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Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office Chambers One of the best QCs in this area of work. Very astute; a class act.
Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersA silk of complete integrity and high intellectual strength. He is always fair and very delightful to work with.
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconQuality from start to finish. Takes on difficult cases and gets fantastic results.
Philip Havers QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconA brilliant and dedicated barrister - he has a laser sharp mind, and is a go to counsel for complex clinical negligence cases.
Alexander Hutton QC - Hailsham ChambersAlex is a brilliant "all rounder" who is technically excellent, a highly skilled and effective advocate who is exceptional at delivering a first class service.
Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA truly outstanding silk at the top of his game.
Sarah Vaughan Jones QC - 2 Temple GardensSarah is in a league of her own. She excels at cutting through complex medical issues concerning liability, and is equally brilliant at quantum issues.
Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRA legend in clinical negligence work.
Angus Moon QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersAngus is outstanding on his feet and in conference. He has authority and knowledge.
Michael Mylonas QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHas a fantastic strategical mind. He will identify how best to present the case to a judge and ensure every evidential detail is addressed.
Dominic Nolan QC - Hailsham ChambersAlways excellent, thorough, practical, easy to deal with, very much part of a team effort- one of our first choice QCs for this work especially for high value/difficult cases.
Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a redoubtable intellect, which he combines with an excellent client manner. He has a fantastic understanding of medical issues in complex cases.
Simon Readhead QC - 1 Chancery LaneSimon's attention to detail is supreme, and he is very engaging and robust in negotiations. 
Simon Taylor QC - CloistersSimon has an excellent understanding of technical medical issues. His insight is invaluable.
John Whitting QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHe provides pragmatic advice, and is charming with both witnesses and clients. A stealthy cross-examiner.
Edward Bishop QC - 1 Chancery LaneHe is very good at simplifying difficult liability and quantum issues in the most complicated cases, and makes arguments understandable and attractive to a judge.
John de Bono QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA brilliant strategic barrister.
Ben Collins QC - Old Square ChambersBen is an unflappable silk. He is calm, considered and excellent with clients. His work is top-drawer.
Edward Faulks QC - 1 Chancery LaneA superb advocate. Unflappable, with great strategic insight.
Robert Glancy QC - DevereuxHe is an exceptional advocate and negotiator.
Adrian Hopkins QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe is the consummate QC: personable with a formidable intellect.
William Latimer-Sayer QC - CloistersWilliam has a phenomenal grasp of quantum issues - he is second to none.
Michael de Navarro QC - 2 Temple GardensHe is a force to be reckoned with. He is charming and easy to engage with, and witnesses and experts always warm to him.
David Pittaway QC - Hailsham ChambersDavid is a thorough and dedicated barrister who provides an excellent service and helpful insights into likely trial outcomes which are informed by his own judicial experience.
James Watson QCSerjeants’ Inn ChambersHe is approachable and practical with sound technical legal knowledge.
Robert Weir QC - DevereuxA meticulously well-prepared silk with a superb brain.
Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHe is extremely insightful, securing the best possible outcome for his clients and leaves no stone unturned.
Benjamin Browne QC - 2 Temple GardensBenjamin has the ability to explain difficult concepts simply but with complete authority.
Charlie Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersCharlie is thoughtful, calm, astute, and always happy to roll up his sleeves and be part of the team.
Katie Gollop QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersKatie is exceptionally bright and incisive.
Patricia Hitchcock QC - CloistersShe combines a towering intellect with a really friendly demeanour.
Michael Horne QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersMichael has meticulous attention to detail, there is nothing he would miss in a set of medical records. A skilled negotiator in the most difficult of clinical negligence cases.
Angus McCullough QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconA calm negotiator.
Andrew Post QC - Hailsham ChambersHe is brilliant at everything.
Hugh Preston QC - 7BRMassive intellect and phenomenal work ethic. Will always come up with a genius point.
Susan Rodway QC - 39 Essex ChambersSusan is fearless. She is a fantastic advocate and will go the extra mile.
Christopher Wilson-Smith QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a hugely experienced litigator with a no-nonsense approach. A formidable opponent.
Eliot Woolf QC - Outer Temple ChambersA consummate advocate who is comfortable at all levels of court.
Simon Fox QC - Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 'Simon is an exceptionally diligent barrister who is efficient, thorough and precise with an eye for detail. He has great client care skills, being sympathetic but also realistic and direct. Experts respect his breadth of experience and knowledge, and lay clients are absolutely impressed with his skills as an advocate and his commitment to their case. '
Grahame Aldous QC - 9 Gough ChambersHe is excellent at seeing the big picture.
Charles Bagot QC - Gatehouse ChambersA leader in the field of secondary victim claims. He is always superbly prepared and does his utmost with every instruction.
Gordon Bebb QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe effortlessly navigates liability and quantum issues with an empathetic and personable approach.
Richard Booth QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconExcellent negotiator, able to win over the opposition. Clients, experts and the judiciary appreciate his approach.
Clodagh Bradley QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconClodagh's attention to detail is phenomenal. If there is a needle in the haystack to be found - she is the person to find it and question its relevance to the claim!
Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHer knowledge is second to none and she is a brilliant counsel to have on your side.
Joel Donovan QC - CloistersA quiet assassin. He is tactically very astute, super bright, and has a steely resolve when required.
Jonathan Hand QC - Outer Temple ChambersJonathan is a fantastic barrister. Clients are delighted that he is their counsel and he provides great leadership for the legal team in every single case. 
Jeremy Hyam QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconIntelligent and strategic approach to complex cases. An excellent advocate.
Jacob Levy QC - 9 Gough ChambersJacob is excellent with experts in conference, carefully and gently digging away until the gold is discovered.
Bradley Martin QC - 2 Temple GardensA silk with a lot of gravitas. He brings a wealth of experience to the table.
Stuart McKechnie QC - 9 Gough ChambersStuart leaves no stone unturned, and the word 'thorough' does not do him justice. His preparation is unbelievable.
Martin Porter QC - 2 Temple GardensA top-notch negotiator.
Shaheen Rahman QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHighly skilled, knowledgeable, always well prepared and able to get to grips with highly complex matters in no time at all.
Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a fantastic silk who handles difficult cases with ease.
Adam Weitzman QC - 7BRHe is absolutely fierce on his feet, but at the same time he strikes a natural bond with clients due to his empathetic nature.
William Audland QC - 12 King's Bench WalkWilliam is an phenomenal advocate who will go the extra mile and really fight for the client. His attention to detail is superb and he has a fantastic brain.
Gerard Boyle QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersThey are a delight to work with, being extremely approachable but also a true expert in clinical negligence law.
Sarah Crowther QC - Outer Temple ChambersSarah's advocacy is persuasive, free-flowing and well structured. She is often able to disarm her opponents quickly and easily. 
Simon Dyer QC - CloistersA silk of very sound judgement, who is excellent with clients and experts.
William Edis QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHe takes a robust but pragmatic approach to cases. He is also a very skilled and persuasive advocate.
David Evans QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconDavid excels in his understanding of the legal issues and is hugely personable and empathetic, which really benefits his clients.
Giles Mooney QC - 9 Gough ChambersAn absolutely incredible problem solver. Never fails to impress in his deliverance in court, at JSMs or on paper.
Debra Powell QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA fearless advocate, with laser-like forensic skills. Superb cross examiner of experts.
Neil Sheldon QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconExcellent drafting, fierce but sensible advocacy and a wonderful manner with clients.
Owain Thomas QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconExceptionally able, and capable of presenting complex legal arguments in a cogent and effective manner, whilst also being very engaging, and a delight to work with.
James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersA strong advocate who always keeps a calm demeanour in court.

