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Caroline Harrison QC
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Specialist expertise in biotechnology, gene therapy and medical research issues. Advises on regulatory, commercial and liability issues relating to biotechnology and stem cells. Invited to give oral expert evidence to the House of Lords select committee on stem cells. Extensive experience of clinical negligence claims in cancer, dentistry, general practice, obstetrics, ophthalmology, surgery and other fields. Significant practices in substantial personal injury claims including catastrophic brain damage, spinal and multiple injuries, and in professional negligence claims arising out of medical claims. Significant expertise in overseas jurisdiction claims. Acts for both claimants and insurers. Cases include: Lyons v Chief Constable of Kent Police  EWHC 364 QB (causation in supervening psychiatric disability and successive orthopaedic injuries); Hills v Ulliott [unrep. Brighton County Court, Jan 2012] (general damages for severe multiple injuries; multiplier-multiplicand cf Blamire approach to future loss and full Ogden 6 approach to residual earning capacity); Jackson v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals [settled, Feb 2012] (breach and causation in context of delayed diagnosis and then sub-optimal management of Wegener’s Granulomatosis causing death); Faller v South London Healthcare [unrep., QBD Oct 2011] (approval of Fatal Accidents Act settlement where claim based on 3-hour window of opportunity for heparin to be effective in preventing fatal pulmonary embolus); KRR v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust [QBD approval Sept 11] (cerebral palsy, c£12m); Coupland v Dr Lal [settled, July 2011] (stroke rendering 56-y-o claimant wheelchair-dependent. Short life expectancy & lack of security for PPO gave rise to argument for full capital settlement of accommodation claim and novel arguments under Damages Act to de-apply 2.5% discount rate or for alternative securitisation); Reid v Ministry of Defence & ors [settled Mar 2009] (novel issue of conflicting standards of care between UK-trained GPs and German hospital clinicians in near-fatal lung injury); L v Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust [QBD approval 7/4/11; Lawtel LTLPI 11/4/12] (cerebral palsy, c£10m); Whitehead v S & Hibbert, Pownall & Newton . All ER(D)80, EWCA Civ.285 (solicitor’s negligence case arising from failed wrongful birth claim. Novel points included relevance of events after date of notional trial & duties owed to fathers).
Called 1986; Lincoln’s Inn. Directorships: Gene Therapy Advisory committee since 1999 and vice chair since 2004; Human Genetics Commission, commissioner 2004-2012; Legal Advisory Working Group to Organ Donation Taskforce. Publications of note: dissertation on genetic information and confidentiality (as part of MA in Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London); article on law and regulation of human gene therapy ‘Encyclopaedia of Human Genetics’ (Macmillan 2003); editor of interactive training package on consent for healthcare workers; co-author of chapter on medical ethics and genetics in fourth edition ‘Powers and Harris on Clinical Negligence’.
PNBA; PIBA; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; American Bar Association; former chair of a busy hospital research ethics committee; Human Genetics Commission.
Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford (1984 MA Hons Philosophy and Theology); City University, London (1985 Postgrad Dip Law); Council of Legal Education Bar finals (1986); King’s College, London (1999 MA Medical Law and Ethics merit).
Fly-fishing, water and snow skiing, food and wine, music and opera, art.