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Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC
Outer Temple Chambers

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Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Travel Law


Barrister specialising in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Travel Law.

Nationwide practice in clinical negligence, personal injury and professional negligence, acting for claimants and defendants. Clinical negligence covers a wide variety of fields with an emphasis on obstetric injuries and spinal surgery. Personal injury work includes, in particular, group actions against tour operators and holiday claims involving issues of foreign law and jurisdiction, military claims and disease work.


Qualified 1993, Inner temple and took silk in 2018. Publications of note include: ‘Personal Injury Practice’ (Bloomsbury, 6th edition).

Eliot Woolf QC specialises exclusively in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury (domestic and international). His Clinical Negligence practice is wide ranging, representing both claimants and defendants. His Personal Injury work has a focus on catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, military claims and foreign accident / group illness claims.

He is regularly ranked as a Leading Individual in each of his practice areas in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.




Robinson College, Cambridge (MA 2(1)); City University (Dip).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Eliot Woolf KCOuter Temple ChambersEliot has great attention to detail. He is very thorough and, when asked multiple questions on a document or an issue, makes sure to answer them all and in detail. He also thinks of innovative ways to approach an issue’.

Outer Temple Chambers counts on the expertise of Sarah Crowther KC, who appeared in the Supreme Court in Brownlie v FS Cairo, a case regarding the scope of the tort gateway for service abroad and the requirement to plead foreign law. Gerard McDermott KC is also a part of the team, and a recognised name in this field and sought after by those who have suffered a catastrophic injury abroad. Eliot Woolf KC, has recently appeared for the successful claimant in Kempson v First Choice Holidays, establishing the basis for strict liability in salmonella claims.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Eliot Woolf KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Eliot is kind, thoughtful, carefully considered before clients and highly respected in discussions with opponents.’      

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Eliot Woolf KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘A go-to KC; very compassionate and great with clients and in negotiations – a team-worker.’ 

Outer Temple Chambers‘ clinical negligence team is noted for its ‘excellent strength-in-depth’ and ‘expertise’ in the field. Eliot Woolf KC acted for the claimant in the wrongful birth Supreme Court case of Khan v Meadows, while Nathan Tavares KC represents the claimant in a case concerning an alleged failure to arrange blood tests in time to notice a secondary tumour arising from prostate cancer, allegedly rendering the claimant a paraplegic. Junior Daniel Clarke is noted for his sole-action on fatal, high-value cases such as Holmes v East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, wherein he is acting for the claimant family of a 49-year-old man who died during an operation, who are claiming against the ambulance service for failing to admit the patient when his symptoms started and against the Trust for delaying his operation for several days following his admission.