39 Essex Chambers has been at the forefront of medical treatment and right-to-die cases for many years, with members being involved in many of the recent landmark judgments including R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice, Tracey v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Aintree Hospital NHS Trust v James. The specialist medical treatment group consists of over 20 barristers with an array of expertise and experience. These members also form part of the Court of Protection group who are praised by Chambers and Partners as being “widely regarded as…the biggest and best health and welfare team in London or anywhere else”.
Members have written and contributed to many of the leading textbooks in this field, including the leading practitioners’ text “Court of Protection Practice”, and regularly speak at cutting-edge lectures and conferences. Our expertise is supplemented by an unparalleled breadth and depth of practice areas including public law, human rights, clinical negligence, inquests, privacy & media issues, regulatory and disciplinary law. Members frequently act on behalf of NHS bodies, family members, professional bodies and the Official Solicitor.
Chambers is acutely aware that difficulties and disputes in the context of medical treatment often arise outside the standard working day. We are proud to offer a 24 hour service to assist in urgent cases, whether by way of advice or representation at out-of-hours hearings. We are confident that, given the range of experience and expertise within the group, we will be able to provide assistance in the most appropriate way to resolve disputes and seek court orders as necessary. Chambers has uniquely close links with medical mediation services and offers a number of members who are themselves trained mediators.
Should you need out-of-hours assistance, the details for the relevant clerks are below. Please feel free to call at any time should you wish to discuss a potential case with one of the group.
Peter Campbell – Senior Practice Manager – +44 (0)7725 758 264
Sheraton Doyle – Senior Practice Manager – +44 (0)7921 880 670
Michael Kaplan – Senior Clerk – +44 (0)7775 997 230
Main switchboard number – +44 (0)20 7832 1111
To view a list of noteworthy cases covering topics such as the provision of medical treatment, pregnancy, termination and contraception, end of life, deprivation of liberty, capacity and HCHR, that our members have been involved in, please click here.
Peter Campbell is the Senior Practice Manager for the Medical Treatment team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.
Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1124
Call: 1991 Silk: 2011
Call: 1990 Silk: 2012
Call: 1996 Silk: 2013
Call: 1998 Silk: 2015