Christopher Limb > Chambers of Richard Chapman QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Chapman QC
18 St John Street Chambers
M3 4EA

Work Department

Clinical negligence, personal injury.


For many years Christopher’s practice has been predominantly in civil work and in recent years he has been almost entirely involved in clinical negligence work. Experience: current caseload covers a wide variety of issues. At any one time Christopher is normally involved with several current cerebral palsy cases. Other current cases range from brachial plexus injuries, orthopaedic surgery cases, infection cases, ophthalmic cases, neurological cases, spinal cases (a very wide range). He is normally involved with several cases leading to judgment or in settlement each year with damages of or exceeding £1m and has been involved in several cases of a significantly higher value. Instructions are received from throughout the country but in particular from the North West, North East and the Midlands. Notable cases: the seminal Court of Appeal decision in Naylor v Preston Health Authority [1987], which significantly altered the entire procedural basis for clinical negligence work and in particular procedures in relation to expert evidence; the Court of Appeal decision in Forbes v Wandsworth Health Authority [1997] – one of the leading cases in relation to limitation in the clinical negligence context; the first instance High Court judgment in Sutcliffe v Countess of Chester NHS Trust [2002], which was the first reported High Court decision relating to disputed brachial plexus injury causation; the Court of Appeal decision in Gouldsmith v Mid Staffordshire General Hospital NHS Trust [2007] concerning issues of causation and a factual reconstruction in cases of omission.


Called 1975.


APIL (treasurer). He was the instigator of the annual Clinical Negligence Conference in 2001 and has subsequently been one of the principal organisers. He is a Judge in the Primary Health List First Tier Tribunal.


University of Liverpool (LLB first class hons).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher Limb18 St John Street ChambersA safe pair of hands who never misses a relevant detail.

18 St John Street Chambers provide a highly skilled and experienced group of specialists. With over 30 years’ experience, Christopher Limb has been conducting clinical negligence cases since the start of such work as a recognised area of specialism in the 1980s. Gemma McGungle is another key member at the set and is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner with additional expertise in costs. Described by one client as being ‘particularly skilled at conducting costs and case management conferences in personal injury and clinical negligence matters’, McGungle has developed a clinical negligence practice above her year of call.