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Leading Silks

Paul Bleasdale QC - No5 Barristers ChambersAnalytical and considered in his advice and excellent with medical experts at getting to the crux of the issue and tacking problems head-on.
Chris Bright QC - No5 Barristers ChambersExtremely thorough and knowledgeable about complex medical and legal issues.
Satinder Hunjan QC - Kings ChambersA master of strategy who provides a reassuring presence in complex cases.
Jonathan Jones QC - No5 Barristers ChambersHe combines excellent attention to detail, preparation and knowledge, with an approachable manner.

2020 Silks

Henry Pitchers QC - No5 Barristers ChambersGreat to work with, both for his thoroughness and preparation as well as his very good client care skills.

2021 Silks

John Coughlan QC - No5 Barristers ChambersA formidable advocate with razor-sharp knowledge and excellent client care skills with catastrophically injured clients.
David Tyack QC - No5 Barristers ChambersHis meticulous approach and grasp of complex areas of law and medicine makes him one of the strongest practitioners on circuit.

Leading Juniors

Anna Diamond - Kings ChambersHer in-depth medical knowledge allows her to provide succinct and clear advice on the actual issues in a case.
Andrew Evans - St Philips ChambersHis preparation and impressive style of advocacy help put clients at ease.
Esther Gamble - No5 Barristers ChambersShe analyses information forensically and identifies strengths and weaknesses in a case early on.
Richard Grimshaw - No5 Barristers ChambersPragmatic and exceptionally analytical, with excellent strategic judgement and in-depth knowledge.
Richard Seabrook - Ropewalk ChambersArticulate when engaging with experts and clients, clear and concise in written work, and cool under pressure.
Colin Baran - St Philips ChambersA calm, knowledgeable and reassuring voice for clients, with an understanding of the technical issues in cosmetic cases that often proves invaluable.
Jason Cox - Ropewalk ChambersA strong advocate both in court and at joint settlement meetings, leaving no stone unturned.
Jamie Gamble - No5 Barristers ChambersAn expert drafter who is excellent at getting to grips with the medical issues in a case.
Mamta Gupta - No5 Barristers ChambersA strong advocate who is very thorough and always goes the extra mile.
Rochelle Rong - Ropewalk ChambersHer advice is concise and clear, while her approach to cases is proactive and thorough.
Rachel Young - Ropewalk ChambersA superb advocate who thinks on her feet and is reliable, thorough and organised.

Rising Stars

Nicholas Truelove - Kings ChambersAn excellent advocate who is very thorough, honing in on details that others might miss.

Clinical negligence in Regional Bar

No5 Barristers Chambers

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 QCJonathan 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.

Kings Chambers

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

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

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 knowledgeableAndrew Evans continues to increase his presence in the area. Evans also advises on issues of surgical negligence, informed consent and birth injury.