Clinical Negligence

“This leading set attracts vast acclaim for its strength in depth.” “Its expertise ranges from high-value catastrophic injury, birth injury and surgical negligence cases to lower value dental negligence claims. Members represent both claimants and defendants, and undertake an increasing amount of instructions from major defence organisations in South West England and Wales.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2018)


St John’s Chambers is the leading clinical negligence set in the South West with an enviable reputation for the breadth of expertise within this specialist team. We advise and represent clients nationally in the full range of cases, from minor injuries to catastrophic injuries and death.

Our barristers have detailed medical as well as legal knowledge to provide the best possible result in every dispute. We pride ourselves on our sensitive, pragmatic approach to cases, with our clerks providing a professional, friendly service to clients.

We act for both claimants and defendants, and work on behalf of a wide range of clients including private individuals, NHS Trusts and Health Boards, Ambulance Trusts, medical defence organisations, government bodies, and private medical and related institutions.

We advise on all aspects of clinical negligence work including:

  • All cases in which complex issues of medical and legal causation arise
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Surgical negligence
  • Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis claims
  • Obstetric, neonatal and perinatal injuries
  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Coloproctology
  • Oncology
  • Gynaecology
  • Pharmacology and medical product liability claims
  • GP and dental negligence
  • Ophthalmic cases

Members also provide representation at coroners’ inquests in which death has followed medical treatment.

Members are prepared to consider cases on a conditional fee basis.

“The clerking team is described as ‘extremely efficient’. They are modern, corporate and streamlined in their work. You feel like you’re walking into a place of business that means business.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2016)

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.