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

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Inquests and Injuries, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Medical Device Litigation, Regulatory


Barrister specialising in Inquests and Injuries, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Medical Device Litigation, Regulatory

Compensation recovery claims for child and adult abuse (UK and Eire) – counsel to Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (2014-2015) looking into abuse in children’s homes on the island; clinical negligence, including medical device litigation; personal injury compensation claims; professional negligence claims relating to solicitors and barristers’ conduct on personal injury/clinical negligence litigation; transport regulatory compliance; HGV/PSV (EU and domestic); professional regulatory work and disciplinary hearings.


Called 1984, Middle Temple; mediator (CEDR); advisory counsel on medical device litigation; direct access. Publications of note: ‘Child Abuse Compensation Claims’ (Law Society 2002) – contributor; articles and appearance on BBC News on aspects of abuse litigation, including Savile claims and Rotheham inquiry.

Patrick Sadd has extensive experience in a variety of complementary areas where he has a reputation for an empathetic approach with clients as well as recognised expertise.

He has expertise in historical and present day abuse claims stemming from a wide variety of settings including religious institutions and groups, schools, care and foster homes, football clubs, youth and scouting groups and family settings, as well as acting for vulnerable adults in long-term residential or psychiatric care.

Patrick was Lead Counsel in both the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (2013-2016 ) and in the IICSA investigation into the sexual abuse of children in the care of the Nottingham Councils (2017-2019).

He acts for both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence and personal injury claims. He is instructed in sensitive cases involving still-birth and neo-natal deaths, as well as in inquests including those arising out of clinical treatment and psychiatric care.

In his long-standing personal injury practice he specialises in catastrophic injury as well as acting for bereaved families in fatal accident claims.

His experience extends to medical device litigation and group actions including the Leicester Epilepsy claims, Trilucent Breast implant, PIP litigation and De Puy litigation.

In contrast, Patrick is recognised as one of the leading experts in European road regulatory law and is regularly instructed on behalf of haulage and coach operators in public inquiries, the Upper Tribunal and the Administrative Courts. Only recently, he acted for the Secretary of State for Transport in a recent test case on large goods’ vehicles and emission control, Midland Container Logistics Limited & Others v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] UKUT 0005(AAC).


Fluent French.




Worth Abbey; Durham University (Phil/Pol 2(1)); Polytechnic of Central London; Bar School.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Patrick SaddOuter Temple ChambersPatrick has a huge amount of empathy and sincerity while delivering difficult advice on extremely sensitive cases. He has a forensic eye to detail and an impressive questioning skill that he uses with medical experts to put them at ease but at the same time ensuring they fully address all the medico-legal aspects. Clients have nothing but praise for him in relation to the emotional support he offers them at inquest; and his questioning of the clinicians at Inquest is extremely effective.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Patrick SaddOuter Temple ChambersPatrick is one of the leading barristers in the country dealing with child abuse litigation. He is completely on top of the complex developing areas of law.’