Clinical Negligence Barristers

Clinical Negligence

What our barristers offer

The clinical negligence team at 39 Essex Chambers comprises leading practitioners who are recognised for their expertise in advocacy and advice in the most complex cases. Our barristers have extensive medical and scientific knowledge about every stage of the care process. A number of our barristers joined the Bar from medical or other healthcare backgrounds. This rich vein of combined knowledge enables our members to cover areas such as:

  • diagnostic failure
  • negligent prescription and administration of drugs
  • post-traumatic paramedical care
  • pre-surgical care
  • anaesthesia
  • post-operative care
  • unusual/sensitive consent to treatment
  • issues related to the scope of NHSLA and private indemnity coverage

Who our clinical negligence barristers act for

Our clients range from injured or aggrieved claimants to small or major multinational companies, healthcare insurers, defence organisations (such as the NHSLA), and other government bodies.

Our clinical negligence experience

Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers are instructed in the full range of claims associated with clinical negligence cases, from minor injuries to complex litigation arising from catastrophic injury and death. Our experience covers the whole range of issues in claims. Our barristers have particular expertise in the assessment of quantum in very high value cases, the use of periodical payments and ASHE 6115.

Our barristers have detailed familiarity with the full range of medical and other healthcare practices, including:

  • Obstetrics, paediatrics and maternity care, especially in relation to high-value catastrophic birth injuries
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Dental surgery
  • Hospital medical and surgical specialities
  • General practice
  • Other healthcare professions, such as nursing, midwifery and psychology

The issues surrounding clinical negligence claims extend beyond civil litigation into related areas in which our barristers also have much experience, including:

  • Court of Protection
  • Healthcare regulation
  • Human rights
  •  Inquests
  • Judicial review
  • Public inquiries
  •  Product liability

What the directories say

39 Essex Chambers has been awarded the Chambers & Partners Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Set of the Year on many occasions.

To download the Clinical Negligence capability statement, please click here.

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the Clinical Negligence team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1181


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Christian Du Cann
David Bradly

David Bradly

Call: 1987

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

James Todd

James Todd

Call: 1990

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Caroline Truscott
Camilla Church

Camilla Church

Call: 1998

Romilly Cummerson
Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Sadie Crapper

Sadie Crapper

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Edmund Townsend

Edmund Townsend

Call: 2006

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Emma Corkill

Emma Corkill

Call: 2010

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Rosie Scott

Rosie Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Stephanie David

Stephanie David

Call: 2016

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