2020 Silks

Henry Pitchers QCNo5 Barristers’ ChambersA natural advocate. He is calm and has a way of putting everyone in the room at ease. He leads with quiet confidence.

2021 Silks

Judith Ayling QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the sharpest clinical negligence barristers around - she is diligent, hard working and meticulously prepared. 
Emily Formby QC - 39 Essex ChambersEmily is always measured and has an exceptionally thorough approach. Where Emily is involved, we know our client's case is stronger for it.
Andrew Kennedy QC - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconAndrew gets to grips with complex legal and medical facts and condenses them into clear arguments for the client, the experts and the opponents.
Farrah Mauladad QC - Crown Office Chambers She gets to the crux of a matter with minimal fuss. Excellent on her feet, tenacious and articulate.
David Tyack QC – No5 Barristers’ ChambersDavid has exceptional technical ability, and an astounding knowledge of the law.
Rachel Vickers QC - Outer Temple ChambersVery good clinical knowledge, she exudes a confidence which stems from her being comfortable with both the law and the medicine. 

2022 Silks

Claire Toogood QC - Crown Office Chambers Claire is a strong and forceful negotiator and advocate.
Claire Watson QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersClaire always has a grasp of the detail of the case and a clear focus on the arguments to deploy to achieve the very best outcome.
Charles Woodhouse QC - Old Square ChambersHe is a robust advocate with an excellent knowledge of quantum issues.

