1COR Seminar: Pitfalls for Professionals on Social Media - May 2023
Robert Kellar KC’s areas of specialism include Clinical Negligence, Professional Discipline and Regulation, Healthcare, Public & Administrative Law and Human Rights, Personal Injury, Employment Law and Inquests.
He has been recommended by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for many years as a leading practitioner.Clinical Negligence
He acts for both claimants and major healthcare institutions in all types of clinical negligence claim. He has particular experience in complex, multi-party and high value litigation.
‘Always provides balanced and pragmatic advice and knows how to get the best out of the medical experts.’ (Legal 500, 2021)
“Pragmatic and calm.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)
“He is able to unpick complex issues and provide very straight forward advice.” (Legal 500, 2020)
“Very strong court advocate and a good strategic thinker.” (Legal 500, 2018)
“He is very approachable and gives excellent practical advice.” (Legal 500 2017)
“He is an extremely bright and forceful advocate, who commands authority in court.” (Legal 500 2016)
“He is very personable with clients and turns around complicated written work quickly.” (Legal 500 2015)
“A total team player.” (Legal 500 2015)
- Chapman v. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2020)
- Lucy Diamond v. Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 585
- Various Claimant v. (1) Ian Paterson (2) SPIRE Healthcare (3) Heart of England NHS Trust
- Desmond Muller v. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 128 (QB)  2 WLR 1595
- Bain v Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust (HHJ Seymour QC, Lawtel 12/02/15).
- Bradbury & Ors v (1) Ian Paterson (2) Spire Healthcare (3) Heart of England NHS Trust  EWHC 3992 (QB).
Robert acts for doctors, dentists, nurses and other regulated professionals in all types of regulatory and disciplinary case. He has also been instructed in high profile judicial reviews and appeals to the higher courts. Robert also advises healthcare providers, organisations and individual practitioners in relation to a range of legal issues arising from the provision of healthcare.
‘Rob has been exemplary – he got to grips with the papers quickly, has provided excellent tactical advice.’ (Legal 500, 2021)
“Always very thorough and detailed, and very approachable too.” (Legal 500 2017)
“A very tough opponent, who thinks well on his feet.” (Legal 500 2016)
“Recommended for his experience acting for health professionals.” (Legal 500 2015)
“A very good all-round advocate, with a clear drafting style and robust but convincing style in Court.” (Legal 500 2015)
- Young v. General Medical Council (2020): Challenge to GMC's decision to open investigation into alleged historic misconduct.
- Re BCAM (2020-21): Advised British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) on impact of COVID-19.
- Raychaudhuri v. General Medical Council  EWCA Civ 2027
- General Medical Council v. Raychaudhuri  EWHC 3216
- Oyessanya v. General Medical Council  EWHC 2825 (Admin
- Chaudhuri v. General Medical Council  EWHC 6621 (Admin)
- D v. General Medical Council  EWHC 2839 (Admin)
- Rycroft v. Royal Pharmaceutical Council  EWHC 2832 (Admin)
- Yeong v. General Medical Council  EWHC 1923 (Admin)
Robert has extensive experience in cases involving public law, administrative law and human rights. He regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal in such cases. He acts for both claimants and defendants including major government departments.
Prior to taking silk, Robert was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of counsel.
“Hardworking, conscientious and flexible.” (Legal 500, 2021)
“Able to take on the most complex cases and can turn his hand to any aspect of public law.” (Legal 500, 2018)
“An exceptional talent.” (Legal 500 2017)
“Extremely persuasive, charming and affable.” (Legal 500 2016)
“An astute and skilful advocate.” (Legal 500 2015)
“Affable, polished and has good judgment.” (Legal 500 2015)
- R (on the application of FTH) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 494
- MA v. Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1502 (Admin)
- SB (Afghanistan)v. The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 215]
- Wamala v. Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 363
- Rosa v. Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 14
- AN (Afghanistan) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 684
Robert is instructed by both claimants and defendants in complex, high value and multi-party claims for personal injury. Robert is also instructed in high profile cases involving allegations of historic sexual abuse.
“Pragmatic and calm” (Chambers and Partners, 2020)
“He is brilliant at every stage of a case” (Chambers and Partners, 2019)
“Detailed and gives good practical advice. He was clear in advising clients while also being sensitive given the nature of the cases.” “Calm and can make what might seem complicated simple.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
“I find him very easy to deal with, very pragmatic and a good communicator. He always turns things around on time.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)
“He is analytical and his advice is short and succinct in manner”. “He is very knowledgeable and will put cases together very quickly for you” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“Excellent courtroom skills” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
Robert has considerable experience of providing advice and representation in cases involving employment law, regulatory and disciplinary issues. He is instructed by both employers and employees.
Robert has extensive experience in inquests and coronial law. He has experience in representing a wide range of interested persons including families, healthcare providers and government departments.
