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.

1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review (QMLR) is an online publication written by our barristers covering the latest developments in medical law. Find previous articles on our Archive website here and subscribe by emailing us at medlaw@1cor.com.

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 1COR are “a top-notch set. The clerks are stellar. Everything runs efficiently and they have responded to the challenges of the pandemic with aplomb. They keep abreast of recent developments and share that knowledge. A joy to work with. My go-to set for clinical negligence.” Legal 500 2022

“1 Crown Office Row is a pre-eminent set for clinical negligence work, both claimant and defendant.” “This chambers has an excellent range of barristers available and this would be one of our go-to sets in this area of law.’”

“I am always very impressed with this chambers. Their clerking service is one of the best and their service continued to be seamless despite the pandemic and the difficulties that brought with it.” 

A “really strong set in the clinical negligence market – everyone is so approachable, incredibly helpful, and will go out of their way to assist.” In Chambers & Partners 2022 “instructing solicitors report that “they are an excellent and very powerful set,” adding: “The breadth and depth of knowledge available within chambers is second to none.”

The clerking service at 1 Crown Office Row is second to none. They are excellent, responsive, extremely personable and nothing is too much trouble. I know my case is in safe hands.”

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