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1 Crown Office Row

The Chambers of Richard Booth QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7HH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7797 7500
Fax:
Fax 020 7797 7550
DX:
1020 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Brighton, London

Henry Witcomb QC

Tel:
Work 020 7797 7500
Email:
Web:
www.1cor.com/london
1 Crown Office Row (The Chambers of Richard Booth QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury, public authority liability and inquest representation. In clinical negligence, he has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving wrongful death and birth-related catastrophic injury. His personal injury work has focussed on catastrophic spinal and brain injuries. In addition he has been involved in over twenty multi-party actions most recently involving the estate of Sir James Savile, the Kenyan and Ugandan Claimants v Simon Wood and British Airways Plc, and the Ian Paterson breast surgery litigation. 

Career

Called 1989; Lincoln’s Inn; 1998-90 legal reform campaigner (initiating legislative proposals and non-legislative reform); freelance legal journalist (publishing in both national and specialist press); tenant at 1 Crown Office Row; former co-opted member of the Bar Council’s Legal Services Committee (civil justice specialist); former member of Lord Woolf’s Enquiry team (Fast Track Working Party); former Law Commission pre-publication consultee (personal injury law reform programme). Accredited CEDR Mediator; Local Authority trained mediator.

Member

PNBA; APIL.

Education

Durham University (BA Hons in Law 2(1)).


London Bar

Clinical negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 CROWN OFFICE ROWExceptional in understanding life expectancy and quantum.

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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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe has excellent judgement and great ideas for case progression.

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