Kieran Coonan QC
Kieran Coonan practices in three principal areas of law. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants in clinical negligence matters. He represents doctors and dentists in professional disciplinary proceedings before the Fitness to Practice Panels of the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council. He undertakes the defence of those doctors and dentists and other professionals charged with criminal offences arising out of their professional activities.
These major areas of his practice provide natural and frequent links to personal injury cases; inquests; other professional negligence claims (e.g. barristers and solicitors); mental health issues; public inquiries; multi-party actions; sports law and specialist criminal cases particularly those in which scientific or medical issues arise.
These areas of practice have led to appearances in the Crown Court; Administrative Court; Court of Appeal; the Privy Council and the House of Lords.
He has acted as Chairman in two notable public inquiries into the provision of mental health care by the NHS, Police and Prison Services.
He is listed as a leader in the fields of clinical negligence and professional discipline
"Outstanding silk" Kieran Coonan QC "gives everything and gets great results" for his claimant and defendant clients. (Chambers and Partners UK 2013)
A “top reputation in this field” and is therefore unsurprisingly highly sought after by solicitors for both his claimant and defence work. (Chambers and Partners UK 2012)
“a lawyer who lives and breathes his work” and who excels acting for both defendants and claimants. (Chambers and Partners UK 2011)
Kieran Coonan QC is one of the leading silks at the Professional Discipline Bar. Sources say he is "excellent," "one of the stars," and someone who has been handling the very best work with aplomb for years now (Chambers and Partners UK 2013)
One of the most sought after silks around for defence and prosecution of medical professionals before fitness to practise panels. He is described as having “all the instincts and judgement of a criminal practitioner” and a “vast intellect.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2012)
One of the leading figures in the field, praised for his good judgement and formidable advocacy skills. Clients note how impressive he is at “forensically unpicking opponent’s cases.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2011)
Recorder of the Crown Court 1996
Bencher of Gray's Inn 2002
Head of Chambers at 6 Pump Court 1991 – 2004
Significant cases include the following
GMC v Wakefield (2010)
R (on the application of Bonhoeffer) v GMC 2011 EWHC 1585 (Admin)
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons v Main (2011)
Giele v GMC  EWHC 2143 (Admin)
CRHE v GMC and Southall  EWHC 579 (Admin)
Wells v Wells (Thomas –v- Brighton Health Authority)  1 AC 345 (HL)
Stubbings v Webb  AC 498 (HL)
W v Egdell  WLR 471 CA
Reza v General Medical Council  2 AC 182 (PC)
Hotson v East Berkshire Health Authority  AC 750 (HL)
R v Patel (Trupti)
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