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.

In 2020 we were named ‘Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence Set of the Year’ 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.

“‘Undoubtedly one of the top sets for clinical negligence work in the country’, 1 Crown Office Row is a highly reputable set which houses a strong bench of seasoned clinical negligence experts at both senior and junior level. Members have experience handling high-value wrongful birth, catastrophic brain injury, cerebral palsy and surgical error claims, and are regularly instructed in the market’s most high-profile cases. The set represents a wide range of clients, including several NHS trusts, insurers and private hospitals, as well as both privately and publicly funded claimants. Instructing solicitors praise the set’s “breadth of experience,” adding that the barristers are all “amazingly intellectual but also very approachable and down to earth.”

“The clerking is brilliant – the team is really well organised and you feel like you’re in a safe pair of hands.” “The clerks are highly efficient, helpful and friendly.” “The set has fantastic clerks who know how to solve all problems. They just get it and they really understand the needs of vulnerable clients. They’re all very professional and caring.” “The clerking is efficient and reliable. If there are any issues they are flagged up as soon as they are known and  options are provided.” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Band 1)

“1 Crown Office Row remains ‘the go-to set for medical negligence cases‘, fielding ‘an ever-growing pool of excellent barristers to choose from at all levels‘. The set ‘offers a diverse range of skills and experience‘, making it a first-choice for a wide range of clients in relation to high profile multi-party claims and precedent-setting cases.” (Legal 500 2019, Tier 1)

Matthew Phipps 1COR

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