydfill County Borough Council (2011). Malicious prosecution claim by farmer against council’s trading standards department; Armstrong v Corner House Equine Clinic (2010). Professional negligence of a veterinary surgeon.
Called 1996; Inner Temple.
Personal Injury Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Western Circuit.
Eton College; Exeter University (1994 BA); City University (1995 Dip Law); Inns of Court School of Law (1996 BVC).