John Gimlette has a strong civil practice focused on personal injury and clinical negligence. He remains recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading junior, recently described in the as “a wonderfully wise barrister who has a particularly attractive way of drafting pleadings.”

In the clinical negligence sphere, John has experience going back over 20 years. His practice has always included work for both claimants and defendants. The claims that he’s now involved in tend to be in the middle- to high- value range, and often involve complex or catastrophic injuries. He has experience of a wide range of medical conditions, and, in recent times, these have included perinatal hypoxia, chronic kidney disease, catastrophic brain injury (e.g following both unrecognised septicaemia and untreated hypotension), extensive bowel injury, spinal insult, and chronic venous insufficiency (after a failure to diagnose a DVT).

In a related field, John has also recently been instructed by the NHS in a substantial claim against an optometrist in respect of alleged overcharging. A significant six-figure sum was recovered.

On the personal injury side, John has experience going back over 30 years. The claims have been wide-ranging in their scope and value, covering accidents ranging from RTAs to injuries at work.  In recent times, his cases have included claims in respect of industrial accidents and assault, and a number of ‘subtle brain injury’ claims.

John also has considerable experience of the wider costs implications of litigation, particularly in the area of public funding (where he developed a degree of specialist expertise on the issue of costs against the Legal Aid authorities. This involved him in five appearances before the Court of Appeal and one before the Supreme Court).

John is also the editor of two sections of Butterworths Civil Court Precedents (tort and compromise).

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