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

The range of work covers not only Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury 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:

  • CN & GN v Poole BC[2019] UKSC 25: UK Supreme Court considered the extent to which local authorities and their employees owe a common law duty to protect children from harm caused by third parties.
  • ARB (Appellant) v IVF HAMMERSMITH (Respondent) & R (Third Party) (2018): Duty of doctors to inform a family member against patient’s wishes after diagnosis of Huntington’s disease.
  • Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50: Whether A&E receptionists owe a duty of care to patients to inform them correctly as to waiting times.
  • 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.

Recognised as an award winning chambers by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. We were named ‘Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Set of the Year’ at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2019 and are nominated by Chambers & Partners Bar Awards for ‘Clinical Negligence Set of  Year 2019’.

“‘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. Instructing solicitors draw attention to the set’s bench of “excellent barristers,” noting that it houses “a plethora of very able barristers who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get the work done.” 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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