Colin Mendoza > Chambers of Andrew Burns KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Colin Mendoza specialises in complex high-value clinical negligence and personal injury cases, acting for claimants and defendants. Expertise in fatal accident claims, high-value spinal injury, including in the context of surgical negligence, catastrophic brain damage cases, chronic pain cases, amputation, disfigurement and psychiatric damage. Wide range of clinical negligence work, with recent successes in diverse areas of medicine including spinal surgery, orthopaedic surgery, general surgery and sub-standard nursing care leading to death. Experienced in Group Action litigation and product liability cases including breast implants, hip replacements and surgical mesh. Has successfully been briefed to both prosecute and defend cases in the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands, including clinical negligence. Colin has broad experience across many areas of common law work requiring specialist advocacy skills and has acted for many years in criminal proceedings including allegations of murder and grievous bodily harm, Health and Safety criminal proceedings and high-value disability discrimination. Colin is known for his strategic skills, sound judgment of what arguments will likely find favour with the Court and his uncompromising and effective cross-examination skills of lay and expert witnesses.
For more information on Colin’s practice and latest case highlights, please consult his full Devereux profile.
Called 1983; 2008: Appointed Tribunal Judge of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Tribunal.
PIBA; PNBA; APIL; The British Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree; University of Kent (1982 BA Law); Cambridge University (1984 LLM).
Family, jazz, touch rugby, reading crime novels and power boating.
Lawyer Rankings(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2
The personal injury team at Devereux is described as a ‘super set of chambers with a large depth of knowledge’. The ‘razor sharp’ Stephen Killalea KC continues to excel in the field, with consistently impressive work on high-value catastrophic cases, particularly those caused by road traffic accidents. In addition, junior Colin Mendoza is consistently involved in high-quality, independently-led work in high-value cases of serious injury. Notably, he is assisting on quantum in a claim against the event governing body brought by a marshal at a motocross event at Weymouth Beach who, whilst assisting a fallen rider, was hit by the second defendant’s motorcycle after he had ignored yellow flags and took the jump at full speed, landing on the claimant’s head, which resulted in brain damage. Stephen Cottrell , who is frequently led by top-tier silks on the most complex of matters, and Jonathan Butters , who has a developing specialism in mesothelioma matters, both warrant particular recognition also.
Devereux is ‘a great set with a broad depth of experience in the field of medical negligence’. ‘Leader in the field’ Robert Glancy KC has continued to work on catastrophic brain and spinal cases as well as birth injury cases. Robert Weir KC acted for the claimants on the particularly noteworthy Court of Appeal case Paul and Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, in which the deceased’s young daughters witnessed his heart attack, which occurred 14-months after he was treated for acute coronary symptoms – it is alleged at his initial consultation he should have been given a coronary angiogram which would have revealed his coronary artery disease and ultimately prevented his death; the claimants have been granted approval for hearing at the Supreme Court on this matter. Junior Colin Mendoza, described as having a ‘vast wealth of experience’ in the field, is developing a specialism in complex surgical negligence and brain injury cases.