Tom Leeper


Tom Leeper

Call 1991
Qualifications B.A. (Dunelm)
Professional Memberships Coroner’s Society, AVMA, Bristol Medico-Legal Society
Appointments Junior Counsel to the Crown – Attorney General’s Civil List, Assistant Deputy Coroner for Warwickshire

Expertise


Tom acts for Claimant and Defendant in a wide-range of claims. His appointment as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s Civil List) has led to extensive clinical negligence work for both the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office concerning healthcare issues arising out of treatment of service personnel/prisoners and deaths in custody.

Notable cases

Cerebral Palsy

  • A. v. M: led by Christopher Gibson QC
  • E v. M.: led by Adrian Whitfield QC
  • S. v. NWSHA: led by Philip Mott QC
  • R. v. EDDHA
  • P v WENT

Administration of Drugs

  • P. v. BHOC: fatality caused by maladministration of chemotherapy drug trial
  • R. v DAGNT: Allegations of negligence arising out of non-admission of antibiotics
  • GWMH cases: multiple fatalities resulting from over prescription of analgesia in continuting care ward
  • C.: maladministration of antibiotics in patient with known allergy
  • A.: fatality following Hepatitis B Vaccination and delayed hospital treatment
  • M.: fatality caused by chemotherapy overdose

Cardiac/Vascular Surgery

  • L. v. B&SUHNT + HO.: fatality caused by failure to diagnose hypertensive heart disease and coronary atherosclerosis
  • DL v KLWHNT: negligent varicose vein surgery
  • T. v. NBNT: allegations of negligently conducted artery angioplasties
  • P.: fatality following cardiac surgery
  • P.: fatality following cardiac surgery

Mental Health

  •  B v AWNT. led by Christopher Wilson Smith QC
  • M. v. K&MN&SPT: fatality following release of Psychiatric Patient
  • Bv. SL M NT: fatality following release of Psychiatric Patient
  • A.: fatality following release of Psychiatric Patient
  • M.: fatality following release of Psychiatric Patient
  • S.: fatality in Mental Institution

Accident and Emergency

  • P. v. HDNT: allegations of negligence in accident and emergency medicine
  • S. v. WNTUCLHNT;: allegations of negligence in Hospital’s Accident and Emergency and Paedodontic Departments
  • H.: fatality following release of Psychiatric Patient from BRI A&E Department

Surgery and Post Operative Care

  • H. v. HHNT: negligently performed colostomy
  • A. v. FHCNT: delayed urological treatment following hysterectomy
  • C. v. NUTHNFT: Allegations of negligence arising re laparotomy
  • O v. NBNT: allegations of negligent repair of fractured femur
  • C. v. PTLHB: negligently conducted hernia operation
  • P. v. BHNT: allegations of negligent post operative care
  • P. v. QEHNT: negligent post operative care; bed sores

Treatment of Chronic Conditions

  • K. v. MSNT: failure to diagnose an ecoptic pregnancy
  • S. v. NHCNT: Allegations of negligence arising out of treatment administered for his asthma
  • B. v. YDHNFT: non treatment of cholesteatoma
  • S.: Adult death from chickenpox
  • M v M: failure to diagnose medial ligament tear in knee
  • C.: fatality following pain relieving injection to the spinal cord

Paediatric

  • H.: fatality caused by maladministration of drug during open heart surgery
  • L.: mismanagement of paediatric bronchopneumonia
  • W.: perinatal death; mismanagement of labour

Dental/Orthodontic

  • P. v. B.
  • B. v. S
  • S. v. M

Recommendations

  • “His attention to detail is remarkable.” “He is an articulate and intelligent litigator who is extremely effective.” “Thoroughness is the watchword for him. He’s very good in negotiations too and has a good client manner.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2018)
  • “He has a very reassuring client manner.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2017)
  • “A specialist in clinical negligence claims, Tom is sought after by solicitors for his detailed approach to cases. He covers a range of cases, often concerning birth injury and surgical negligence. He is also an expert in psychiatric claims and inquests. ‘An experienced clinical negligence barrister and a real safe pair of hands.’ ‘He turns up with detailed notes of the issues and his pleadings are spectacular. His attention to detail is phenomenal.’ ” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2017)
  • “Tom is meticulous in preparation and goes the extra mile.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2016)
  • “Tom draws praise for his impressive ability to deal with the fine details of cases. His work spans clinical negligence and inquest matters. He sits part time as a Coroner and legal assessor, giving him excellent insight into the workings of inquests. Tom was appointed as Junior Counsel to The Crown as part of the Attorney General’s Civil List. ‘His meticulous attention to detail is second to none. I cannot rate him highly enough. He has everything at his fingertips.’ ” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2016)
  • “Tom has a good grasp of medical issues, and really drills down into the detail with experts.” Legal 500, Personal injury and Clinical Negligence (2015)
  • “A part-time coroner, Tom’s practice is focused solely on clinical negligence and inquests work. He represents a mixture of both claimants and defendants, and covers the gamut of clinical negligence work. ‘He’s very good at the detail and wont leave any stone unturned.’ ‘He has an appropriate way of dealing with people who have been through trauma.'” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2015)

Tom is regularly instructed at Inquests

Notable cases include;

  • Chambers v HM Coroner for Preston and West Lancashire and Others [2015] EWHC: Death in custody

Recommendations

  • “Highly experienced in deaths in custody inquests.” Legal 500, Inquests and inquiries (2017)

Tom acts for both Claimant and Defendant in a wide-range of claims under Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934, and personal injury claims. Tom has worked extensively for both the Ministry of Defence (arising out of claims by service personnel) and the Home Office.

Notable cases

Fatal Accident Claims

  • D. v. H.A.: fatal accident on the M1-A1 Link Road
  • W. v. H.A.: fatal accident on the M56
  • A. v S.: RTA fatality
  • S. v. R.: RTA fatality
  • W. and others v CC: multiple fatalities arising out of outbreak of legionnaires disease
  • C. v ABLHB: fatality resulting from post partum internal haemorrage
  • B. v H.O.: death in custody
  • D-S v. SUHNT: Death resulting from mismanagement of hydrocephalus and VP shunts

 

Personal Injury claims in excess of £500,000 

  • S. – led by Christopher Sharp QC
  • H. v M.: head injuries – led by Gerard McDermott QC
  • M v M: severe brain injury
  • P. v M.: postconcussional syndrome after a significant head injury
  • W. v M: head injuries sustained by serviceman
  • B. v M: head injuries sustained by serviceman
  • S.v H.O.: injuries sustained by prisoner
  • B.v M.: harassment/bullying in Royal Logistics Corps Cyprus
  • M. v M.: cold non freezing injury
  • H.v M: cold non freezing injury
  • R.v M.: cold non freezing injury
  • C. v M orthopaedic and sight injuries

 

Practice Overview

Tom practises in clinical negligence, inquests and personal injury cases, as well as sitting part-time as a Coroner. His appointment as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s Civil List) has led to extensive work on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. Recent clinical negligent cases include birth injuries to mother and child, cardiovascular surgery, anaesthetic mismanagement, maladministration of drugs, late diagnosis of cancers, claims against GPs, and claims for psychiatric injury arising out of fatalities in a clinical setting. He is regularly instructed in inquests. He sits as Assistant Deputy Coroner for Warwickshire and acts as Counsel to the Inquest.

Tom is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases, for further information, please visit our Public Access page.

Seminars

  • On Clinical negligence and Inquests