With 'exceptional attention to detail' Kirsty McKinlay is head of the clinical negligence team at 9 St John Street. With a varied practice, McKinlay works on a number of different areas of clinical negligence, and the value of claims of which she has involvement range from lower-value multi-track with evidential complexities to significant high-value brain and spinal injury cases. Notable cases include a claim arising out of mis-prescription of Fentayl in July 2015 resulting in hypoxic brain injury.
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Oriel Chambers' Yaqub Rahman is considered 'friendly, approachable, and good on the papers and in person' by instructing solicitors. His clinical negligence experience includes high-value cases involving birth injuries and claims for failed or delayed diagnoses of cancer, as well as claims for psychiatric injury, both for claimants and defendants.
Byrom Street Chambers is a specialist set of chambers home to a large number of senior clinical negligence specialists, with a particular focus on claimant work. The set has an embarrassment of riches at the silk end, with the likes of Christopher Melton QC, David Heaton QC, Andrew Lewis QC, Sally Hatfield QC, Simon Kilvington QC, and Rhiannon Jones QC all highly regarded by instructing solicitors and clients alike. Also at the silk end, head of chambers Winston Hunter QC was recently involved in a case involving very complex, high-value claims brought by a claimant with learning disability who suffered grave injuries in the course of giving birth to a child with severe learning and physical disabilities. The claim's value was in excess of £7.5m. James Rowley QC is 'an expert on birth injury and clinical negligence cases of the highest value'. At the junior end, Mary Ruck specialises in clinical negligence, serious personal injury, and fatal injury cases and is described by one client as having an 'amazing attention detail and forensic approach to complex cases'. Recommended for his 'tactical approach' to cases is Darrel Crilley, as is the 'knowledgeable and practical' Jason Wells.
The clinical negligence team at Kings Chambers receives instructions from leading claimant and defendant solicitors nationally. The 'approachable' but 'straight-talking' Nicholas Braslavsky QC is a notable member of the team and has 25 years of experience handling a wide range of clinical negligence cases for claimants arising from various settings with an emphasis on claims of the highest value. Also of note, Sarah Pritchard QC is a specialist clinical negligence practitioner with extensive trial experience. Her practice covers all aspects of medical malpractice but with particular expertise in birth damage claims. The set is strong in the junior ranks thanks to the presence of the 'extremely thorough' Charlotte Law, 'highly methodical' Stephen McNamara, 'excellent advocate' Helen Mulholland, 'first-class brain' Claire Steward, and the 'impeccably prepared' Richard Borrett. The 'highly-experienced' Nigel Poole QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court and will start his new appointment on 1 October 2020.
The 'outstanding' Exchange Chambers has 'a strong breadth of experienced clinical negligence counsel'. The team has expertise across all areas of clinical negligence work, and its silks are regularly at the forefront of important and complex cases, acting for a range of private and publicly-funded claimants, and its defendant clients include hospitals, NHS organisations, medical defence organisations, and insurance bodies. In recent work of note, Gerard Martin QC led Chris Gutteridge in acted for a claimant who had both of their legs amputated below the knee due to a negligent failure to consider a vascular cause for complaints of pain and numbness in their feet; the claim settled for £2.5m. Dr Kevin Naylor is part of the team acting for a claimaint against seven defendants in a wrongful birth claim; the case concerns the birth of twins both of whom suffer from hereditary spastic paraplegia. Other key members of the team include the 'razor-sharp' head of chambers, Bill Braithwaite QC, 'excellent strategist' David Knifton QC, and the 'articulate' Matthew Stockwell.
St John's Buildings
St John's Buildings is home to a number of expert clinical negligence barristers at every level of call, acting in cases involving cerebral palsy, birth injury, pregnancy and gynaecology claims, and misdiagnosis among others. The team includes 'experienced leader' Michael Redfern QC, who has considerable expertise in subtle brain injury claims; the 'bright, experienced, and thorough' Richard Norton who is a specialist in clinical negligence, serious personal injury, and industrial disease. Norton successfully acted for a claimant whose GP failed to refer him to hospital for nose bleeds caused by an infection until too late; the eventual treatment caused him to suffer a catastrophic stroke. The 'dogged and relentless' Philip Grundy has 'a gift to see the claim through the claimant's eyes and stand in their shoes to recognise what is important to them'. The 'meticulous' Daniel Frieze is a specialist clinical negligence lawyer, working exclusively for claimants in cases of the utmost severity. Described as an 'extremely efficient individual', Henry Vanderpump is another key name at the set, specialising in clinical negligence and industrial disease. Also of note is the 'knowledgeable' accredited mediator Alastair Wright who is highlighted for his practical advice to claimants. the 'excellent' Sufiyan Rana is acting for a claimant whose ovary was removed due to the development of tuba-ovarian abscess following alleged negligent treatment for Endometriosis.
18 St John Street Chambers provide a highly skilled and experienced group of specialists. With over 30 years' experience, Christopher Limb has been conducting clinical negligence cases since the start of such work as a recognised area of specialism in the 1980s. Gemma McGungle is another key member at the set and is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner with additional expertise in costs. Described by one client as being 'particularly skilled at conducting costs and case management conferences in personal injury and clinical negligence matters', McGungle has developed a clinical negligence practice above her year of call.
Atlantic Chambers' clinical negligence team deals solely in matters on behalf of claimants. 'Excellent all-rounder' John Benson QC heads the team who deals with all manner of cases ranging from incorrect or delayed diagnosis, gynaecological matters, obstetric, midwifery and neonatal issues, dental negligence. Elizabeth Francis is also a name to note in chambers due to her 'sharp mind'. Mediations of clinical negligence disputes is a growing feature of the set's work.
Deans Court Chambers
Victoria Heyworth acts for both claimants and defendants in a range of clinical negligence matters and is a key member of Deans Court Chambers' clinical negligence team. Described by one client as 'a calm and measured advocate' Heyworth is regularly instructed by a number of medical defence organisations covering a wide spectrum of clinical settings. Michael Smith mainly represents defendants in clinical negligence cases, and often appears unled against leading QCs in complex causation cases. He is praised for his technical knowledge and ability to build rapport with experts.