Clinical Negligence

The 'fantastic' St John's Chambers is 'a strong clinical negligence set', housing members with strength in handling a range of defendant and claimant work."

Legal 500  2022
Clinical Negligence

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. We are praised by instructing solicitors as “a fantastic set with very strong barristers.”

Our clinical negligence barristers have detailed medical as well as legal knowledge to provide the best possible result in every dispute. Our set can cover claims in a number of medical areas including those involving; doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare professionals. We pride ourselves on our sensitive, pragmatic approach to cases ranging from pharmacology and medical product liability claims to GP and dental negligence with our clerks always providing a professional, friendly service.

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, in complex and high-value disputes and in clinical negligence inquest proceedings.

Areas of particular expertise for the team include cases arising from surgical negligence, dental negligence and failures in diagnosis. Members are also regularly instructed in obstetric and neonatal injury, gynaecology and fatal accident claims.

Our clinical negligence barristers also appear in a variety of healthcare related tribunals such as those covering professional negligence, personal injury and Court of Protection hearings.

Our expertise includes:

  • 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

Our team also provide representation at Coroners’ Inquests and Public Inquiries in which death has followed medical treatment.


We are committed to providing training to the wider legal and medical communities, and we design and deliver many seminars and workshops; we are always happy to provide bespoke training to meet your team’s individual needs. Please contact Annette Bushell, Practice Manager, to discuss the extensive portfolio of workshops and bespoke seminars that we offer clients.

Conditional Fee Agreements

Barristers are happy to act under Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) where appropriate.

Public Access

Some barristers accept instructions direct from members of the public under our Direct Access to a barrister programme.

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