No other set of chambers has greater breadth or depth of experience in health law.

The range of work covers not only Clinical Negligence and Inquests & Coroners, but also:

  • Pharmaceutical and other medical product liability
  • Mental health law, both before the MHRT and on judicial reviews of its decisions
  • Medical tribunal work
  • Cases involving ethical questions such as consent to treatment
  • Cases involving questions of confidentiality
  • Hospital reconfiguration challenges
  • Access to specific treatments or drugs under the NHS, and challenges to their refusal
  • Challenges to contractual terms imposed on GPs and dentists

In support of this practice area, we have a 24-hour emergency service to address such urgent matters as consent for treatment and injunctions concerning access to hospitals e.g. to protect hospital or healthcare staff.

Notable cases include:

  • ABC v St George’s NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 336: Duty of doctors to inform a family member against patient’s wishes after diagnosis of Huntingdon’s disease.
  • Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 215: Liability of NHS hospital receptionists.
  • Keep Wythenshaw Special v NHS Central Manchester CCG [2016] EWHC: Reconfiguration of hospital services in the Greater Manchester Area.
  • R (AM) v GMC [2015] EWHC 2096]: Right to choose manner of death/assisted suicide.
  • Winspear v City Hospitals Sunderland NHS FT [2016] QB 691: Advance decision regarding resuscitation in respect of person lacking capacity.
  • Stevens v University of Birmingham [2017] ICR 96 [2016] 4 All ER 258: Doctor’s disciplinary proceedings and contractual obligations.
  • Whitston (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] 1 Costs LR 35: LASPO changes to mesothelioma claims.
  • Tracey v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2015] QB 543: Do not resuscitate orders.
  • R (BDA) v General Dental Council [2014] EWHC 4311: Annual retention fee for dentists.
  • R (JF) v NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group [2014] EWHC 1345 (Admin): Ccommunity care and provision in hospital.
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