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Clinical Negligence

"One Crown Office Row is "the best set in the clinical negligence business by a long way" with "a number of top silks and juniors who are extremely approachable"."  Legal 500 (2014)

Chambers & Partners Directory says -

"It has some really fantastic barristers, who are very eminent in their field but also very nice and friendly to deal with. The quality is consistent across the whole set, and it's a solid chambers you can really rely on." One solicitor commented: "It is a Rolls-Royce set in terms of quality and is head and shoulders above the rest."

"1 Crown Office Row is "a head above the majority of other sets due to its sheer depth" and the fact that it houses more than one of the truly big names in this field. An "absolutely superb" set, its silks, juniors and clerks all received abundant praise from interviewees. Both claimant and defendant solicitors appreciate the consistent quality of the set's members, with one commentator stating: "There's a whole line of silks and juniors we'd be happy to use interchangeably." Others spoke well of the clerks, led by Matthew Phipps, saying "they make everything easy" and, like the barristers, are "always pleasant, courteous and do their job fantastically well."" (2013) 

This “outstanding set”, a “repository of excellence” in clinical negligence is home to many of the leading barristers in the field.  The set has unparalleled strength in depth which allows it to handle the entire range of clinical negligence cases for both claimants and defendants.  The younger members of the team who are both “well trained and academically bright” were picked out for particular praise.  Their presence should ensure that chambers’ fine reputation endures for years to come. (2012)

We currently have 22 silks and a large number of experienced senior juniors in the team, with many of our younger juniors showing great promise in this important area of law.  Our breadth and depth of experience in this increasingly specialized field enables us to provide objective, careful advice, and expert advocacy in Court.

We have established ourselves in this field by acting for a wide range of clients. We act for privately and publicly funded Claimants, with diverse interests across the whole medical, dental, and alternative treatment spectrum.  Our Defendant clients include hospitals and organizations within the NHS, private hospitals, medical defence organizations and other insurance bodies. 

We also believe that our strength in other areas of medical law, such as disciplinary, medical crime, inquests, Court of Protection and public law, gives us a real advantage.  We can take a wider view, and provide our clients with advice and representation tailored to the circumstances of the particular case. 

Although the great majority of our clinical negligence work relates to claims in England and Wales, we are frequently instructed in large claims proceeding in Commonwealth jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Jersey or the Cayman Islands.

We have also been involved in many high profile multi-party claims, such as the Winterbourne View litigation, Benzodiazopine litigation, Radiation Action Group Exposure ("RAGE"), MMR litigation, the OCP (oral contraceptive) litigation, and public inquiries such as the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Inquiry, the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry and the inquiry arising out of the retention of organs at the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, Alder Hey.

We are market leaders in this field, and hope to retain that privileged position by providing top class advice and representation.  It is our clients who matter to us, and who will judge whether we deserve our reputation. 

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