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’ Clinical Negligence team regularly advise on costs and funding issues. Our barristers advise solicitors, insurers, funders and litigants.

We have extensive experience advising on costs and providing representation at hearings involving:

  • Costs budgeting and orders
  • Costs-capping orders
  • Costs disputes arising from the 2013 Jackson reforms
  • Costs implications of Part 36 offers
  • Detailed assessment hearings

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.

Barristers are happy to act under Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) where appropriate. Some barristers accept instructions direct from members of the pubic under Public Access.

Clinical Negligence Costs Team

Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has an extensive practice which encompasses personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence claims and property damage matters, including a number of high profile cases. Richard’s practice is also complemented by his...

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Justin Valentine

  • Call: 1999

Justin has been ranked as a Tier 1 Legal 500 clinical negligence specialist for several years.  He acts almost exclusively for claimants in cases of significant value.  He has particular interest in obstetrics and gynaecology cases where consent...

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Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis

  • Call: 2004

Darren specialises in personal injury and employment matters, and was called to the Bar in 2004. He is a leading junior on civil fraud, fundamental dishonesty, S57 defences as well as committal for contempt of court. He has...

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Patrick West website

Patrick West

  • Call: 2007

Patrick has an established clinical negligence practice. He acts for claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims across a broad spectrum including dental treatment, general surgical errors and mental health care both in terms of liability and quantum...

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James Marwick

James Marwick

  • Call: 2008

James is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with sub-specialisms in costs and professional negligence.  He is ranked in The Legal 500 in costs (Tier 1), clinical negligence and personal injury. He acts for both claimants...

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James Hughes

  • Call: 2011

James has experience acting for both claimants and defendant trusts or clinicians, in cases where there is more than one defendant, in clinical negligence claims. Recent work includes: Injury to external iliac artery during laparoscopic sterilisation surgery Wrongful...

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Robert Mills

Rob Mills

  • Call: 2014

Clinical negligence is the focus of Robert’s practice. He undertakes a wide range of clinical negligence work, with regular instructions across all areas of medicine, including obstetrics, brain injuries, oncology, orthopaedics and cardiology. He is experienced in handling...

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Rhodri Jones

Rhodri Jones

  • Call: 2017

Rhodri specialises in clinical negligence, acting for both claimants and defendants. Before retraining as a barrister, Rhodri practiced as a medical doctor for 18 years, principally in A&E and general practice. His wealth of knowledge and clinical experience...

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Directory Quotes

St John’s Chambers is well regarded for its expert representation of both claimants and defendants, including several NHS trusts, medical defence organisations and private individuals, in complex and high-value disputes and in clinical negligence inquest proceedings.”

Chambers UK 2022, Clinical Negligence

The clerks are very on the ball and are always very helpful, approachable and friendly. The team all work like a well-oiled machine and they always call you back. The set provides an excellent clerking service – it is prompt, efficient and personable.”

Chambers UK 2022, Clinical Negligence (Client Service)

One of the strongest sets in the Western circuit for clinical negligence work, with a range of junior counsel covering both claimant and defendant matters.”

Legal 500 2021, Clinical Negligence

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