Dominic Ruck Keene examines evidential difficulties in proving a Montgomery case for AvMA Newsletter - Jun 2019
Dominic Ruck Keene has developed a varied practice in all the core areas of Chambers’ work, in particular inquests, public law and human rights, and clinical negligence. He also has a growing practice in the specialist areas of child abuse compensation, cyber and data protection, as well as employment and equality. As a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel, he is instructed by a number of different Government departments in cases involving a wide spectrum of different areas of law.
As a former Regular Army officer and serving Reservist Army Officer (currently an instructor on the Directing Staff of the Defence Academy), Dominic has a particular interest and expertise in all nature of cases involving service personnel, as well as National Security more generally.
Dominic accepts direct instruction from lay clients across a range of practice areas, with a particular interest in representing families at inquests. For more information, please view his profile here.Inquests
Dominic represents the entire spectrum of families, prisons, GPs, and healthcare providers at inquests. He has developed a particular specialism in inquests into mental health patients, and regularly appears at Article 2 and jury inquests into the deaths of both formally and informally admitted mental health patients, as well those being treated in the community. He also regularly appears at inquests into the deaths of prisoners.
- Inquest into the death of Richard Handley: Appeared for family in inquest into the death of a 33 year old man with Down’s Syndrome and mental health issues who was living in supported housing and died from constipation.
- Inquest into the death of Barry Tucker: Appeared for family in inquest into death of a cancer patient who died having been discharged prematurely.
- Inquest into the death of Daniel Chapman: Appeared for NHS Trust in inquest into death of mental health patient who died while being treated in the community and living in supported accommodation from an overdose of legal highs.
- Inquest into the death of George Sutcliffe: Appeared for family in inquest into death of elderly patient where issues over whether should have been discharged earlier and avoided terminal decline while admitted.
- Inquest into the death of Glenn Jordan: Appeared for family in inquest into death of informal admitted mental health patient who hung himself while in hospital.
- Inquest into the death of Davindar Lal Seth: Appeared for family in inquest into the death of a patient who aspirated vomit while in intensive care and suffered cardiac arrest.
- Inquest into the death of Sally Ahmed-Chamberlain: Appeared for hospital in inquest into suicide of someone previously under care of mental health services.
- Inquest into the death of Henry Hughes: Appeared for hospital in inquest into death of informal admitted mental health patient who hung himself while on leave from hospital.
Dominic has considerable experience of acting in clinical negligence claims for both claimants and defendants: drafting the full range of pleadings, advising on merits, quantum and settlement; successfully representing parties at RTMs and at mediation; as well as appearing in case management hearings, application hearings, and at trial in both the County and High Courts. Cases include those involving:
- Cerebral palsy and other catastrophic birth related injuries
- Psychiatric injury (both primary and secondary victims)
- Orthopaedic injuries (in particular delayed diagnosis of fractures)
- Cancer treatment
- Patients detained in prison or under the mental health act
- Retained products of conception
- Injuries to reproductive organs and ‘loss of a chance’ claims
- Cauda equine
- Paterson Inquiry 2017: Instructed as a junior led by Lizanne Gumbel QC in respect of test cases being brought on behalf of hundreds of claimants against a consultant breast surgeon (Mr Ian Paterson) for negligent treatment spanning a decade given to both NHS and private patients.
Dominic appears for both Claimants and Defendants, and regularly advises and drafts pleadings across the entire spectrum of personal injury, including child abuse, workplace injuries and injuries resulting from data breaches.
- Cyprus Emergency Litigation 2018: Instructed on behalf of the MOD and the FCO in a significant case brought by 35 claimants alleging that they were physically abused by the Security Forces during the Cyprus Emergency.
- Paterson Inquiry 2017: Dominic was led by Lizanne Gumbel QC for the claimants in respect of test cases being brought on behalf of hundreds of patients against a consultant breast surgeon (Mr Ian Paterson) for negligent treatment spanning a decade given to both NHS and private patients.
- Snatch/ Pinzgauer 2016: Dominic was led by David Evans QC for the MOD in the lead test cases for the application of negligence to combat operations following the decision of the Supreme Court in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence (No 2) regarding the extent of the MOD’s duty of care under Article 2 to soldiers on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dominic represents victims of historic child abuse in actions against both local authorities and individuals.
He is currently instructed on behalf of a survivors’ group for victims of abuse at a Scottish Benedictine School, and appeared at the three week IICSA hearing into the English Benedictine Congregations.
As a former Regular Army officer he has a particular interest and expertise in cases involving the military and national security issues. Dominic is security cleared.
He has been instructed by the MOD in a number of cases brought on behalf of injured or killed servicemen alleging breach of their Article 2 rights. Dominic was led by David Evans QC in the lead test cases for the application of negligence to combat operations following the decision of the Supreme Court in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence (No 2) regarding the extent of the MOD’s duty of care under Article 2 to soldiers on operations.
Dominic represents serving and former service personnel in service complaints and civil claims brought against the MOD.
Dominic has also represented individual claimants (and their families) in a number of claims brought against a variety of state bodies alleging breach of their Article 2 and Article 3 rights.
Dominic is building an immigration practice, and has represented both applicants seeking leave to remain and also the Home Secretary in immigration proceedings before both the Immigration Appeal Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.
Dominic represents claimants in cases against local authorities and other public bodies relating to breach of confidence, misuse of private information and breach of the Data Protection Act. He also advises clients regarding the implementation of GDPR.
Dominic represents both employers and employees in disciplinary and employment proceedings.
As well as representing claimants and defendants at the Employment Tribunal, Dominic has appeared before the GMC, and representing a potentially affected person at an Army Board of Inquiry into alleged discrimination and mismanagement. Dominic’s military experience gives him a particular insight into representing claimants and defendants in cases involving service complaints and employment claims brought against the MOD.
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