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Leading Silks

Jonathan Jones KC – No5 Barristers’ ChambersJonathan is a silk at the top of his game; an excellent communicator with clients and judiciary alike, and a very strong advocate. He is very experienced and methodical, so is totally dependable when it comes to details in large-value claims, and as a consequence his advice is always logical, sensible and understandable.'
Selena Plowden KC - Guildhall Chambers 'Selena is so sharp, she cuts right to the heart of matters and is excellent with medical experts and clients alike. She is willing to take on a challenge and does so with passion and gusto. She is tireless in pursuit of the claim and unstinting in her efforts.'

Leading Juniors

Vanessa McKinlayGatehouse ChambersVanessa is extremely hard working and gets on top of complex issues very quickly. She knows her field of clinical negligence law in depth. Vanessa is extremely good in conference with clients and experts, making clients feel reassured and at ease.'
Hamish Dunlop - 3PB 'Hamish is diligent and calm, and has a very good manner of dealing with clients and experts. He is logical, personable, approachable, and knowledgeable.'
Sophie Holme - Guildhall Chambers 'Sophie is an exceptionally able and forensic counsel, who combines intellectual rigour with empathy. Impressively analytical, and demonstrates excellent client rapport.'
Mark Lomas3PBA robust and tenacious advocate. He bring a calm clarity to the most complex of cases and he is extremely meticulous. A match for most silks.’
Robert Mills - St John's Chambers 'Robert is an outstanding barrister; he combines forensic analysis with pragmatic problem solving. He guides experts and clients in a methodical yet relaxed manner which allows him to challenge expert views if necessary, without ruffling feathers.'
Kriti Upadhyay - Guildhall Chambers 'Kriti is very eloquent and has a meticulous eye for detail. She is efficient and rigorous, and has excellent interpersonal skills.'
Justin Valentine - St John's Chambers 'He has a no-nonsense and forensic approach, is good in managing client expectations and possesses fantastic attention to detail. Excellent in dealing with medical experts.'
Emma Zeb – Gatehouse Chambers 'Emma is a formidable advocate, with a sharp intellect and charmingly unflappable nature.'
Rachel Segal  - St John's Chambers 'An approachable barrister who provides reasoned and concise advice.'
Marcus Coates-Walker - 1 Crown Office Row 'Marcus is measured in his advice and gets to the root of any problem quickly. He has a depth of legal knowledge and experience beyond his call. Marcus is extremely detailed and analytical in his approach to cases whilst at the same time being practical and down to earth.'
Martin Lanchester - Guildhall Chambers 'Martin is thorough and detailed and a safe pair of hands. He drills down into the key issues in the case. His advice on complex cases is hugely valuable in progressing the matter, but also in reassuring the client.'
Joanna Lewis - Queen Square Chambers 'Joanna is an extremely dedicated barrister. She can break down extremely complicated clinical negligence claims, and provides an impressive balance of support and professionalism with clients. She is a very strong advocate.'
James Marwick - St John's Chambers 'A junior who prepares meticulously and will fight a case for you.'
Lauren Seager - Queen Square Chambers 'Lauren has a very strong understanding of clinical negligence work. She is always incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and considered. She deals with clients with the utmost compassion and respect, and her advice is offered in such a way that the client can understand it and feel comfortable with it.'
Abigail Stamp - Deka Chambers 'Very intelligent and thorough.'

Clinical negligence in Regional Bar

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers continues to undertake the full gamut of cases in this space for both defendants and claimants. Selena Plowden KC has ‘exceptional understanding of the medicine involved in clinical negligence cases‘; she is ‘pragmatic and calm with a tenacious approach to litigation‘. Sophie Holme is ‘an acute strategist‘ with established expertise in advising on cases involving claims concerning delayed diagnoses, surgical negligence and psychiatric injuries. Kriti Upadhyay is regularly instructed in cases involving delayed cancer diagnoses and negligent gynaecological and obstetric care. Martin Lanchester is recommended for claims involving spinal, neurological, cardiological and ophthalmological injuries.



Good strength in depth.’

Guildhall is a brilliant set of chambers.’

A trusted set.’


Helpful and efficient clerking.’

The clerks are extremely approachable and helpful and go over and above to assist with anything. Olive Kavanagh can never do enough for you.’

Always helpful and supportive.’

Caroline Evans is extremely organised, engages well with the instructing solicitors, and is passionate about promoting her barristers. She is very friendly and approachable.’

Olive Kavanagh and Caroline Evans are marvellous and no query is too much, they are always happy to help.’

St John's Chambers

St John’s Chambers is noted by clients as being a ‘go-to set in the South West for clinical negligence‘. Justin Valentine is ‘very thorough‘, and predominantly acts for claimants in birth and neonatal injury claims, delayed cancer diagnoses and negligent nursing care cases. The ‘razor-sharp, focussed, thorough and clearRobert Mills has an excellent reputation for handling dental negligence cases. Rachel Segal is regularly instructed in cases involving claims of negligent cosmetic procedures, obstetric care and delayed diagnoses.



St John’s Chambers is an excellent set.’

A good regional set with a solid reputation.’

A very slick outfit.’


The clerks are fantastic. Derek Jenkins will go out of his way to assist instructing solicitors.’

The clerks are always very on the ball and have always been very helpful, approachable and friendly.’

Adam Marston and Hugh Maguire are great. Always available and flexible, and very personable as well.’

Hugh Maguire is extremely responsive and practical and nothing is ever too much trouble for him.’

Old Square Chambers

At Old Square Chambers, the clinical negligence team has established strength in representing claimants in a wide range of cases, and continues to develop its expertise in handling work for defendants. Sophie Beesley specialises in claimant work, and regularly acts for vulnerable clients in complex, sensitive cases. Kara Loraine has a solid track record in handling cases involving delayed diagnoses, negligent surgical procedures and psychiatric injury claims for parents arising from infant deaths. Naomi Rees and Bella Webb both field expertise in representing claimants and defendants in claims involving delayed cancer diagnoses and birth injuries.


The ‘high quality‘ clinical negligence barristers at 3PB have been kept especially busy handling a range of claimant work. Mark Lomas is ‘very thorough‘ and ‘exceptionally good with clients, able to distill complex matters and provide sharp, candid advice with charm‘ – ‘a silk in all but name‘, according to instructing solicitors. Lomas continues to act in a wide range of claims against dental practitioners and healthcare professionals. The ‘strong advocateHamish Dunlop is instructed in cases involving negligent surgical procedures, missed or delayed diagnoses, and cerebral palsy.



A well-rounded set with significant strength in depth.’

Chambers has a strong knowledge base with good availability of counsel.’

They go out of their way to help, they always find counsel for us, and are excellent at matching counsel to our particular cases.’


The clerks are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.’

The clerks at 3PB provide a very personal service. They have very quick response times and are friendly and personable.’

Edward Holdstock and Stuart Pringle provide excellent service and support.’

Stuart Pringle is able to pick up an instant feel for a case and what an instructing lawyer/ client needs. Will always give a range of options and take a commercial, practical view. Very approachable.’

Service is great – particularly David Snook.’

No5 Barristers' Chambers

No5 Barristers’ ChambersJonathan Jones KC is ‘reliable‘ and ‘his attention to detail is reassuring and formidable‘; he has an excellent track record in representing defendants and claimants in complex cases involving negligent obstetric and neonatal care claims. David Tyack KC‘s practice includes claims involving negligent obstetric care, delayed cancer diagnoses and spinal injuries.



Strong set with depth and quality throughout the chambers.’

Strong chambers.’


Very efficient, approachable, responsive and helpful. Zoe Tinnion is good.’