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Chambers of David Berkley QC

ROYAL TALBOT HOUSE, 2 VICTORIA STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6BB, ENGLAND
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Work 0117 928 1520
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Fax 0117 928 1525
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7836 BRISTOL
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Duncan McNair

Tel:
Work 0117 928 1520
Email:
Web:
www.3pb.co.uk/profile/duncan-mcnair
3PB (Chambers of David Berkley QC)

Work Department

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

Position

Duncan practices in personal injury and clinical negligence, enjoying a substantial advisory and court practice. He is regarded as an accomplished and fearless advocate by both professional and lay clients.

Personal injury: Duncan acts for both claimants and defendants in all elements of personal injury law including serious road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability and high-value claims. He often advises in complex disputes requiring extensive schedules and involving challenging causation issues.

Duncan has particular expertise in employers’ liability, specifically cases involving accidents at work, where his background outside law and his degree in physics provide a particular insight and skill when dealing with technical expert evidence.

Taking a practical and unflinching approach to risk assessments in marginal CFA cases, Duncan is not afraid to run cases where prospects are less than guaranteed.

He also has experience advising and representing parties at Inquests and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Recent cases of note for Duncan’s personal injury work include: G v a motor insurer [2013]; Stephens v Braham [2013]; Tucknott v Bridgend CBC [2013; W v T [2012].

Clinical Negligence: Duncan has a burgeoning clinical negligence practice involving issues of limitation and knowledge, consent and negligently performed surgery, including in particular cosmetic surgery. His advisory work is very highly regarded and he is one of the few practitioners in this field to have direct experience of clinical negligence litigation all the way through to judgment.

Recent cases of note for Duncan’s clinical negligence work include: C van NHS trust [2014]; E v Dr A [2012].

Client Testimonials: a Court of Appeal judge commented to Duncan McNair in a recent application for permission to appeal in a personal injury case: “(The client) has been lucky to have you as his advocate”.

Career

Called 2003. Before joining the Bar, Duncan had a successful career as a recruitment consultant, which provides him with useful and practical experience in the commercial aspects of litigation and expectation management.


Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Duncan McNair - 3PB ‘A first-class cross-examiner.’

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