We have a formidable bench of silks and impressive number of experienced senior juniors in the clinical negligence team, with many of our younger juniors showing great promise in this important area of law.

Our breadth and depth of experience in this increasingly specialised field enables us to provide objective, careful advice, and expert advocacy in Court.

Although the great majority of our clinical negligence work relates to claims in England and Wales, we are frequently instructed in large claims proceeding in Commonwealth jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Jersey or the Cayman Islands.

We have also been involved in many high profile multi-party claims, such as the Paterson litigation, Rob Jones group action, PIP Breast Implant litigation, M.E.S.H. litigation, Benzodiazepine litigation, Radiation Action Group Exposure (“RAGE”), MMR litigation, the OCP (oral contraceptive) litigation, and public inquiries such as Infected Blood Inquiry, the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Inquiry, the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry and the inquiry arising out of the retention of organs at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey.

We have established ourselves in this field by acting for a wide range of clients. We act for privately and publicly funded Claimants, with diverse interests across the whole medical, dental, and alternative treatment spectrum. Our Defendant clients include hospitals and organisations within the NHS, private hospitals, medical defence organizations and other insurance bodies.

We also believe that our strength in other areas of medical law, such as disciplinary, medical crime, inquests, Court of Protection and public law, gives us a real advantage. We can take a wider view, and provide our clients with advice and representation tailored to the circumstances of the particular case.

We won the award for  ‘Clinical Negligence Set of the Year’ at Chambers Bar Awards 2020 and were named ‘Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Set of the Year 2020’ at the Legal 500 Awards. In 2018 we were awarded the Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Set of the Year by the Legal 500. In 2016 we won the Chambers & Partners Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence set of the year Award.

1 Crown Office Row draws consistent praise from market commentators, who note that it “stands head and shoulders above other sets due to its consistently high levels of service and strong bench of talented individuals.”Members are regularly instructed in the most complex and high-profile cases in the market, and are experienced in the handling of claims relating to injuries of the utmost severity. The team acts for both claimants and defendants, and the set’s enviable client list includes several medical defence organisations, hospitals, insurers and individual doctors. Recent cases handled by the set’s barristers include high-profile multiparty claims such as the PIP Breast Implant litigation and the Ian Paterson litigation, and members also have considerable experience of appearing at inquests and public inquiries.

Instructing solicitors report that “the barristers are all well-versed in medical negligence matters, so you can be confident that whoever you instruct will do a good job,” adding that “the set’s collective experience is second to none.”  “The clerks will go out of their way to help, and they really understand the pressures solicitors are under and always try to accommodate our needs. They’re very approachable and take pride in what they do.” Chambers & Partners 2021

‘1COR are a very reputable and good quality set with a wealth of experienced and respected barristers. Their reputation is well deserved as the go to chambers for PI and clin neg work.’ ‘1 Crown Office Row are a leading set in healthcare defence. Their clerks are excellent and my firm use this set almost on a daily basis. I am well versed with their members and are always on my list when seeking a barrister for a new instruction. They have good depth in service and my firm particularly use them for clinical negligence claims (defence).’

‘1 Crown Office Row is a fantastic set for clinical negligence, Professional Discipline and inquest work. The have excellent juniors and silks who all seem to have brains the size of Britain and everyone at chambers from the tea ladies to the Head of Chambers is a pleasure to work with.’ Legal 500 2021

Matthew Phipps 1COR

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