Leading Juniors

Laura Begley - 9 Gough ChambersGets to the bottom of difficult issues and is a very impressive and robust negotiator.
Richard Cartwright - DevereuxOne of the strongest senior juniors at the clinical negligence Bar. He is wonderful with clients, and he has a particular skill in providing clear and cogent advice.
Ranald Davidson - Serjeants' Inn ChambersBeing a qualified doctor gives Ranald an edge and level of understanding which is invaluable - he is always on top of the intricacies of a case and handles experts and individuals alike beautifully.
Peter Ellis - Hailsham ChambersPeter is the ultimate professional. He is completely unflappable and always manages to get the right result for his client.
Jane Tracy Forster - Hailsham ChambersJane is very approachable, sympathetic and immediately puts clients at their ease. She is particularly good with vulnerable or nervous clients.
Cara Guthrie - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconShe truly is a leader in her field and instills confidence in everyone around her.
Anna Hughes - 2 Temple GardensShe demonstrates meticulous preparation, as well as excellent advocacy and tactics, in order to achieve the best result for the client.
Matthew Jackson - Hailsham ChambersAn excellent senior junior; he is very bright and affable, but with an inner core of steel which is deployed to great effect in settlement meetings, where he achieves great results.
Laura Johnson - 1 Chancery LaneShe is incisive, pays attention to the details, and is reassuring with the clients.
Charlotte Jones - Crown Office Chambers Charlotte is very impressive. She is calm and measured, and tackles complex matters easily. Her analysis is very thorough.
Heidi Knight - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHeidi is an exceptional advocate - she is a force to be reckoned with in court and at JSM.
Dr Tejina Mangat - Hailsham ChambersA barrister with a brilliant mind, who has extraordinary attention to every detail of the case. One of the best senior juniors in the field.
Richard Partridge - Serjeants' Inn ChambersTenacious approach to each case, ensuring that every possible element is explored carefully with the experts. His extensive medical knowledge is a major benefit in these claims.
Nicholas Peacock - Hailsham ChambersVery thorough in conference in teasing out the issues but with sensitivity to the clinician. Tenacious in settlement meetings and gives pragmatic advice.
Harry Trusted - Outer Temple ChambersOne of the most highly respected senior juniors at the clinical negligence bar.
Richard Baker - 7BRHe is an excellent advocate with a fine mind.
Catherine Ewins - Hailsham ChambersForensic attention to detail, comprehensive preparation, detailed analysis of medicine and law, dedicated, empathetic, incredibly conscientious, excellent with clients, not afraid to be firm and combative where necessary.
Caroline Hallissey - Serjeants' Inn ChambersCaroline has an extremely thorough understanding of the medical evidence combined with an enquiring mind.
Harriet Jerram - Outer Temple ChambersHarriet is extremely bright and provides intelligent, balanced and pragmatic advice.
Christopher Kemp - Outer Temple ChambersChristopher is a real quick thinker under pressure.
Simon King - 7BRSimon is a brilliant negotiator. He will work hard to get clients a result they are happy with.
Scott Matthewson - 42 Bedford RowScott is absolutely fearless, incredibly bright, and an excellent communicator.
Jane Mishcon - Hailsham ChambersJane has a wealth of experience, making her a great trial advocate.
Jeremy Pendlebury - 7BRJeremy has the ability to very quickly grasp the issues in a claim. He knows the medicine inside out.
James Aldridge - Outer Temple ChambersA superb advocate and a formidable opponent. He has a very calm and commanding court style.
Matthew Barnes - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconAn excellent and persuasive trial advocate.
Anna Beale - CloistersExtremely hardworking, methodical and with a keen eye for detail. A junior who is empathetic with seriously injured and vulnerable clients.
James Bell - Temple Garden ChambersJames' quick advice and tactical nous makes him an enviable barrister to have on your side.
Andrew Bershadski - 2 Temple GardensAndrew is highly intelligent and highly organised. An excellent advocate.
Ben Bradley - Outer Temple ChambersThe speed at which he navigates through a case to get to the crux is an invaluable skill.
Sarah Fraser Butlin - CloistersShe is a quietly fierce advocate who gets to the heart of the matter.
Vanessa Cashman - 12 King's Bench WalkVanessa is the perfect blend of astute intellect and empathy.
Henry Charles - 12 King's Bench WalkA real fighter with a good bedside manner with distressed clients.
Emma Corkill - 39 Essex ChambersShe is a skilled advocate who handles difficult conferences well, ensuring clients are at ease and fully understand the case.
Romilly Cummerson - 39 Essex ChambersIn court her advocacy skills shine. She is tenacious and really fights for her clients.
Robert Cumming - 2 Temple GardensRobert is a passionate and tenacious litigator - he loves a challenge and is very innovative.
Robert Dickason - Outer Temple ChambersHe is a really good all-rounder who responds quickly to provide decisive and pragmatic advice.
Tim Found - Farrar's BuildingTim has very good technical knowledge, is always well prepared and willing to go the extra mile. A meticulous, very intelligent junior.
Richard Furniss - 42 Bedford RowHe has strong analytical skills and an incisive and intelligent approach to claims. An unflappable junior.
James Gilberthorpe - Hailsham ChambersJames is very personable, and his down-to-earth approach is welcomed by clients.
Christopher Hough - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has a forensic mind, and is able to cut through a vast amount of information in order to crystallise what the case is about
Robert Hunter - DevereuxHis knowledge and understanding of the law is sublime. Clients feel safe in his hands.
Timothy Meakin - 7BRHe grasps both the broad issues and the fine details of any case - quickly and efficiently.
Sebastian Naughton - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery analytical - he scrutinises the details of a case and ensures all the requisite evidence is in place.
Angus Piper - 1 Chancery LaneHe is hugely knowledgeable, tenacious, and wears his talent lightly.
Erica Power - Crown Office Chambers Erica is absolutely superb. She has a meticulous eye and will pick up on tiny details which can sway a case.
Shahram Sharghy  - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional icon ‘He has a great depth of knowledge and is not afraid to challenge an opinion.
Lionel Stride - Temple Garden ChambersLionel is extremely thorough with a keen eye for detail. He is excellent in conference with both clients and experts, and is a skilled negotiator.
John-Paul Swoboda - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is a calm, quick-thinking advocate who has an impressive ability to identify the critical issues in any dispute. An impressively persuasive junior.
Adam Walker - 7BRBrilliant at handling huge amounts of documentation - he sees the wood for the trees.
Victoria Webb - Old Square ChambersVictoria is academically impressive and very personable. She has excellent attention to detail and is very good with clients.
Simon Wheatley - 7BRSimon has an air of authority that is respected by judges and the opposition alike.
Helen Wolstenholme - 2 Temple GardensHer calm and thorough approach makes her highly regarded with clients, and she has a great mind for quantum issues.
Henry Bankes-Jones - Hailsham ChambersHe has an analytical eye and hones in on the key issues in a case.
Sophie Beesley - Old Square ChambersSophie is exceptionally hard working, extremely persuasive and an accomplished advocate.
Jonathan Bertram - 7BRJonathan is extremely capable, gets to grips with cases easily and produces beautiful pleadings.
