We currently have a formidable bench of silks and impressive number of experienced senior juniors in the 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 Contaminated Blood Inquiry, 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 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.

“1 Crown Office Row is a leading clinical negligence set, replete with silks and juniors experienced in the sector. Interviewees hail its “unparalleled depth and breadth of clinical negligence barristers.” Members are held in high regard for their handling of complex cases and their portfolio of high-profile wins. They take on an impressive range of instructions for claimants and defendants, and regularly tackle cases relating to brain damage, spinal cord injuries and amputations. They are also regularly to be seen representing medical professionals in GMC and GDC hearings.” (Chambers & Partners 2018, only set ranked in Band 1)

“One Crown Office Row is “a superb set with true quality running through the whole range of counsel” and “a number of leading silks and juniors handling clinical negligence work”. The “exceptional” chambers is experienced in the full range of cases, including claims arising from failure to diagnose, avoidable amputations, catastrophic brain and spinal injury, and the delayed diagnosis of cancer.” (Legal 500 2017, Tier 1)

Matthew Phipps 1COR

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