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Chris Hough specialises in clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury and solicitors’ negligence in the handling of PI/clinical negligence claims.

Chris is the author of ‘A Pedaller to Peking’ and a chapter(s) contributor to APIL Personal Injury and PNBA Handbook on Personal Injury Law.

Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

About 80-90% of his work is claimant clinical negligence. He specialises in high value cases, usually with multiple experts in relation to liability, causation and quantum.

He is recommended for clinical negligence in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. He is a regular speaker at seminars and at solicitors training, and contributes 4 chapters t the APIL Personal Injury Law Practice and Procedure. He has written many articles for Clinical Risk and other similar journals.

Over the last few years, he has won damages for clients at an annual rate of about £35 million,

Recent/current cases include:

  • G v Sunderland City Hospitals Trust [2012] Cerebral palsy claim in which maternal infection/chorioamnionitis caused PVL. Highly complex causation argument based on timing of damage (clinical or histological chorioamninonitis). Claimant recovered 65% of claim (damages to be assessed). Instructed by Ben Hoare Bell
  • Melvin v Newcastle General Hospital NHS Trust [2011]  Failure to diagnose and decompress spinal tumour leading to tetraplegia with a need fo 24 hour care, accommodation and aids. Claims settled for £1.25 m lump sum with a PPO of £90,000 pa (instructed by Ben Hoare Bell)
  • J v Homerton Hospitals NHS trust [2010]  gentamicin related deafness causing behavioural difficulties, learning disorder. Claim settled for £1.37 million with a lump sum of £110,000 pa (£4.75 million if capitalised) Instructed by Leigh Day.
  • Slevin v London Strategic Health Authority 2009 Cerebral palsy claim settled for £2.35 million lump sum plus £247,500 pa periodical payments (instructed by Leigh Day)
  • Naughton v North East Strategic Health Authority 2009. Negligent management of delivery leading to cerebral palsy. Claim settled for £1.7 million plus £125,000 pa periodical payments (instructed by Ben Hoare Bell)
  • Potts v City Hospital Sunderland NHS Trust 2009. Cerebral palsy claim settled for lump sum of £1.33 million plus periodical payments rising to £150,000 pa (instructed by Ben Hoare Bell)
  • Patmore v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust continuing. Bilateral leg amputation at upper leg. Instructed by Irwin Mitchell.
  • Franks v Northampton General NHS Trust 2009 Amputation following negligent management of MRSA. Claim settled for £850,000. Instructed by Leigh Day.

Reported cases:

  • Hardman v Amin 2000 Ll Med 498. The first case post-Macfarlane to consider the right to recover costs relating to disability in a wrongful birth case.;
  • Groom v Selby 2001 Ll Med, Court of Appeal considering right to recover damages in wrongful birth claim;
  • Harrild v MOD 2000 Ll Med, meaning of section 14 of the Limitation Act in clinical negligence claim.
  • Instructed by APIL to draft written submissions in Heil v Rankin 2000 3 WLR.
  • Chapter editor in APIL “Personal Injury, Law, Practice and Procedure”
Solicitors' Negligence and Professional Liability

Chris is asked to advise clients who have to sue their former solicitors for the mishandling of clinical negligence or personal injury claims.

He is instructed in about 3-4 such cases a year. They have all settled favourably.