Tamar Burton - CloistersShe has a good tactical brain, and her attention to detail is exceptional. She gets to grips with complex cases quickly.
Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersChristian always has great command of the room, handling witnesses and experts with skill.
Simon Cridland - Serjeants' Inn ChambersSimon thinks outside the box and achieves excellent outcomes.
Thomas Crockett - Hailsham ChambersAdept and diligent in terms of considering the wider strategy of cases.
Lisa Dobie - 1 Chancery LaneLisa provides very pragmatic advice and is good in conference with experts and witnesses. 
Jim Duffy - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHe has a keen ability to navigate the fine detail of the case and pick out the silver bullet the other side has missed, whilst presenting arguments in a clear, persuasive manner which wins over judges and clients alike.
Sarah Edwards - 7BRTenacious, excellent client service and superb analyser of medical records and issues.
Eva Ferguson - Hailsham ChambersShe is a mine of clever ideas; a smart, thoughtful and insightful junior.
Perrin Gibbons - 9 Gough ChambersPerrin challenges experts and lay witnesses in such a way as to get to the crux of the issue without damaging egos, which is quite a skill. 
Tom Gibson - Outer Temple ChambersClear in advice. Excellent at trial. Fair and persuasive.
Stephen GoodfellowNo5 Barristers’ ChambersA junior who really fights for the best possible outcome for the client.
Deirdre Goodwin - 7BRShe has a formidable intellect combined with empathy and excellent client care skills.
Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersA junior who is incredibly client-focused and fantastically clever.
Mamta Gupta – No5 Barristers' ChambersMamta is tenacious and straight talking. She is an asset in challenging cases.
Conrad Hallin - Serjeants' Inn ChambersHe has a fine eye for detail and provides clear and practical advice.
Roger Harris - 2 Temple GardensA bright junior who is prepared to argue difficult points.
Matthew Hill - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHighly regarded in the healthcare field by solicitors and clients. He is an utter joy to work with.
Andrew Hockton - Serjeants' Inn Chambers A unique advocacy style which effortlessly combines an eye for detail, an unflinching determination to fight his client’s corner and an approachability which wins over panels, judges and lay people alike.
Linda Jacobs - CloistersLinda is thorough and very approachable. Her calm nature reassures clients.
Clementine Coram James - Hailsham ChambersClementine is thorough and tenacious. You always feel that you are in a safe pair of hands.
David Juckes - Hailsham ChambersDavid is excellent at unravelling the complexity of causation.
Harry Lambert - Crown Office Chambers He is a persuasive and bold advocate. He is well-prepared, and knows how to bring the best points out in each claim.
Suzanne Lambert - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconShe presents her arguments in a clear and authoritative manner.
Nigel Spencer Ley - Farrar's BuildingHis preparation is meticulous, clients and experts like him and he delivers consistently excellent work.
Chesca Lord - CloistersChesca is a good strategic thinker, and always provides clear, detailed advice.
Kate Lumbers - 7BRKate provides excellent advocacy in a supremely calm and considered manner.
James MacDonald - 7BRHe is very analytical and quick to pick up on the strengths and weaknesses of the case, as well as being an excellent negotiator.
Isabel McArdle - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconThorough and diligent in approach and preparation.
Martyn McLeish - CloistersHe is very analytical and forensic in his approach to a case, and very thorough on his feet.
Colin Mendoza - DevereuxColin has a wealth of experience. His authority and gravitas come across clearly in his advice and advocacy.
Jo Moore - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconShe is fearsomely intelligent, always meticulously prepared and able to focus in on the crucial parts of a claim with unerring accuracy.
David Myhill - Crown Office Chambers Very bright and extremely capable barrister, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of medicine.
Aidan O'Brien - Farrar's BuildingAidan always provides very sensible advice. An excellent barrister who understands the client's needs.
Nicholas Pilsbury - Hailsham ChambersGets to the heart of the problem immediately. Identifies very quickly the strengths and weaknesses of the case. Also exceptional at analysing legal issues.
Helen Pooley - 9 Gough ChambersHelen is thoughtful in her submissions and confident and resolute in cross-examination.
Eloise Power - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery clever, astute, with excellent attention to detail and a good practical grasp of the most technical and complex issues.
Ashley Pratt - 39 Essex ChambersHe is straight-talking, gets to the heart of complex issues quickly and provides excellent client care.
Naomi Rees - Old Square ChambersShe is a calm, well-prepared and focused advocate.
Charlotte Reynolds - 12 King's Bench WalkCharlotte always gets to the nub of cases in a fast and efficient manner.
Paul Reynolds - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconPaul is very thorough and meticulous in his assessment of a case, and is pragmatic when considering solutions.
Hugh Rimmer - 9 Gough ChambersHe is willing to take a chance on a borderline or difficult case, and is not afraid to ask experts the difficult questions in order to test the strength of a claim.
James Robottom  - Matrix Chambers ‘He is hugely academic, understanding and rejoicing in the complexities of law, and this enthusiasm is infectious.
Judith Rogerson - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconCalm, intelligent and responsive.
Henry Slack - Gatehouse ChambersAn approachable and quick thinking advocate.
Richard Smith - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHe is an excellent all-rounder: brilliant in conference and in putting clients at ease and explaining complicated legal concepts to clients (and experts) in an accessible way. He is fiercely intelligent and is very good at testing the strength of expert evidence.
Daniel Sokol - 12 King's Bench WalkA good tactician with a razor sharp mind. He has extensive expertise in clinical negligence cases.
Christopher Stephenson - 9 Gough ChambersHe is great at dealing with vulnerable clients and instantly puts them at ease.
Catriona Stirling - CloistersExcellent on her feet, provides sensible and pragmatic advice, and her analysis is considered and thorough.
Katarina Sydow - Outer Temple ChambersA bright, dynamic and enthusiastic junior.
David Thomson - 1 Chancery LaneHe is unafraid of taking on difficult cases and draws on his medical background when engaging with experts.
Holly Tibbitts - 9 Gough ChambersShe is very intelligent and cuts to the chase quickly and accurately.
Simon Trigger - 1 Chancery LaneSimon is a powerful, efficient and hard-hitting advocate.
Michael Walsh - Serjeants' Inn ChambersMichael's knowledge of HRA and mental health law in particular is really extensive and he excels in this area giving detailed advice and delivering meticulous pleadings.
Bella Webb - Old Square ChambersBella is always well prepared, with a forensic approach to cases. Her knowledge of the detail means clients can have complete confidence in her abilities.
James Weston - 7BRHe can get to the nub of very complex legal and medical issues with seeming ease.
Nadia Whittaker - Crown Office Chambers Nadia is the perfect counsel: analytical, pragmatic and conscientious.
Gemma Witherington  - Crown Office ChambersGemma is very thorough in her approach and very empathetic to clients.
Thomas Wood - 42 Bedford RowA skilled negotiator who is very persuasive in court. He will go out of his way to put clients at their ease. His advice is sound and very detailed.
Victoria Woodbridge - Crown Office Chambers A warm and friendly barrister with a commanding presence.