Robert accepts Direct Access instruction in suitable cases, to find out more visit his profile here.
Robert Kellar KC successful in Court of Appeal: Dentist mixing NHS and private treatment not dishonest - May 2023
On 5 May 2023, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in General Dental Council v. Williams. The Court of Appeal held that the NHS Contracts Regulations did not prevent dentists from charging a...
Law Pod UK Ep. 171: What type of property is crypto? With Rob Kellar KC - Nov 2022
What type of legal property is cryptocurrency? How might the law deal with NFTs? Do any of these new assets require lawyers? Dive into the future with Rosalind English and Robert Kellar KC, as they...
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Winter 2021/2022 – Issue 11 - May 2022
Welcome to the eleventh issue of the QMLR, brought to you by the barristers at 1 Crown Office Row to update you on developments in Winter 2021/2022. Download the Winter 2021/2022 newsletter here:...
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Summer/Autumn 2021 – Issue 10 - Jan 2022
Welcome to the tenth issue of the QMLR, brought to you by the barristers at 1 Crown Office Row to update you on developments in Summer and Autumn 2021. Download the Summer/Autumn 2021 newsletter...
Law Pod UK Ep. 151: Healthcare Regulation Reform in the UK - Nov 2021
In the latest Episode of Law Pod UK Rosalind English talks to Robert Kellar QC of 1 Crown Office row about the proposed reforms to the regulation of doctors, nurses, opticians, chiropractors and a...
Wrongful Birth Claims: Theory, Law and Practice Webinar - Oct 2021
Join a stellar line up of speakers for an afternoon discussing wrongful birth claims, including a case law update, costs and more on 21st October 2021 from 2-5pm on Teams. This event is accredited for...
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Spring 2021 – Issue 9 - Jul 2021
Welcome to the ninth issue of the Quarterly Medical Law Review, brought to you by the barristers at 1 Crown Office Row. Download the Spring 2021 newsletter here: 1COR Quarterly Medical Law...
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Autumn 2020 – Issue 7 - Feb 2021
Welcome to the seventh issue of the Quarterly Medical Law Review, brought to you by the barristers at 1 Crown Office Row. This issue was unfortunately somewhat delayed but covers developments in...
Law Pod UK Ep. 130: AI in Healthcare with Robert Kellar QC - Nov 2020
Artificial intelligence (AI) aims to mimic human cognitive functions. It is bringing a paradigm shift to healthcare, powered by increasing availability of healthcare data and rapid progress of...
1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Summer 2020 – Issue 6 - Sep 2020
Welcome to the sixth issue of the Quarterly Medical Law Review, brought to you by the barristers at 1 Crown Office Row. Download the Summer 2020 newsletter here: 1COR QMLR - Summer 2020 - Issue 6 ...
Have you read the latest AvMA Newsletter featuring Sarabjit Singh QC, Robert Kellar QC & Dominic Ruck Keene? - Jun 2020
In the latest AvMA Newsletter, Sarabjit Singh QC, Robert Kellar QC & Dominic Ruck Keene examine key cases, themes and implications during COVID-19 for medical negligence cases. Get the...
LawPod UK Ep. 106: Vicarious Liability with Robert Kellar QC & Isabel McArdle - Apr 2020
The Supreme Court has recently handed down two judgments rejecting vicarious liability of employers for the wrong doing of of an employee on the one hand, and an independent contractor on the other....
Robert Kellar QC successful in Article 8 ECHR case before Court of Appeal - Apr 2020
Robert Kellar QC represented the Home Office successfully in Secretary of State for the Home Department v. FTH  EWCA Civ 494. Judgment was handed down by the Court on 6 April 2020. The case...
Lizanne Gumbel QC & Rob Kellar QC in Supreme Court case on vicarious liability - Apr 2020
Today, 1st April 2020, the Supreme Court has handed down judgment in Barclays Bank v Various Claimants  UKSC 13. This is an important decision clarifying the scope of vicarious liability for...
In Conversation With…Robert Kellar QC and Edite Ligere on “Artificial Intelligence, Real Headache?” - Mar 2020
On 5th March 2020 DWF are hosting a breakfast seminar 'In Conversation With...' Robert Kellar QC and Edite Ligere sharing their expert observations on Artificial Intelligence in healthcare. AI is...
Scope of Duty and Causation: Chester v Afshar Revisited in Leeds - Feb 2020
Join us for an afternoon debating the scope of duty and causation in medical claims based on Chester v Afshar  1 AC 134, which have come to the fore in recent cases (which we have also acted in)...
The 1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Autumn 2019 – Issue 3 - Dec 2019
Welcome to the third issue of the Quarterly Medical Law Review, brought to you by barristers at 1 Crown Office Row. This quarterly publication aims to provide summaries and comment on recent cases...
