Clinical negligence in Regional Bar
Kirsty McKinlay is the key barrister for clinical negligence matters at 9 St John Street. She is particularly in demand for claimant work concerning brain injuries or psychiatric treatment. In one case, she acted for the family of an individual whose brain aneurysm was allegedly negligently treated in a Fatal Accidents Act case.
Atlantic Chambers reports an increase in clinical negligence work over the past year, as well as a rise in the number of cases concluding via mediation. Claimant-focused practitioner Elizabeth Francis heads the set's medical negligence group, with a practice that spans birth issues, claims against ophthalmologists and opticians, as well as gynaecological claims. In a recent highlight, John Benson QC acted for the family in a case concerning the negligent treatment of numerous asbestos-related conditions .
Byrom Street Chambers is home to a large contingent of senior clinical negligence specialists, with a particular focus on claimant work, though its members also handle some defendant instructions. Birth injury cases are a key area of work for the set, with James Rowley QC acting in several cerebral palsy cases.
Deans Court Chambers' clinical negligence team are most notable for their expertise in defending clinical negligence claims including delayed diagnoses and negligent prescription of drugs, as well as the 'good availability of counsel' dealing with such cases.
Members of Kings Chambers practice across the full spectrum of clinical negligence work, acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Members of the 'strong team' available at the set are often instructed on high-value matters, such as Nicholas Braslavsky QC conducting a complex birth injury case in which the claimant suffered serious hypoxic ischaemic damage.
St John's Buildings' clinical negligence team is predominantly claimant-focused, with practitioners specialising in brain and spine injuries, delayed diagnosis and surgical negligence. Additionally, Henry Vanderpump is particularly notable for his work on complex procedural arguments, such as the attempted withdrawal of liability admissions by defendants, costs issues and the effects of recent court decisions concerning bereavement damages under the Fatal Accidents Act.