Rising Stars

Katie Ayres - 1 Chancery LaneSuper attention to detail, thorough analysis, sensible and pragmatic, approachable, very good with clients, very efficient with papers.
Bruno Gil - Old Square ChambersBruno is technically excellent. He possesses many qualities that a top clinical negligence barrister requires, not least his ability to assimilate and condense large amounts of medical information.
Aneurin Moloney - Gatehouse ChambersHe is a fearsome advocate, who brings a pragmatic approach to the table when required.
Hannah Noyce - 1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional iconHannah is an outstanding barrister. She is supremely intelligent and manages clients and instructing solicitors with ease and grace.
Anthony Searle - Serjeants' Inn ChambersPunchy, quick, attentive to detail and robust. Instils confidence and gets results.
Olinga Tahzib - Outer Temple ChambersAn impressive junior.

Clinical negligence in London Bar

1 Crown Office Row

1 Crown Office RowComparative Guides promotional icon has an 'excellent reputation' as a 'pre-eminent set for clinical negligence work, both claimant and defendant'. The set is well known for acting in high-profile, multi-party claims and public inquiries. In another matter, the 'dedicated' Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Philip Havers QC, who has 'a great legal mind', appeared on either side of ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a high-profile case concerning the disclosure of confidential medical information. At the senior end, the team was recently bolstered by the elevation of Andrew Kennedy QC to silk in March 2021. The set is home to a group of 'exceptional junior barristers', including the newly ranked Judith Rogerson and Jo Moore.

Testimonials

Set

A top-notch set. The clerks are stellar. Everything runs efficiently and they have responded to the challenges of the pandemic with aplomb. They keep abreast of recent developments and share that knowledge. A joy to work with. My go-to set for clinical negligence.

The chambers has an excellent reputation for their work in the medical negligence field.

1 Crown Office Row is a pre-eminent set for clinical negligence work, both claimant and defendant.

This chambers has an excellent range of barristers available and this would be one of our go-to sets in this area of law.

An extremely well-known and respected set.

Clerking

Experienced and likeable team of clerks. Matthew Phipps and Andrew Tull consistently make themselves very available. John Mclaren and Chloe Turvill are very capable and efficient, but really that filters down through the whole team.

I am always very impressed with this chambers. Their clerking service is one of the best and their service continued to be seamless despite the pandemic and the difficulties that brought with it.

The service from the clerks is excellent. They are always helpful and accommodating.

The clerks, led by Matthew Phipps, are excellent and eminently sensible about capacity, experience and fees.

The clerks’ room is friendly, efficient and slick. Andrew Tull is immensely popular, sensible and has a good sense for how to meet clients’ needs. Chloe Turvill has established herself as an excellent junior clerk.

7BR

With a 'vast range of incredibly talented barristers', 7BR has an excellent reputation as 'one of the leading clinical negligence sets'. Chambers has a 'breadth of experience and learning to draw upon', meaning that its practitioners 'can handle anything which comes their way'. Simeon Maskrey QC is representing the government of Trinidad and Tobago in a claim arising from the alleged mismanagement of a birth. In another matter, Hugh Preston QC is acting for multiple claimants in group litigation concerning alleged negligent advice when obtaining the claimants' consent to vaginal mesh implantation. Richard Baker is sought after for his expertise in high-value brain injury claims. In December 2021 Derek Sweeting QC was appointed to the High Court bench.

Testimonials

Set

7 Bedford Row is one of the leading clinical negligence sets. Strength at silk level is allied with excellent juniors at all levels.

Very strong set. My go-to chambers for clinical negligence work with a breadth of experience and learning to draw upon.

Fantastic chambers which we use on a regular basis. There is a wide variety of expertise and level of call.’

The set has an excellent variety of clinical negligence barristers, who act regularly on high profile cases.

The set has a vast range of incredibly talented barristers, with a variety of experience, who can handle anything which comes their way.

Clerking 

Excellent clerking and service from Paul Eeles and Mark Waterson, who will move heaven and earth to meet your needs.

The clerks at 7 Bedford Row are some of the best in the business – going the extra mile and making an effort to get to know instructing solicitors.

The clerks are approachable, effective and commercially astute. Paul Eeles stands out as a clerk at the top of his game, who is particularly good at matching barristers to a piece of work.

Mark Waterson and Paul Eeles are brilliant. They are always helpful and friendly and make you feel as though nothing is too much trouble.

An outstanding clerking team lead by Paul Eeles.

Hailsham Chambers

With a reputation for being 'one of the best and longest established sets tackling medico-legal work', Hailsham Chambers fields an 'excellent selection of leading and junior counsel' and is noted for its 'great strength in depth'. Alexander Hutton QC appeared in the multi-defendant Court of Appeal case of Hewes v West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, involving a claim of alleged delayed treatment of cauda equina syndrome, and Dominic Nolan QC acted for the defendant in NKX v Barts Health NHS Trust, a birth injury claim involving issues of causation and breach of duty. At the junior end, newly ranked counsel David Juckes is 'great to discuss tactics with and good with clients'; Nicholas Pilsbury is 'extremely bright, diligent, and a committed team player'; and Thomas Crockett 'has a wonderful no-nonsense approach to cutting through a claim'.

