Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury


Chambers & Partners 2015


Clinical Negligence

THE SET A well-respected chambers with a strong claimant-focused practice that takes in a range of healthcare law matters, including regulatory work and Human Rights Act cases. Members handle cases of every value and complexity, and have notable experience in claims concerning hospital-acquired infection, adult and child abuse, and product liability. 

SILKS Robin Oppenheim QC Specialises in high-value catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, as well as meningococcal disease litigation. Commentators praise him for his far-reaching knowledge of the law and his expertise on questions of quantum. Expertise: "He's compassionate and astute, and his analysis of difficult causation arguments is almost unsurpassed. He presents a calm and confident air which gives clients great confidence in his ability."  

JUNIORS Christopher Hough Highly regarded claimant barrister who concentrates on high-value matters. Generally speaking his cases are complex in terms of questions of liability, causation and quantum.
Expertise: "He's brilliant on the medicine side and very good at dealing with matters proactively and constructively." One client commented: "He is a really nice gentleman. I met him in my home and he was very professional and didn't make me feel inferior. I am glad I had him on my side." Recent work: Instructed in relation to a cerebral palsy claim arising from the mismanaged delivery of a child against North East Strategic Health Authority. 

Paula Sparks Acts for claimants on a wide range of high-value, complex clinical negligence matters. She is very strong on human rights issues, inquests and fatality claims. Expertise: "Paula has an excellent practical understanding of the medical issues. She gets to grips with the issues very quickly and is compassionate and understanding with clients.

Gerwyn Samuel  highly knowledgeable claimant practitioner who is appreciated for his expert knowledge of quantum issues and noted for his inquest work. A large proportion of his cases concern brain and spinal cord injuries resulting from negligent surgery.Expertise: "An excellent senior junior who's thorough, tenacious and very accessible." Recent work: Assisted on a claim by a 68-year-old man who was left an incomplete paraplegic after undergoing negligent spinal surgery at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. 

The team is recognised as a leading set by Chambers & Partners in the fields of clinical negligence, personal injury and product liability.

Personal Injury

THE SET This claimant set offers complete personal injury coverage, and its members are regularly instructed in cases which range from fast-track personal injury work to catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. Commentators are quick to praise the "efficient and friendly" service provided by its clerking team, which is mirrored by the "vigour and intellectual heft" exhibited by its advocates.

SILKS Robin Oppenheim QC Centres his practice on serious accident claims, including severe brain and spinal injuries arising from RTAs. He is sought after for his knowledge of quantum and periodical payment, and is good on the technical law surrounding mental capacity. Expertise: "He prepares cases wonderfully and manages to master even the most difficult legal cases." "A supremely intelligent clinical negligence/product liability silk with a great eye for detail.

JUNIORS Daniel Bennett Previously worked as a solicitor at a leading claimant-side personal injury firm. He demonstrates great ability in both industrial disease and workplace injury cases, and handles niche areas such as claims arising out of occupational cancer and workplace assault. Expertise: "Extremely knowledgeable when it comes to disease-type work and at the forefront of hospital-acquired disease issues." "He's immensely hard-working and immensely proactive.Recent work: Instructed in Cain v Blackmoor Estate, an employers' liability claim regarding the death of a worker from exposure to a nitrogen cooling system.

Gerwyn Samuel's Recognised for his skilful handling of complex personal injury claims, Samuel is a true force to be reckoned with at the junior Bar. He is often instructed to handle inquests, RTAs and accident at work matters.Expertise: "A hard-working, well-prepared and tenacious advocate, who regularly competes against silks." "Thorough and analytical, he's not afraid to push the boundaries to get the best for the client." Recent work: Instructed in a catastrophic neurological injury claim where the claimant had fallen from a roof. The claim settled for a lump sum and PPO of £3 million.

Maria Roche Specialises in psychiatric injury and extraordinary rendition and torture claims. Expertise: "Deals with cases in a way that would suggest she is more senior. She has a fantastic grip on all the detail." "She's very bright, assiduous, thorough and intellectually capable.Recent work: Counsel in a high-profile rendition/torture claim brought against members of the UK government and secret services. The case concerned a Libyan politician and his wife, who had allegedly suffered serious physical and psychiatric injuries. 

David Haines Advises claimants and defendants on a wide range of work, with a particular focus on workplace injury and occupational diseases. Expertise: “He is very good at engaging clients.” “He is very approachable and won't mind doing the extra work. " 


Legal 500 2014


Doughty Street Chambers houses ‘approachable' barristers, who are ‘prepared to push boundaries to achieve the best results for their clients'.

Robin Oppenheim QC "An intellectual heavyweight with amazing attention to detail.'  Christopher Hough "has a wealth of experience and a cool head." and Gerwyn Samuel has "An eye for detail that is second to none.". Paula Sparks ‘Exceptionally good with clients, particularly in her handling of sensitive issues.'

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