Clinical Negligence

Jim has significant experience of clinical negligence claims, and is regularly instructed on behalf of patients and their families as well as by healthcare trusts and medical defence organisations. He has a particular interest in consent cases and in material contribution issues. He is advising on a number of cases relating to developmental dysplasia of the hips.

Selected Cases

  • CN & GN v Poole BC[2019] UKSC 25: UK Supreme Court considered the extent to which local authorities and their employees owe a common law duty to protect children from harm caused by third parties.
  • Appeared (unled) on behalf of an NHS Trust in the trial of a £1m cervical cancer claim.
  • ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust: Acted as junior counsel to Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Henry Witcomb QC in the Court of Appeal in an important case on consent and confidentiality obligations in relation to genetic conditions.
  • Junior counsel for the Defendant in a high value spinal cord injury case.
  • Represented an NHS Trust in defending a complex case concerning a failure to detect a cancerous lesion on the brain.
  • Defended a GP accused of failing to diagnose a cerebral infarction.
  • Advised the claimant on limitation in a claim relating to delayed diagnosis of skin cancer.
  • Defended a dentist in a periodontal disease case.
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