Testimonials

Set

Hailsham has a strong reputation for its clinical negligence offering which is well deserved.

A first class set of chambers for clinical negligence with an excellent selection of leading and junior counsel.

Hailsham has a very experienced clinical negligence team, with great strength in depth. Always able to offer alternatives if my first choice of barrister is not available and never let me down.

Clinical negligence is a real strength of the set’s and the fact that their counsel do both defendant and claimant work is, to my mind, invaluable.

Clerking

Clerks are very adept and agile.

The clerks at Hailsham are simply superb. Excellent service, straightforward and endlessly helpful.

Stephen Smith, Michael Kilbey and Stuart Paley are all excellent clerks.

Friendly and attentive clerking team.

I would single out Michael Kilbey and Stuart Paley as two excellent clerks, for whom nothing is ever too much trouble and who go out of their way to assist.

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is 'simply awash with talent', fielding a team of 'great leaders and juniors who are instructed in many of the leading cases'. Following on from the recent success in the landmark Supreme Court case XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, the 'outstandingChristopher Johnston QC led Anthony Searle in Toombes v Mitchell, a high-profile wrongful life claim brought by a disabled woman who was allegedly born following negligent pre-conception advice. The case involved issues of causation, where the claimant alleged that her mother would have deferred conception if she had received appropriate advice. Michael Mylonas QC and Angus Moon QC are sought after for their established expertise in fertility issues and cases brought by killers against health trusts, respectively. Heidi Knight is 'fierce when she needs to be', 'tactically astute' and 'practically minded'. The junior end was reinforced by the arrival of the 'forensic' Christopher Hough from Doughty Street Chambers in May 2020.

Testimonials

Set

Extremely strong set for clinical cases of all types – great leaders and juniors who are instructed in many of the leading cases.

A really skilled chambers, with excellent practitioners able to support at the right level depending on the complexities of the case.

Outstanding in clinical negligence work.

Excellent set in all respects – range of work, quality of individuals, approach, training, service, accessibility.

Clerking 

Lee Johnson doesn’t even need to give his name on the phone, his reputation precedes him.

An approachable and helpful set of clerks.

The clerking team are excellent and go above and beyond. Lee Johnson and Tom O’Connor in particular are very responsive and can usually find a solution to any dilemma we come across.

Lee Johnson is extremely resourceful in urgent and complex cases, moving anything he can to get the right barrister in place for your case, and keeping you updated every step of the way – an absolute professional.

2 Temple Gardens

2 Temple Gardens stands out for its 'wealth of talent in clinical negligence covering all levels of seniority'. At silk level, Sarah Vaughan Jones QC is 'a master of her art'; Michael de Navarro QC's 'experience is unparalleled'; Benjamin Browne QC has 'exceptional client handling skills'; and Bradley Martin QC is 'brilliant; extremely clever and great to work with'. At the junior end, Anna Hughes successfully represented the defendant in a case arising from alleged failure to diagnose and treat actinomycosis. In another matter, Robert Cumming is acting as sole counsel for the defendant in Collyer v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, a case concerning allegedly negligent laryngectomy surgery.

Testimonials

Set

2 Temple Gardens has a wealth of talent in clinical negligence covering all levels of seniority.

Highly recommended for clinical negligence.

This is a particularly strong set with some excellent individual barristers.

2TG is a fantastic set and has some of the best barristers in the field of clinical negligence.

The set has an enviable group of rising stars among the juniors.

Clerking 

Lee Tyler is well regarded around the Temple for his management of a highly effective clerking team.

The clerks at 2TG provide a very high level of service. They are reliable, professional and always willing to help. I have worked on numerous occasions with Lee Tyler and Ollie Gillen-Smith, both of whom are a pleasure to work with. They both take the time to get to know those they work with and build good rapport. They are also flexible and able to offer practical solutions to any problems that arise.

Excellent, responsive clerks.

Ollie Gillen-Smith is extremely effective. He is very responsive and has a great handle on what clients want.

A well run clerks’ room. Lee Tyler is very polished and sensible.

Crown Office Chambers

'Exceptional setCrown Office Chambers  houses a 'strong pool of clinical negligence barristers'. The senior level was recently bolstered by the elevation of the 'tenacious and articulate' Farrah Mauladad QC to silk in March 2021. Mauladad QC and Alexander Antelme QC represented the appellant before the Court of Appeal in Schembri v Marshall, a fatal claim arising from a case where a patient died of a pulmonary embolism. In another matter, Antelme QC, Erica Power and Victoria Woodbridge successfully acted for multiple defendants in the Court of Appeal case of Hewes v West Hertfordshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Others, a claim arising out of alleged delayed treatment of cauda equina syndrome. Chambers is also widely recognised for its expertise in cross-complimentary claims, often arising from pharmaceutical litigation and product liability matters. In August 2021 Gemma Witherington  joined from Gatehouse Chambers.

Testimonials

Set 

An excellent chambers.

A strong, reliable and well established chambers with a large number of barristers available and on hand to assist. One of the “go-to” chambers for clinical negligence.

Crown Office Chambers is a very good set and has a strong pool of clinical negligence barristers.

A great set with great variety.

A well organised and exceptional set.

Clerking 

The clerks’ room is great, Lisa Searle and James Wilkinson in particular are excellent.

The clerks are very proactive and responsive.

Sam Barrett is well organised, efficient and friendly.’

Greg Frewin is a very good clerk, always on hand to deal with any queries.

The clerks here have always been very helpful and prompt in their responses.

