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Doughty Street Chambers

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Bristol, London, Manchester

Christopher Hough

Tel:
Work 020 7404 1313
Email:
Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)

Position

Chris Hough specialises in clinical negligence claims. About 90% of his practice is acting on behalf of the claimant (and/or family) in claims against NHS trusts, GPs and doctors in private practice. In the last few years, the total damages obtained on behalf of clients has been about £40 million pa. CH acts in a number of very high value claims including cerebral palsy and tetraplegia, as well as the usual range of smaller claims (Erbs palsy, amputation, anaesthetic accident causing paralysis, hospital acquired infection and so on). He is very familiar with drafting pleadings, schedules, advising on periodical payments, experts and so on. The typical case lasts about 3 years, with many conferences both at the client’s house and with experts. The remainder of his work is some catastrophic PI and legal negligence (involving negligent management of clin neg/PI).Three recent cases: G v City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust [2013] Brain damage at birth caused by maternal infection (chorioamnionitis). Causation very difficult as recent medical research suggests damage can occur some time before clinical signs of infection. Settled for 65% of full value of claim. Damage was severe developmental delay and mild cerebral palsy. Need for 24 hour care, accommodation and aids. Claim settled for £1.65 million and £60,000 pa PPO (after deduction of 35%) Instructed by Ben Hoare Bell. L v City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust [2013] Cerebral palsy claim. CTG trace showed prolonged bradycardia with possible recovery. Issue was whether bradycardia necessitated delivery. Damage was very severe cerebral palsy with life expectancy into early 20s. Profound needs. Claim settled for £875,000 plus £125,000 PPO Instructed by Ben Hoare Bell. F v Royal United Bath NHS Trust [2013] Failure to treat infection leading to above knee amputation in elderly lady (81 at time of settlement). Client had Stage 4 cancer with very reduced life expectancy (months), which she refused to be told about. insufficient time to buy/adapt property. Cancer had prevented use of prosthesis. Claim settled for lump sum of £365,000 and £70,000 PPO Instructed by Withy King.

Career

Called 1981; Middle Temple. Trustee of Learning for Life. Publications of note: Pedaller to Peking; APIL Personal Injury Handbook.

Education

LLB.

Leisure

Football, cycling, opera, film, food and wine.


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