Christopher Johnson

c.johnson@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Call

2014
Christopher Johnson
Profile

Christopher has a broad civil practice with a particular focus on medical/healthcare disputes and complex personal injury disputes.

 

He has amassed considerable oral advocacy experience, including Multi Track trials, Fast Track trials, interlocutory hearings in the High Court, and applications in the Court of Protection.

 

Outside of law, Christopher is a supporter of Manchester United football club and an avid cyclist, racing regularly on the road and in the velodrome for Islington Cycling Club.

Personal Injury

Christopher is particularly interested in personal injury disputes with a technical and/or international component. This reflects a background in professional negligence and his experience in private international law (including working as a research assistant on a practitioner text in the field).

Noise-induced hearing loss

Christopher is regularly instructed on behalf of claimants in claims for noise-induced hearing loss.

Two recent cases were:

  • A two day Multi Track trial, with issues including limitation (s14 and s33), breach of duty, causation, de minimis and quantum.
  • A one day trial on the issue of limitation (s14 and s33) only.

Christopher is familiar with the technical aspects of NIHL claims and has cross examined prominent experts in the field, most recently Phillip Jones.

Christopher co-authored an article with Theo Huckle QC on the de minimis argument in claims for NIHL. A copy can be found here

Mesothelioma

Christopher is continuing to gain experience in mesothelioma litigation.

He was recently instructed as junior counsel to Theo Huckle QC in the case of Myall v Ministry of Defence & Anor [2017] EWHC 1752 (QB), a successful High Court appeal against the decision of a Master on various interlocutory points. The claim settled for a substantial sum shortly after.

Christopher also has experience appearing as sole counsel in interlocutory matters in mesothelioma claims, most recently a CMC where he was able to obtain an order for disclosure by the defendant of its insurance history during the period of the claimant’s employment.

Christopher recently co-authored an article on low-exposure mesothelioma claims. A copy can be found here.

Sexual abuse

Christopher has provided advice in writing and in conference in relation to numerous abuse claims. These have included:

  • Advising on s33 of the Limitation Act 1980 in relation to a claim for historic sexual abuse made against a local authority and the MOJ.
  • Advising on the viability of a failure to remove claim against a local authority.
  • Advising on the admissibility and potential impact of medical evidence.

Road traffic accidents and other miscellaneous personal injury matters

In addition to his complex personal injury work, Christopher accepts instructions in relation to RTAs and other miscellaneous personal injury matters. These include:

  • Fast Track trials;
  • Small Claims Track final hearings;
  • Infant Settlement hearings;
  • RTA Portal Stage 3 hearings.

Christopher’s recent Fast Track trial experience includes:

  • A claim against a local authority in relation to injuries sustained tripping on broken paving;
  • Acting for the claimant in a claim for injuries sustained in an RTA, where the defendants had made allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty.

Clinical Negligence

Christopher has experience drafting pleadings and preparing written advice in a variety of clinical negligence matters. By way of example, recent cases in which he has been involved include:

  • A claim for psychiatric injury suffered by a mother as a result of the negligently premature birth of her son;
  • A claim for debilitating injuries to a child caused by hypoxia resulting from inappropriate treatment by ambulance staff;
  • A claim for general damages for facial scarring suffered by a prison inmate as a result of the delayed treatment of his fractured jaw;
  • A claim for damages pursuant to the Fatal Accidents Act and for breach of Article 2 ECHR arising from the suicide of a mental health patient being treated in the community.

Inquests

Christopher is interested in all types of inquest work. Because of his other areas of expertise, he is particularly suited to inquests into deaths following medical treatment, or deaths resulting from mental illness. Recent instructions include:

  • Instructed in the pre-inquest review hearing for an inquest into the death of a child from liver failure following his inappropriate discharge from hospital.
  • Instructed in the pre-inquest review hearing for an inquest into the death of a child from sepsis with complex causation.

Court of Protection and Mental Health

Court of Protection

Christopher is regularly instructed by various local authorities to appear in s21A MCA applications. Issues have included: whether or not to instruct an expert witness to opine on capacity, and who should pay for such an opinion; sanctions for non-compliance with a court order by a local authority; and best interests in relation to residence.

Given his other areas of expertise, Christopher is well suited to applications relating to serious medical treatment for protected parties.

Mental Health Review Tribunal

Christopher has experience of appearing before the Mental Health Review Tribunal in appeals against section.

His most recent case spanned two days and heard evidence from numerous professionals including two psychiatrists.

Costs (including Cost Budgets)

Christopher has experience of cost budgeting across his main areas of practice. By way of example, recent instructions include:

  • To appear for the claimant at a CCMC in relation to a noise induced hearing loss claim made against five defendants.
  • An application before a High Court Master to amend the cost budget of a claimant in a clinical negligence dispute.

Education

BA (Hons), Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

LLM, Comparative, European and International Laws, European University Institute

 

Scholarships and Awards

Lizette Bentwich Prize (Trinity College, Cambridge, 2012)

Exhibition Award (Inner Temple, 2014)

Hollond Fund Travelling Studentship (Trinity College, Cambridge, 2015)

 

Professional Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Publications

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