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Henry Witcomb

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1 CROWN OFFICE ROW (The Chambers of Richard Booth QC)


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. Reported in the following cases: JXMX v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust [2015] EWCA Civ 96; Cheshire West and Chester Council v P [2014] UKSC 19; Ayres v Odedra [2013] EWHC 40 QB; Ndiki Mutua & others v The Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2012] EWHC 2678 (QB); XYZ v Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust [2011] EWHC 243 (QB); X, Y & Z v UK [2011] ECHR 1199; X and Y v London Borough of Hounslow [2009] EWCA Civ 286; Pierce v Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council [2008] EWCA Civ 1416; Rowe v Dolman [2008] EWCA Civ 1040; H v Thomson Holidays Ltd [2007] EWHC 850 (QBD); A (by C) v B [2006] EWHC 1178 (QS); Kotke v Saffarini [2005] EWCA Civ 221; Sowden v Lodge and Crookdake v Drury [2004] EWCA Civ 1320; Slater v Buckinghamshire County Council and Anor [2004] EWCA Civ 1478; McDonnell v Congregation of Christian Brothers Trustees (formerly Irish Christian Brothers) & Anor [2004] 1 AC 1101; Royal Victoria Infirmary & Associated Hospitals NHS Trust v B (a child) [2002] Lloyd’s Rep Med 282; R v Criminal Injuries Compensation Panel ex parte Soper, Lawtel 12.12.02; Heil v Rankin [2000] 2 WLR 1173.


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.




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

London Bar

Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe has an impressive knowledge on quantum which makes him a go-to barrister in many high value claims.

Within: Clinical negligence

Always the first choice’, 1 Crown Office Row is a ‘reliable set with really excellent counsel’. Members are ‘as bright as they come, but also have a down to earth, friendly manner’ which ‘makes them popular’ among both clients and solicitors in high-profile, cutting edge cases. Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and new silk Henry Witcomb QC represented the claimant in ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, an important decision on the duty to inform family members in case of life-changing disease.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – Leading silks

Henry Witcomb QC - 1 Crown Office RowHe is an expert and you can really sense his passion for the work.

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