Stephen Miller QC
Stephen Miller QC took silk in 1990 and since that time has developed his interest in cases involving medical issues. Although a large part of his work is concerned with clinical negligence actions, in which he has appeared in a number of the leading cases at first instance and on appeal, he has also been involved in a number of multi-party actions, Inquiries, disciplinary hearings and medically-related criminal hearings. He has also retained an interest in other aspects of professional negligence, personal injury and in actions against the police.
He is an accredited mediator; a member of the Court of Appeal panel of mediators since 1997 and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Stephen Miller is regularly ranked in the leading legal directories.
"always give a good performance." "If you have a tricky trial, he's a great advocate and he's always ready for a fight (Chambers and Partners 2013)
“steeped in clinical negligence experience” and is a “fair minded and sensible opponent.” (Chambers and Partners 2012)
“a real scrapper who is excellent on his feet.” (Chambers and Partners 2011)
“He can bring all the loose strands together and make a fantastic case out of what you give him” (Chambers and Partners 2010)
"top-class" medical professional specialist, who is valued for his polished advocacy style and experience in handling high-level, complex cases. Consistently impressive, this senior silk is viewed as handling cases with the "skill of an old master." (Chambers and Partners 2013)
“plainly in the premier league.” (Chambers and Partners 2012)
“brilliant on his feet, totally thorough and excellent with clients” (Chambers and Partners 2011)
“The quickest-witted counsel you would wish to secure. (Chambers and Partners 2010)
Chapters in: Clinical Negligence Powers & Harris (Butterworths 4th Edition 2007), Professional Negligence & Liability (LLP) and Personal Injury Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell 3rd Edition 2007)
Occasional medico-legal articles
Numerous lectures on medico-legal matters, procedure and damages.
Recorder of the Crown Court since 1992
Mediator, Court of Appeal Mediation Panel, since 1997
Bar/Law Society Joint Tribunal Arbitrator
Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple
Significant cases include the following
Wilsher v Essex Area Health Authority (HL) (The leading House of Lords authority on causation in Clinical negligence cases)
Robertson v Nottingham Health Authority (CA) (Direct, rather than vicarious, duty of care for system fault)
Walters v North Glamorgan NHS Trust (CA) (Extension of liability to secondary victims to include a mother being present over a period of hours while her son died)
Galli-Atkinson v Seghal (CA) (Psychiatric injury arising out of death of a child. Need for propinquity explained)
London Borough of Islington v University of London Hospital NHS Trust (CA) (Whether a duty owed by an NHS Trust to a local authority not to cause injury likely to result in the need for residential care)
West Bromwich Albion FC Ltd v El-Safty (CA) (Extent of duty in tort and contract owed by private specialist engaged to treat professional footballer)
Al Kandari v JR Brown (CA) (Extent of the duty owed by a solicitor in litigation to the client on the other side)
Al Fayed and others v Metropolitan Police Commissioner (CA) (Unsuccessful challenge to the legality of the arrest of suspects for the purpose of questioning under cautioning)
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