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers is 'going from strength to strength'. The set is now regarded as being 'particularly strong at silk level', with Rachel Vickers QC appointed to silk in March 2021. Jonathan Hand QC is acting for the defendant in a case arising from the claimant being infected with Hepatitis C following treatment with contaminated blood products as a child; this is one of the first claims being pursued following the setting up of the Infected Blood Inquiry. Eliot Woolf QC is 'intellectually rigorous' and 'pays superb attention to detail', and Nathan Tavares QC is 'bright and astute', 'polished' and 'very committed to his clients'. At the junior end, among the group of 'brilliant minds' is Harry Trusted, who successfully represented the defendant in Bird v Witzyn and Others, a wrongful birth claim.

Testimonials

Set 

Fantastic set with a range of top quality barristers. It has real expertise in complex clinical negligence matters and has strength in its range of QCs and juniors.

Now particularly strong at silk level, following a number of excellent juniors being made up. Established juniors are now bolstered by excellent barristers of more recent call.

Outer Temple Chambers has an impressive range of well-rounded advocates.

Great set overall – brilliant minds who are warm and welcoming.

Outer Temple Chambers is going from strength to strength with a good offering of clinical negligence practitioners at leading and junior levels.

Clerking 

Paul Barton and Mark Gardner provide an exceptional service – they’re attentive, prompt and as helpful as they can be to accommodate your needs.

The clerks provide a first rate service.

The service provided by the clerking team is excellent. I have been particularly impressed in my dealings with Mark Gardner and Graham Woods.

The clerking service is outstanding.

Graham Woods and Paul Barton are easy to deal with and extremely helpful. I can guarantee if I have an urgent matter they will find me a solution.

1 Chancery Lane

1 Chancery Lane houses 'top quality clinical negligence practitioners with skills to suit a variety of cases'. The set has a strong reputation for acting in medical malpractice claims; for example, Edward Faulks QC successfully appeared for the defendant in the landmark vicarious liability case Barclays Bank v Various Claimants, which was heard before the Supreme Court. Laura Johnson successfully represented the claimants in Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, an appeal case involving secondary victim claims. In another matter, Edward Bishop QC is representing the defendant trust in C v South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, a case concerning the duties of public bodies to protect third parties from the criminal acts of people ostensibly under their control.

Testimonials

Set 

This set has some top quality clinical negligence practitioners with skills to suit a variety of cases.

Excellent clinical negligence counsel, from QCs to juniors.

An excellent set, with good strength in depth, and expertise from both the claimant and the defendant perspective.

There is a broad range of experience amongst counsel which they share by their co-operation with each other.

Clerking 

The clerks are friendly, efficient, approachable and provide a first class service that cannot be bettered.

The clerking team is without rival.

Clark Chessis is a great ambassador for the chambers – efficient, friendly, helpful.

All the clerks are very responsive – nothing is too much trouble. They reply to questions extremely quickly and are solution focused. They know the strengths of all members of the set and show superb skill in matching the correct barrister for each particular matter.

David Barrow and Clark Chessis are excellent at what they do and are knowledgeable about their barristers’ skillsets and experience, which is great. I trust their recommendations.

39 Essex Chambers

'Fantastic set' 39 Essex Chambers' team was recently bolstered at the senior end, following Judith Ayling QC and Emily Formby QC's elevation to silk in March 2021. Neil Block QC (who 'knows exactly what his best points are') and Romilly Cummerson, whose 'advice is succinct, to the point and balanced', continue to defend the NHS against multiple claims brought by patients arising from hip replacement surgery. The 'always thorough and well-prepared' James Todd QC is well versed in handling high-value, catastrophic claims, and recently represented the NHS in a misdiagnosis claim concerning infant hydrocephalus. Charlie Cory-Wright QC is 'confident in his interactions with the judge'; he continues to act in the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Testimonials

Set 

39 Essex Street is one of the premier sets around and has undoubted depth and experience.

Excellent chambers – well known and respected.

39 Essex is a fantastic set.

Excellent set of leading counsel.

This set has real strength in depth and has recruited well to ensure that you are getting the best for any level of seniority that the case demands.

Clerking 

The clerks provide a fantastic service. They are part of the team.

The clerking is very efficient. Hannah Milne, in particular, deals with things confidently and with minimum fuss.

Tom Gibbons and Ben Sundborg exude professionalism whilst maintaining a personable, friendly approach.

The clerks are very friendly and will go out of their way to assist their clients.

Clerking in general is excellent, responsive and helpful. Of particular note is Hannah Milne, who is able and willing to assist as far as possible to ensure that instructions are dealt with and appropriate counsel identified.

9 Gough Chambers

9 Gough Chambers has a solid reputation as 'a real powerhouse'. The set houses 'numerous talented members' who 'combine top-flight expertise with a down to earth and personal touch'. The group's 'depth of clinical negligence knowledge' spans a diverse range of matters, including genetic issues, negligent surgeries, birth injuries and delayed diagnoses. Jacob Levy QC and Andrew Ritchie QC are regularly instructed in claims of the utmost severity, with recent work including multiple brain injury cases. At the junior end, the 'pragmatic and sensible' Hugh Rimmer and Helen Pooley, who is 'vibrant and commanding' with 'excellent judgement', are new entries into the rankings.

Testimonials

Set 

9 Gough Chambers is a specialist set with a depth of clinical negligence knowledge.

As a set 9GC is exceptional in this area.

9 Gough Chambers has become a real powerhouse in clinical negligence work and offers true strength in depth at all levels.

An excellent set with numerous talented members.

Clerking

Michael Goodridge is a great asset to chambers and provides a superb service.

The clerks are first class. They are quick, efficient and approachable. I work closely with Ellie Brand and she is excellent.

The clerks are very slick, very flexible, and a really nice bunch of people.

