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Christopher Mellor

Call:  1999


Christopher has a common law and public law practice. 

He has extensive experience in clinical negligence (acting for both Claimants and Defendants); in medical disciplinary and regulatory work (e.g. in the GMC, GDC and NMC); in cases involving medical treatment decisions (including emergency injunctions and declarations); in inquests; and in other medical law related matters.  He has been instructed in a number of high profile cases before the GMC, including GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield and others (the prosecution of the three doctors involved in the research connected with the MMR debate), and in judicial review proceedings brought against the GMC.

Christopher’s public law practice also includes work in Public Inquiries.  He was recently instructed in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry chaired by Robert Francis QC.

In addition, he has wide-ranging experience in other professional negligence work and personal injury.

He is a member of the South Eastern Circuit, the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the Personal Injuries Bar Association, the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.


Recommended in Chambers and Partners for his work in Inquests and Public Inquiries:

"Extraordinary skill in managing difficult clients." "Always on top of all the detail, he is incredibly diligent in his role." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

"He is very user-friendly, prepares unbelievably well and has a very reassuring manner in front of coroners." "He is extraordinarily calm in front of juries and sensitive in cases that are difficult for all involved." (2016)

"His ability to assimilate a very large volume of information in a short time is extremely impressive." "He is clear and concise in his advice, and has an absolutely thorough understanding of the matters he deals with." (2015)


Cambridge University, Law BA (Hons) (1998), MA (2002)


"Healthcare - Francies Inquiry - Duty of Candour - Part One" June 2013

"A duty of candour: A change in approach” Clinical Risk January/March 2014 20: 36-46

"Third Party Interventions by the Government and the Public Interest" [2004] JR 130 (Vol 9, Issue 2) (Co-writer with Philip Havers QC)



Member of the London-Westminster NRES (National Research Ethics Service) Committee

Significant cases include the following

Please see the printable version of the CV for a more detailed list 

R (on the application of Daniel Roque Hall) v (1) University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2) Secretary of State for Justice [2013] EWHC 198 (Admin) (medical treatment of severely disabled drug smuggler in prison, and his discharge from hospital back to prison, did not breach Article 2 or 3)

Walker-Smith v General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 503 (Admin) (appeal against findings relating to the alleged conduct of unapproved research)

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Junior Counsel instructed on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority)

GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield and others (instructed by the GMC in prosecution of three doctors involved in the MMR vaccine debate)

Inquest into the death of Tallulah Wilson (15 year old girl who had had an online life which included involvement with an internet site where users posted images of self harm).

Inquest into the death of Axel Peanberg-King (death of baby following involvement of Harmoni out-of-hours service)

Inquest into the death of Alina Sarag (school girl who died having contracted TB)

Inquest into the death of Lucas Stachursky (phenytoin overdose)

Inquest into the death of Naazish Farooq Khan (Junior Counsel for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; death in hospital following alleged over administration of potassium)

Brown v (1) Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority (2) Shukru (3) Medical Defence Union Ltd [2005] EWHC 1098 (QB) (Junior Counsel for the First Defendant; failure to discover congenital spinal defect and to diagnose meningitis)

Other information

VAT Registration No:  766 5885 66


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Christopher Mellor acted for an interested person in the Inquest into the death of 15-year-old schoolgirl, Tallulah Wilson
Christopher Mellor’s podcast on the proposed Duty of Candour for the NHS.
Members of 1COR acted in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Inquiry
1 Crown Office Row appears on both sides of the Professor Walker-Smith appeal