No5 Barristers Chambers houses one of the largest and strongest collections of clinical negligence barristers in the Midlands, which is praised by clients for its 'very knowledgeable, approachable and client-focused' members. In 2020, the set saw the appointment of Henry Pitchers QC to silk, joining a strong senior contingent including Chris Bright QC, Jonathan Jones QC, and Paul Bleasdale QC, who act on serious matters including birth injury and spinal injury matters. Key members of the junior ranks include David Tyack, Esther Gamble , and John Coughlan, all of whom are highly active in top-end claims.
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Kings Chambers houses several specialist clinical negligence barristers with experience in a wide range of cases such as running from birth injuries through to misdiagnoses, with a particular focus on handling high-value claimant work. Satinder Hunjan QC recently appeared in Sumsard v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on behalf of a vulnerable individual who was rendered blind by negligent tuberculosis, in which £5.6m was secured on a full liability basis. The set also houses up-and-coming junior members who are beginning to make their mark in the clinical negligence space, such as Nicholas Truelove, a former solicitor-advocate whose recent work includes a case of delayed cancer diagnosis resulting in death. Nigel Poole QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court and will start his new appointment on 1 October 2020.
Ropewalk Chambers is a force in clinical negligence work in the East Midlands, primarily acting for claimants against NHS trusts. The set also handles some defendant work for individual practitioners, though members such as Jason Cox and Rachel Young also act for NHS defendants. Senior junior Richard Seabrook is another key name in the team, with a practice that includes surgery and missed diagnoses cases.
St Philips Chambers' clinical negligence team is commended by clients for its 'impressive counsel and very helpful clerking teams'. The set is particularly notable for some members' focus on cosmetic surgery claims, with Colin Baran, described by solicitors as 'approachable, thorough, and responsive', predominantly working on such matters while the 'intelligent and knowledgeable' Andrew Evans continues to increase his presence in the area. Evans also advises on issues of surgical negligence, informed consent and birth injury.