The clerks room is very good and exceptionally led by Michael Goodridge, who knows the area inside out.

Michael Goodridge runs a tight ship. I rate both Ellie Brand and Phil Austin, who are both pro-active with sorting out cases and their barristers.

Cloisters

'Highly reputable set' Cloisters is best known for its claimant work, and in particular its proficiency in the field of complex neurological birth injuries. These strengths are illustrated by the recent case of AAA v North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a cerebral palsy claim which saw William Latimer-Sayer QC and newly ranked junior Chesca Lord achieve a settlement of £18.5m on behalf of the claimant. In another highlight, Simon Dyer QC and Anna Beale appeared in PMC v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, a claim brought on behalf of a child who suffered a hypoxic brain injury following a delayed delivery. Sarah Fraser Butlin and Tamar Burton continue to work as junior counsel on the ongoing Infected Blood Inquiry.

Testimonials

Set 

An excellent set with many strong and knowledgeable advocates.

Cloisters is an outstanding set for claimant clinical negligence work, with top leading counsel and a very able set of juniors.

A highly reputable set.

Very knowledgeable and able counsel, who all have very good technical and medical knowledge, and an eye for detail.

An excellent set that has real depth and quality for its clinical negligence offering.

Clerking

One of the best clerking teams in the area. The clerks are efficient, responsive and lovely to deal with. Nothing ever feels like too much trouble. Glenn Hudson, William Parkhouse and Frankie Beale deserve a special mention.

The clerks are helpful and prompt.

The clerks are all highly capable and willing, and are seamless members of the team who will put themselves out for clients.

Andrew Hunter is very capable and organised.

Mark Skipp is always a pleasure to deal with and goes out of his way to be helpful.

12 King's Bench Walk

12 King's Bench Walk 'goes from strength to strength in this field'. The set is home to 'many excellent counsel', who handle a range of high-value and complex cases, including spinal cord and brain injuries and delayed diagnoses of cancer and other conditions. In a recent case highlight, the 'razor-sharp' William Audland QC successfully represented the claimant in a £4.5m claim arising from the delayed diagnosis and treatment of a spinal epidural haematoma. The practice is also recognised for its 'excellent juniors rising up through the ranks'. The newly ranked Daniel Sokol successfully acted for the claimant in John Taheny v Secretary for Health and Social Care and Others, which revolved around the non-disclosure of a diagnosis of Klinefelter syndrome to the claimant, who remained unaware of his condition for five decades.

Testimonials

Set

‘A large diverse set with good strength in depth‘.

Chambers has a number of high calibre barristers in the field of clinical negligence‘.

Very efficient set‘.

12KBW has a great range of clinical negligence barristers‘.

Clerking 

Particularly well run by Oliver Parkhouse, who is a credit to the set‘.

This set has a dedicated and friendly clerking team who go the extra mile to provide an excellent service. They are always responsive and excellent in their communication‘.

Lexie Johnson is devastatingly efficient‘.

The clerks’ room is strongly led by Oliver Parkhouse, while clinical negligence clerks George Boggis and Lexie Johnson offer an outstanding blend of knowledge and capabilities‘.

George Boggis does a fantastic job: very proactive and dynamic‘.

Devereux

At Devereux, the team of 'impressive barristers' regularly handles the full range of medical malpractice claims on behalf of claimants and defendants. Robert Glancy QC is well versed in acting for claimants in cases involving catastrophic spinal and brain injuries, while Richard Cartwright is noted for his expertise in wrongful birth claims. In a recent highlight for the set, the 'superb' Robert Weir QC represented the successful claimant before the Court of Appeal in the case of Marshall v Schembri, a fatal claim involving issues of causation. Experienced senior junior Colin Mendoza 'has a tremendous depth and breadth of experience', and Robert Hunter, who is 'excellent on fatal claims', is also 'brilliant with clients and gets to the core of a case very quickly'.

Testimonials

Set

A great set with a number of impressive barristers‘.

Excellent set with a high quality skilled team of clinical negligence barristers‘.

Very consistent in terms of quality of advice from all of the barristers‘.

Great strength and depth of expertise‘.

Clerking

Fantastic clerking room‘.

James Hudson, Chris Downes and Cyrus Biggs are personable, efficient and helpful, running a smooth and highly effective clerks’ room’.

Responsive and accommodating clerks‘.

Vince Plant is brilliant, as are Cyrus Biggs and James Hudson‘.

Old Square Chambers

Well respected set‘ Old Square Chambers is home to a ‘wide range of very experienced barristers‘. Ben Collins QC, who provides ‘strategic and tactical advice‘ and ‘fights hard for the client‘, has solid expertise in handling high value cerebral palsy claims, and recently appeared for the claimant in GX v Portsmouth Hospitals, a claim involving issues concerning the inter-relationship between psychiatric and neurological injuries, as well as for multiple claimants in Stewart and others v Secretary of State for Health, involving ongoing claims arising out of the Infected Blood Inquiry. At the junior end, the newly ranked Sophie Beesley is ‘efficient, practical and easy to work with‘, ‘very talented‘ and has ‘experience beyond her years‘; the 'academically impressive' Victoria Webb  is another notable junior in the set.

Testimonials

Set 

Chambers is excellent, with a wide range of very experienced barristers‘.

Old Square Chambers is a well respected set‘.

The set has an excellent clinical negligence team‘.

A good, solid set‘.

The set has a good eye for recruiting talented juniors.’

Clerking 

William Meade is an excellent clerk – responsive, friendly, and professional‘.

Paul Adams and Joe Kallas do sterling work‘.

Paul Adams and Olivia Moliterno are exceptional clerks‘.

The clerks are really good, very responsive and attentive‘.