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Adrian Hopkins QC

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Adrian has specialised in clinical negligence, healthcare, professional discipline and regulatory work for more than 28 years. He is frequently instructed in cases of the utmost severity of injury and complexity of unusual medical and legal matters. He has a reputation for incisive analysis of expert evidence and concise advocacy. He is known for his conscientiousness and approachability. Adrian has been involved in a number of leading cases involving treatment decisions and declarations. He has participated in inquiries into various aspects of healthcare, including HC(90)9 and other inquiries into the competence of healthcare professionals, and advising on an inquiry into child abuse within the NHS. Adrian also undertakes inquest work, representing bereaved families, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and NHS Trusts. His experience extends to representing the Home Office in respect of deaths in prison, and the MOD in respect of deaths in the armed services. Adrian is known for his ability to win difficult cases. He has acted for doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals before various disciplinary and administrative tribunals, including the General Medical Council, General Dental Council. Between 2008-10 Adrian successfully represented Professor Murch in one of the most important and longest running GMC inquiries into unethical research into the MMR vaccine and autism. Adrian’s client was the only doctor to be acquitted. Between 2009 and 2012 Adrian has represented Dr Patel, Forensic Pathologist, in a series of alleged misconduct and deficient performance cases in high-profile deaths, including the first Camden Ripper murder and Ian Tomlinson’s death during the G20 riots. In 2004-05 Adrian defended several GPs in a GMC inquiry into the signing of cremation certificates for the mass murderer Dr Shipman. Cases include: Thompson v Arnold (no survival of dependency claim); Re F (mental patient – sterilisation), Re C (refusal of medical treatment), Re G and Re S (PVS cases), Brown v Lewisham & NSHA (clinical negligence), Ratcliffe v Plymouth & Torbay HA (res ipsa in clinical negligence), A v MoD (whether MoD liable for clinical negligence in German hospital); Robbie Powell inquest.


Called 1984; Lincoln’s Inn; Attorney General’s London B panel for the Crown’s civil litigation 1999-2002; contributing editor to ‘Lloyd’s Medical Law Reports’; 2003 appointed Queens Counsel.




Warwick School; St Peter’s College, Oxford (1983 BA).


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