Lizanne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar QC in Supreme Court case on Vicarious Liability: Barclays Bank v Various Claimants - Nov 2019
Lizanne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar QC appeared before the Supreme Court on 28 November 2019 in an important case concerning the scope of vicarious liability for personal injury in Barclays Bank v...
Scope of Duty and Causation: Chester v Afshar Revisited - Jun 2019
Join us for an evening looking at scope of duty and causation in medical claims based on Chester v Afshar  1 AC 134, which have come to the fore in recent cases such as Pomphrey v Secretary of...
Congratulations to Neil Sheldon QC & Robert Kellar QC on taking silk today - Mar 2019
Today, 11th March 2019, is the day for QCs to be appointed and we are looking forward to celebrating Neil Sheldon and Robert Kellar taking silk. Accompanied by their families and Senior and First...
Congratulations to new silks Neil Sheldon and Robert Kellar - Jan 2019
1COR are proud to announce that Robert Kellar and Neil Sheldon have been successful in their applications to Silk. We offer our warmest congratulations to them both on being appointed Queen's...
Richard Booth QC and Robert Kellar to speak at MBL Clinical Negligence 2018 Conference - Nov 2018
We are delighted that Richard Booth QC has been asked to speak at the annual Management, Business, Law (MBL) Clinical Negligence Conference on 28th November 2018 along with Robert Kellar. The popular,...
The End, the Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning: Erasure, Remediation and Rights of Appeal in Disciplinary Proceedings - Nov 2018
This seminar, with opening remarks from Richard Booth QC and chaired by Clodagh Bradley QC, will look at Erasure, Remediation and Rights of Appeal relating to professional discipline and regulatory...
The Liability of Private Hospitals & Clinics: Lessons from the Paterson Litigation - Nov 2018
This seminar will look at developments in the law relating to vicarious liability following the Paterson Litigation. A hypothetical case study will be debated between a claimant and defendant team of...
Robert Kellar and Michael Deacon overturn dishonesty finding against doctor in Court of Appeal - Sep 2018
Robert Kellar has successfully defended a paediatrician in proceedings brought by the GMC alleging him to have been dishonest in the way he prepared notes of a patient consultation and in relation to...
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar win in the Court of Appeal regarding an employer’s vicarious liability in Barclays Bank v Various Claimants - Jul 2018
Lizanne Gumbel QC is leading Robert Kellar in this ongoing group litigation, concerning the vicarious liability of a bank for sexual assaults committed by a now deceased doctor during medical...
30th AvMA Clinical Negligence Conference - Jun 2018
1COR are delighted to take part in the 30th AvMA Clinical Negligence Conference at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Listen our members speak at the conference (details below) and visit us at stand 36. ...
The Liability of Private Hospitals and Clinics - Feb 2018
Lessons from the Paterson Litigation: Developments in the law relating to vicarious liability. Dame Christina Lambert chairs a panel of 1COR members who will discuss developments in the law...
Robert Kellar succeeds before Lord Chief Justice in challenge to Home Office injunction - Feb 2018
Robert Kellar appeared before the Court of Appeal in a challenge to orders by 3 High Court Judges requiring the Home Office to stay removal and return an asylum seeker from Afghanistan. The Court gave...
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar win preliminary issue on vicarious liability in the High Court - Sep 2017
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC is leading Robert Kellar in this ongoing group litigation acting for 126 claimants, who have instructed both Slater and Gordon and Shaw & Co, and are seeking damages...
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar succeed in establishing vicarious liability of bank for sexual assaults - Aug 2017
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar were successful in establishing that Barclay's bank were vicariously liable for any sexual assaults committed by a GP in the course of pre-employment health...
Paterson case listed in The Lawyer top 20 cases for 2017 - Jan 2017
The Paterson breast surgery litigation has been identified by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 legal cases for 2017. The Claimants are represented by a team from 1 COR including Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel...
New appointments to the Attorney General’s A and C Panels - Feb 2014
We are delighted to announce the following new appointments to the Attorney General's Panels - Peter Skelton, Robert Kellar and Sarabjit Singh to the A Panel and Isabel McArdle and Alasdair Henderson...
Robert Kellar in High Court ruling that General Medical Council is too late with child sex abuse complaint - Sep 2013
Robert Kellar represented the Doctor in the case of D,R (on the application of) v General Medical Council. In this case the High Court affirmed the prohibition against the pursuit of long delayed...
Members Appointed to the Legal Services Board External Panel of Legal Advisors - Dec 2012
We are pleased to announce that Philip Havers QC, Robert Kellar, Alasdair Henderson and Karwan Eskerie have all been appointed to the Legal Services Board (LSB) External Panel of Legal Advisors. One...
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2012 - Feb 2012