Barrister: Robert Mills
Date: 11th June 2018
Area of Law: Clinical negligence
Summary: Robert represented the Claimant at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The Claimant was awarded the highest general damages award ever reported in a dental negligence case in the sum of £65,000.00. The total damages award was in excess of £160,000.00 which was also the highest ever reported in a dental claim. This was a claim for extensive restorative treatment arising out of a wide range of negligently performed dental treatment.
There were four elements to general damages:
- The loss of nine otherwise healthy teeth.
- 37 unnecessary items of dental treatment including crowns and root canal fillings.
- Occlusal problems such that the Claimant had only three contact points in her mouth and was unable to eat hard foods.
- Psychological injury in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder and specific phobia anxiety relating to dental treatment.
Mrs P ((Widow And Administratrix Of JP, Deceased) For JP And On Behalf Of His Dependants) V Dr P. (2016)
Barrister: Tom Leeper
Area of Law: Clinical negligence
Summary: Tom was instructed by Claire Stoneman and Nicola Rawlinson-Weller of Foot Anstey LLP in a claim arising out of the tragic death caused by arrhythmic sudden cardiac death attributable to atherosclerotic coronary disease. In the preceding weeks, the Deceased had been on standard treatment for acute coronary syndrome following a suspected heart attack; the treatment included the regular administration of Clopidrogel, Bisoprolol (a beta-blocker), Ramipril and Simvastatin. Following the development of a generalised fine macular rash, his General Practitioner discontinued these drugs, without seeking input from a cardiologist. A week later the deceased was dead. An action was brought against the Defendant alleging negligence in discontinuing the drugs and failing to seek advice from a cardiologist who would have advised the continuation of Bisoprolol. While it was not possible to show that the Deceased would have survived in the absence of the Defendant’s negligence, the claim was advanced on the basis that stopping the Bisoprolol materially contributed to his death.
The claim has concluded with a significant out of court settlement. The case is a good example of the flexibility of the causation doctrine of “material contribution”, illustrated in the reported case of Bailey v Ministry of Defence  EWCA Civ 883, which can, in appropriate circumstances, be used to advance claims which do not satisfy the “but for” rule of causation. The case is reported in Lawtel Document No. AM0202945.
Barrister: Emma Zeb
Area of Law: Inquests
Summary: Emma Zeb represented the mother of Ayaan Hussain at the inquest into his death at Bristol Coroner’s Court on 23 October 2015. Ayaan was 23 months old when he passed away on 11 December 2014 at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He had been suffering from a malignant brain tumour which was undiagnosed prior to his collapse on 10 December 2014. The inquest focussed on whether appropriate care and assessment was made in respect of Ayaan’s deteriorating condition at the Bristol Children’s Hospital. The Coroner (Maria Voisin) found that there was a missed opportunity to have diagnosed Ayaan’s tumour. Emma was instructed by Paula Hill of Metcalfes.
 EWCA Civ 1249
Summary: Causation in product liability.
The Times February 6th 2001
Summary: The potential link between trauma and the onset of Multiple Sclerosis.