1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Summer/Autumn 2021 – Issue 10 - Jan 2022
Robert Kellar QC’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.
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Robert Kellar QC successful in Article 8 ECHR case before Court of Appeal - Apr 2020
Lizanne Gumbel QC & Rob Kellar QC in Supreme Court case on vicarious liability - Apr 2020
In Conversation With…Robert Kellar QC and Edite Ligere on “Artificial Intelligence, Real Headache?” - Mar 2020
Scope of Duty and Causation: Chester v Afshar Revisited in Leeds - Feb 2020
The 1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review – Autumn 2019 – Issue 3 - Dec 2019
Lizanne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar QC in Supreme Court case on Vicarious Liability: Barclays Bank v Various Claimants - Nov 2019
Scope of Duty and Causation: Chester v Afshar Revisited - Jun 2019
Congratulations to Neil Sheldon QC & Robert Kellar QC on taking silk today - Mar 2019
Congratulations to new silks Neil Sheldon and Robert Kellar - Jan 2019
Richard Booth QC and Robert Kellar to speak at MBL Clinical Negligence 2018 Conference - Nov 2018
The End, the Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning: Erasure, Remediation and Rights of Appeal in Disciplinary Proceedings - Nov 2018
The Liability of Private Hospitals & Clinics: Lessons from the Paterson Litigation - Nov 2018
Robert Kellar and Michael Deacon overturn dishonesty finding against doctor in Court of Appeal - Sep 2018
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
30th AvMA Clinical Negligence Conference - Jun 2018
The Liability of Private Hospitals and Clinics - Feb 2018
Robert Kellar succeeds before Lord Chief Justice in challenge to Home Office injunction - Feb 2018
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar win preliminary issue on vicarious liability in the High Court - Sep 2017
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Robert Kellar succeed in establishing vicarious liability of bank for sexual assaults - Aug 2017
Paterson case listed in The Lawyer top 20 cases for 2017 - Jan 2017
New appointments to the Attorney General’s A and C Panels - Feb 2014
Robert Kellar in High Court ruling that General Medical Council is too late with child sex abuse complaint - Sep 2013
Members Appointed to the Legal Services Board External Panel of Legal Advisors - Dec 2012
New Appointments to the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels – February 2012 - Feb 2012