Sydney Chawatama specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury, acting for Claimants and Defendants. His work in these areas ranges from fast track claims to complex high value claims, from initial advice to settlement meetings and trial.
In addition, he has a broad practice which covers the Court of Protection, regulatory and disciplinary law, costs, mental health law, inquests and child abuse compensation law.
He represents doctors at the GMC before the IOP, fitness to practice and specialist registration hearings. He has also represented nurses at the NMC. His regulatory work includes appeals from the PMETB and hearings before the FHSAA.
Sydney has extensive experience in costs. He acted for the Defendant in Samonini, which first established a material breach of the CFA Regulations could occur despite the client in fact having no BTE. His costs work includes CFA compliance, solicitor- client costs, costs capping and points of principle in detailed assessments.
Sydney is regularly instructed in ethical medical cases by both families and Trusts (frequently on an urgent basis). Recent cases in which he has been instructed involved tissue harvesting, blood transfusion, withdrawal of treatment and bone marrow transplant against parents' wishes. In this connection and in the light of recently enacted legislation (MCA 2005 and MHA 2007) he has developed his Court of Protection practice with regular appearances in the High Court in health and welfare cases, including several reported cases
In the mental health field, Sydney has represented patients and Trusts before the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He has appeared in County Court and High Court mental health cases, including judicial review in the landmark case of TTM in the Court of Appeal
LLB, First Class Hons, English and European Law, University of Essex, 1993
Advisory Board of Northrise University Law School, Ndola, Zambia
Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Bar Council Working Group on the role of the Attorney General (Green Paper "The Governance of Britain") September 2007
Member, Bar Council Law Reform Committee, January 2006
Significant cases include the following
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H v A PCT & A GP, Blackpool County Court, May 2012
Re M, March 2012, York County Court
Re B, Court of Appeal,  EWCA Civ 347, 21.03.12.
Re EC, High Court, February 2012..
Re S, September 2011.
Re B, Leeds County Court, HHJ Gosnell, April 2011.
Re W, March 2011.
Re A, February 2011.
Re R. Settlement January 2011.
Re G. Settlement January 2011.
Re Q, July 2010, High Court.
Re Alastair Hosie, June 2010.
Re Baby Abbie, South Yorkshire Coroner’s Court, Sheffield. 17 day Inquest Jan – March 2010
Re D, January 2010.
Re Helen Walker.
Re B. Guildford CC. Settlement July 2009.
Re P. July 2009.
Re B. Newcastle District Registry. June 2009.
Re N. Telford Coroners Court, May 2009.
Re H. Swansea Coroner’s Court, January 2009.
Re John Moore, High Court, December 2008.
Re Dr's G & B. Manchester County Court. April 2007, 3 day trial.
Inquest into the death of Andrew Smith. Leicester Coroners Court, November 2007.
Katie Younger v Dorset & Somerset Strategic HA  LS Law Medical 489.
Curtis v St Helier NHS Trust. September 2005. .
Re Dr Norton, IOP, June and December 2010
Re Dr Sharma, Registration Appeals Panel, September 2011
Dr Gilbey v Neath Port Talbot Health Board. FHSAA, March 2009 (two hearings).
Re Mr P. PMETB Appeal Board, October 2008 and January 2009.
Re DM, Watford County Court, July 2012
Re B, Reading County Court, January 2012
Re W, Reading County Court, August 2011
Re C, Guilford County Court, July 2011
Re T, Eastbourne County Court, May 2011
Re F, October 2011.
Re C. High Court, November 2010.
Re Ram, Brighton County Court, March 2010, HHJ Hollis.
Re John May. March 2010.
Hall v Jeffrey & Sons. Reading County Court, March 2009.
Picker v Lambourne. High Court, February 2009.
Kevin Burnet v Glentworth Fabrications LTD. Reading County Court, December 2007.
Wallsgrave v Snowflake Cat Litter. July 2003.
Saunders v ISS. January 2003.
T Van Oudenhoven V Griffin Inns  1 WLR 1413. Junior in High Court and Court of Appeal.
Child Abuse Compensation Law
Re B. Settlement September 2010.
Re S. Exeter County Court. Settlement September 2009.
Mental Health/ Court of Protection
PH v CC & ors, COP, Baker J, various hearings, 2012
B v Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, FTT, January 2012,
D v Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, FTT, May 2012
Re AH  EWHC 276 (COP), Peter Jackson J, 17.02.11.
Re SRS residents. Court of Protection,
Re TTM, Court of Appeal, 14.01.11.
Re TTM. 11.06.10, Collins J. Judicial Review hearing (3 days) following on from Habeas Corpus application below.
Re TTM. Admin Court, Burton J, 10 February 2009. Application for writ of Habeas Corpus.
M v Homerton University NHS Trust & anr  EWCA Civ 197, CA, and  EWHC 3006 (Admin)
Re DU  EWHC 3504 (Fam),
Re JN, 2009, various hearings in the High Court (COP).
Re M. COP, Mrs Justice Eleanor King. December 2008.
The NHS Trust v A (a child) & Ors  EWHC 1696 (Fam) 18.07.07.
Re C, High Court, June 2007.
Re L, High Court, June 2007.
Re KW, High Court, March 2005.
Fiona Hatfield v Lewisham Hospitals NHS Trust, SCCO, January 2012
Lucy Branston (Deceased) v Dr Francis Perez- Carral, Leeds County Court, August 2011.
Jeanette De Bono v Wellcare Nursing Home, SCCO, November 2012.
Re AH and Others (Costs),  EWHC 3524 (COP) Peter Jackson J, 16 November 2011.
Gandy v King, SCCO, Master Howarth, 27.04.10.
Hanley v Smith & Anor  EWHC 90144 (Costs) Deputy Master Williams, 17 June 2009.
Poole v Parker 7.04.08, Birmingham CC, HHJ Cardinal.
Sockett v DTI Sheffield CC, 17.12.07, DJ Hill.
Carter-Ruck v Finn 13.09.07, High Court, Irwin J.
Samoni v London General Transport (2005) PIQR P20.
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