Justin Valentine

Year of Call: 1999

Inn: Middle Temple

Justin is very balanced, the clients love his no-nonsense approach to some incredibly complicated issues.”

Legal 500,  2022
Clinical Negligence

Justin specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation acting almost exclusively for claimants.

He undertakes all aspects of clinical negligence work with a particular focus on birth injury and neo-natal claims (hypoglycaemic and hypoxic injury). He has acted in a variety of clinical negligence claims, some examples include, delayed cancer diagnosis, negligent nursing care (falls and pressure sores), GP claims, incorrect prescriptions spinal injuries, dental treatment, general surgical and cosmetic surgical errors. He has substantial experience in both JSMs and in mediation. He is instructed by many of the leading firms in clinical negligence.

In the personal injury context, he has a particular interest in multi-track workplace claims and claims involving vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists). He has successfully litigated complex cases involving the Animals Act.

He has a reputation for robust pleadings, skilled negotiation, persuasive advocacy and excellent client care.

He regularly drafts schedules and counter schedules of loss in complex high-value and catastrophic injury cases.

He has experience in representing interested parties at inquests in both clinical negligence and personal injury cases.

He also has extensive experience of costs’ issues affecting multi-track work.

Justin practised in the North West for over 15 years. Upon relocating back to the South West he joined St John’s Chambers in 2016. Prior to joining the Bar in 1999 he worked in two psychiatric hospitals, before undertaking a Masters in sociology and working as a research associate at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the centre for health services studies for three years.

He is a keen pianist and a fluent German speaker.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • Bar Vocational Course, University of the West of England
  • PG Dip Law, University of the West of England
  • BSc Econ (Hons), University College of Swansea
  • MSc, Bristol University
  • Diplock Scholar
  • Recipient of Campbell Foster Prize (awarded to the Middle Templar to come first on the BVC at the University of the West of England)
  • Goethe Certificate B2 – German
  • Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (Piano Performance Diploma)