Sydney Chawatama judges at the 2022 Monroe E Price Media Law Moot Court Competition - May 2022
Sydney has appeared regularly at inquests mainly on behalf of families and also on behalf of NHS Trusts and defence organisations representing GPs and practice managers. Has experience of enhanced and jury inquests.
- Re O (2023): Railway suicide of a teenager who had been suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness of a fluid and transient nature. Inquest explored whether Social and mental health services missed opportunities to review their strategies. Though there were missed opportunities, it was speculation as to whether the outcome would have been different and therefore these were not causative.
- Re B (2021): Inquest into the death of a six-year old child with seven Interested Parties focussed on whether the child had died of sepsis or a rare condition known as haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). The Coroner found that death had been caused by HUS. Represented a Paediatrician.
- Re H (2022): Death following elective ileostomy surgery. There followed an apparent bowel obstruction culminating in a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure.
- Re C: a high profile inquest into death of woman following a termination of pregnancy.
- Re S: Six day inquest into death of an elderly woman admitted to hospital from a care home with bronchopneumonia. The care home and GP were interested parties. The Assistant Coroner rejected a conclusion of unlawful killing and did not find neglect. The police had been requested to investigate but found no evidence of any offence. January 2019.
- Re AC: Nine-day inquest into the death of a woman after a late stage (22 weeks) termination of pregnancy at a private day clinic, having travelled from Ireland. Within 30 minutes of her discharge from the clinic, she collapsed and died in a taxi from massive internal bleeding leading to a cardiac arrest. Read more here. April 2018. Acted for family.
- Re B (2017): represented family in inquest concerning the death of a 41 year old woman who died in hospital from (at the time undiagnosed) infective myocarditis, having been admitted just 3 days earlier with suspected pneumonia.
- Re SG (2016): alleged delay in diagnosis and management of sepsis.
- Re X (2015): acted for GP at 3 day inquest. Deceased had learning disabilities. In-quest verdict quashed by consent by High Court.
- Re F Khan (2015): death following a third trimester miscarriage and attempt medical evacuation. Finding of gross failure made by Coroner.
- Re RC (2015): three day inquest.
- Re Alastair Hosie (2010): out of hours missed diagnosis of leg infection resulting in severe sepsis and death.
- Re Baby Abbie (2010): wrongful prescription of diuretic in infant. South Yorkshire Coroner’s Court, Sheffield. 17 day inquest.
- Andrew Smith (2007): five day inquest before a jury at Leicester Coroners Court.
Sydney Chawatama secures result in three recent Sports Law cases - Oct 2020
Recently Sydney Chawatama has represented three athletes before arbitration panels of Sport Resolutions, combining his expertise in medical law and experience in professional discipline. Sydney,...
Sydney Chawatama re-elected to the Bar Council - Oct 2019
Congratulations to Sydney Chawatama on his re-election to the Bar Council to represent self-employed barristers over 7 years in practice. He joins an excellent group of people for a further 3 years,...
Sydney Chawatama FCIArb discusses International Arbitration at the 21st Commonwealth Law Conference 2019 - Apr 2019
We are looking forward to hearing Sydney Chawatama FCIArb speak to delegates at the 21st Commonwealth Law Conference 2019, held this year in Livingstone, Zambia. This conference brings together legal...
Sydney Chawatama joins Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel - Feb 2019
Congratulations to Sydney Chawatama on his appointment to the Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel in February 2019. Sport Resolutions is an independent, not-for-profit, dispute resolution service for...
Sydney Chawatama to participate in ‘It’s ok to talk about race! Experiences to help unlock BAME legal talent’ panel discussion - May 2018
In one month, Sydney Chawatama will speak in a panel to discuss the challenges of improving diversity in the legal profession. Successful businesses recognise the benefits that a more inclusive...
Martin Forde QC and Sydney Chawatama instructed in the inquest into death of a woman after termination of pregnancy - Apr 2018
Aisha Chithira, 31, died after collapsing in a taxi following a late surgical termination of pregnancy at 22 weeks' gestation in a West London clinic on 21st January 2012. She had travelled from...
Sydney Chawatama is appointed to Co-Vice Chair of the Law Reform Committee - Dec 2017
Sydney Chawatama’s commitment and engagement with members has led to him being appointed Co-Vice Chair of the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council, effective in January 2018. The committee...
Delighted to announce Sydney Chawatama is now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Dec 2017
Fellowship is the highest grade of membership offered by the CIArb and is globally recognised as an outstanding achievement. After being awarded a Diploma in International Arbitration by the CIArb in...
Sydney Chawatama elected to the Bar Council for 2017 - Oct 2016
It has just been announced that Sydney Chawatama has been elected to The Bar Council and will begin his tenure in 2017. Sydney was elected for a three year term alongside seven colleagues also...
Sydney Chawatama in a Court of Protection case on the capacity of a woman with mental health problems to have an abortion - May 2013
The woman known as "SB" has a bipolar disorder and planned a pregnancy with her husband. She elected to stop taking her medication which treats her mental health issues, for the health of the unborn...
Philip Havers QC and Sydney Chawatama win in Court of Appeal on a matter of fact in breast cancer claim - Mar 2012
Sydney Chawatama successfully represented a claimant at trial in a clinical negligence case arising from the failure to investigate a breast lump correctly which was later diagnosed as cancerous. ...
Neil Garnham QC and Sydney Chawatama win appeal on mental health patients unlawful detention - Jan 2011
Neil Garnham QC and Sydney Chawatama were instructed by Capsticks to defend East London NHS Foundation Trust in this important case touching upon the right to freedom (TTM v London Borough of Hackney...
Sydney Chawatama defends claim by mental patient released under Habeas Corpus - Jun 2010