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David Pittaway QC

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David Pittaway QC is Head of Chambers and was Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 2017. His principal practice areas are medical law, public inquiries, regulatory and disciplinary, product liability, personal injury and insurance law. He is frequently instructed in cases defending high profile clients in both the healthcare and non-healthcare sectors against reputational damage. He is regularly instructed on behalf of claimants and defendants in complex clinical negligence cases. He has a particular interest in cases involving difficult issues on legal and medical causation. He has considerable experience of being instructed in group actions. Between 2013 and 2015 he was instructed in the Hillsborough Inquests acting for the solicitor who advised on the content of the South Yorkshire Police's witness statements. He prosecutes for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and advises medical and non-medical regulators on their procedures. He also acts on behalf of NHS bodies and medical defence societies in public law related matters including the administrative court, tribunals, inquiries and inquests and has substantial experience of large-scale litigation.


Called 1977, Inner Temple (2011 Northern Ireland); bencher 1998; reader elect (2015); assistant recorder (1998); recorder; QC 2000; Deputy High Court Judge (QBD/Admin) 2008/13; chancellor of the Diocese of Peterborough (2006); legal member of Mental Health Review Tribunal 2002; GMC Legal Assessor 2002-04; Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Legal Assessor 2004; GSCC legal assessor 2007; FCl Arb 1994; accredited mediator 2003; contributor: ‘Atkins Court Forms – Personal Injury [2014]; Professional Negligence’ [2013]; ‘National Health Service’ [2014]; ‘Carriers’ [2010]; Co-general editor ‘Pittaway & Hammerton Professional Negligence Cases’ (Butterworth’s) [1998];


Past chairman of Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injuries Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Bar European Group.


Uppingham School; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1976 (Exhibitioner) BA Cantab; 1979 MA Cantab).

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Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – Leading silks

David Pittaway QC - Hailsham ChambersHe is an excellent advocate who is very good at rising above the detail to see the wider picture.

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Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

David Pittaway QC - Hailsham ChambersHe has a very authoritative, smooth manner with clients.

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

David Pittaway QC - Hailsham ChambersHis precise and effective questioning helps enormously in achieving the clients’ objectives.

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