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1 Crown Office Row

The Chambers of Richard Booth QC

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Brighton, London

Philip Havers QC

Work 020 7797 7500
1 Crown Office Row (The Chambers of Richard Booth QC)


Areas of practice include: administrative/public law; human rights and civil liberties; constitutional law; contempt; environment; immigration law; clinical negligence; health law; personal injury; solicitors’ negligence; breach of confidence; local government; education; multi-party actions and product liability; public inquiries and disciplinary proceedings. Recent cases include: Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50; Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 1307; Meadows v Khan [2017] EWHC 2990 (QB):Black v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWCA Civ 125;.Keep Wythenshawe Special Ltd v NHS Central Manchester CCG [2016] EWHC 17 (Admin); AM v DPP [2013] EWCA Civ 961, CA; SXH v CPS [2014] EWCA Civ 90, CA; Pike v Indian Hotels Co Ltd [2013] EWHC 4096; R (Mousa) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 1412 and EWCA Civ 1334, CA; R (Tracey) v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2012] EWHC 3860 (Admin) and [2014] EWCA Civ 33, CA; Nyang v Dr Thomas [2013] EWHC 3946; Legal Ombudsman v Young [2011] EWHC 2923 (Admin); R (Crosbie) v Secretary of State for Defence [2011] EWHC 879 (Admin); R v Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust [2012] EWHC 492 (QB); Whiston v London SHA [2010] EWCA Civ 195 CA; GDC v Savery [2011] EWHC 3011 (Admin); Savage v South Essex NHS Foundation Trust [2008] UKHL 74 HL; accepts direct professional access; undertakes conditional fee work.


Called 1974; Inner Temple; QC 1995; called to the Hong Kong Bar; formerly counsel to the Crown, common law.


Spanish (working knowledge).


Administrative Law Bar Association; Bar European Group; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Bar European Circuit; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association.


Eton College; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MA).


Tennis, music, wine, travel, gardening, trees.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Silks

Philip Havers QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWThe classic insider's counsel: not there to pull down the temple, but utterly courageous when it comes to taking on the establishment.

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Clinical negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Philip Havers QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWHe is very experienced and provides a measured assessment of cases.

Within: Clinical negligence

1 CROWN OFFICE ROW remains 'the go-to set for medical negligence cases', fielding 'an ever-growing pool of excellent barristers to choose from at all levels'. The set 'offers a diverse range of skills and experience', making it a first-choice for a wide range of clients in relation to high profile multi-party claims and precedent-setting cases. Philip Havers QC represented the defendant in Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust before the Supreme Court, which turned on if non-medical staff (in this case, a receptionist) owe a duty of care to patients. Henry Witcomb QC represented the claimant and John Whitting QC the defendant in SXL v West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, in which a newborn who suffered a catastrophic brain injury after a two-day delay in prescribing aciclovir caused herpes simplex virus to develop into a brain infection received a £37m award, thought to be a national record. Cara Guthrie joined from Outer Temple Chambers.

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