Chris Bright QC - Clinical Negligence
Chris is Head of the Clinical Negligence Group at No5 and is recognised by solicitors and the legal directories as a leading clinical negligence and personal injury Silk with a national reputation. He conducts the highest level of cerebral palsy/catastrophic injury claims in terms of both their complexity and value e.g. £10m+ (pre- Discount Rate review), and at any one time is involved in multiple ongoing cerebral palsy/neonatal/catastrophic brain and spinal injury and amputation claims, particularly those involving complex medical and causation issues and issues relating to CCG/Local Authority statutory funding and PPOs. He works nationally for both claimants and defendants, both at first instance and to the Court of Appeal and regularly works with leading provincial and London solicitors and national defendant insurer firms.
Chris is involved with national organisations such as AvMA, Headway and the Spinal Injuries Association. He took Silk in 2009 and in the same year was awarded the Birmingham Law Society’s 'Barrister of the Year' Award. He is a member of PIBA and regularly lectures to solicitors and medico-legal organisations upon subjects such as litigating cerebral palsy, catastrophic brain/spinal injury and amputation claims.
"He is an excellent negotiator and is particularly good in settlement discussions." "He has excellent attention to detail and is highly experienced in brain injury cases."
Chambers UK, 2018
‘His attention to detail is exemplary.’
Legal 500, 2017
"Very knowledgeable, communicative and client-facing." "He really drills into every case to make sure we've got every detail."
Chambers UK, 2017
"Very good with clients, approachable and friendly, while providing clear and firm advice."
Legal 500, 2016
“He is very knowledgeable, communicative and client-focused.” “He has got a good bedside manner with clients.”
Chambers UK 2016
"User-friendly, client-friendly and great on detail."
Legal 500, 2015
Highly regarded for his experience in complex personal injury claims, often involving catastrophic brain and spinal injuries in RTAs. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
"He doesn't get flustered at thorny, difficult issues: he can look at things, break them down, approach things logically and come up with thoughtful options."
"He's got a very good bedside manner and a good way of explaining things to clients in easy, comprehensible terms."
Chambers UK 2015
Handles complex cases which commonly have issues of causation and PCT/local authority funding. He is regarded as a specialist in catastrophic injury and cerebral palsy cases.
"He is very forensic in how he considers claims. He looks at them in their minutiae."
"He has a very good bedside manner and a good way of explaining things to clients in easily comprehensible terms."
Chambers UK 2015
'A clinical negligence barrister who is at the top of his game.'
'Very able and experienced.'
Legal 500 2014
Remains well known among both claimant and defendant solicitors for the quality and experience he brings to catastrophic claims.
"He's very impressive in conference and court. He has a very good grasp of complex issues, and he's very easy to contact."
"He is always totally in control, meticulous and very impressive."
"He has fantastic analytical ability and is very good on his feet."
Chambers UK 2014
The ‘personable’ and ‘well-prepared’ Chris Bright QC has ‘considerable expertise’, and is noted for his ‘ability to handle the most complex matters’. He is ‘able quickly to identify the legal issues involved in a case’.
Legal 500 2013
Christopher Bright QC is a leading clinical negligence silk who is noted for his considerable expertise in cases concerning catastrophic injuries, and for his adroit handling of matters involving issues of healthcare or local authority funding. Instructing solicitors are "pleased to find that he's hugely user-friendly, especially for a leading silk," and note his "complete control of high-value cases," concluding that "he is an extremely safe silk to entrust with very high-value cases."
Chambers UK 2013
''Chris Bright QC who specialises in catastrophic head and spinal injury claims, singled out''
Legal 500 2012
Christopher Bright QC has only been in silk for a relatively short amount of time, but is doing very well in the role. He is very good on the claimant side handling complex cases such as those involving catastrophic injury or cerebral palsy. Solicitors like him as "he handles matters of the greatest sensitivity in an understanding and sympathetic way."
Chambers and Partners 2011
...excels at handling complex, high-value claims and is ‘proactive and committed to the case while retaining a sensitivity to the client’s circumstances’
Legal 500 2010
Re: AP. Lump sum of £4.237m (including provision for a home swimming pool), and a PPO for care/case management of £285,000 per annum. (Cerebral palsy claim at the most severe end of the spectrum of physical and mental deficits, i.e. with very significant cognitive, behavioural and motor disabilities together with epilepsy. Given the 24-year-old Claimant’s life expectancy of a further 50 years, settlement would otherwise represent a lump sum settlement significantly in excess of £12m).
Re: SR. Lump sum of £2.38m with a stepped PPO of £50,000 (age 31-32 years), £75,000 (age 32-35 years), £90,000 (age 35-38 years), and £165,000 (from age 38 years for life) (Complex historic dyskinetic CP claim involving a Claimant, now 31 years old. Breach of duty/causation disputed on contentious factual and expert evidence (midwifery, obstetric, neurological and neuroradiological). Settlement of 75% of damages to be assessed and subsequently quantum settlement achieved/approved. No Peters undertaking/reverse indemnity re statutory funding).
Re: LP. Lump sum of £1.75m and stepped PPO of £73,000, £118,250, £140,250, £182,750 and £160,750 pa from ages 11, 19, 21, 40 and 65 respectively. (Birth injury case resulting in dyskinetic CP with mild spasticity and cognitive impairment to the Claimant, now 11 years of age. Issues of unusual deterioration in mobility with advancing age. Seven pairs of experts (neurology, educational psychology, care, OT, physiotherapy, assistive technology, accommodation), plus individual orthopaedic, specialist gait, speech and language therapy and Deputyship/Court of Protection experts. Unusually, annual sums for therapies, holidays and loss of earnings were agreed within the various PPOs on different indices of annual indexation).
Re: JJ. £3m and a staged PPO of £45,000 rising to £127,500 pa (Cerebral sinovenous thrombosis leading to spastic diplegic CP with complex issues upon factual events, causation and care/case management needs. Settlement approved).
Re: PM. Approved lump sum, discounted for litigation risk, of £4.2m, in view of the MDU’s indemnity limit of £10m of damages/costs precluding a PPO over the Claimant’s life expectancy to age 65 years. No Peters undertaking or reverse indemnity re statutory funding given. (Neonatal brain injury claim against a GP for failing to refer the now 15 years old Claimant when 5 months of age, unfortunately resulting in pneumococcal septicaemia, meningitis and endocarditis, ultimately leading to asymmetrical quadriplegic CP. Liability and factual causation (i.e. clinical management) keenly disputed through factual witnesses and GP and paediatric experts. Complex issues on causation upon the causal pathway of the pneumococcal septicaemia, namely bacteraemic via the CSF or embolic/endocarditic via the heart. Five expert disciplines (paediatrics, infectious diseases/microbiology, paediatric neurology, neuroradiology and paediatric cardiology) on causation. ‘Core’ care, accommodation and deputyship reports confirming a settlement valuation of around 60% of full recovery).
Re: MR. Lump sum of £900,000 (provisionally for the development of epilepsy, syringomyelia formation or a recurrence of the thoracic arachnoid cyst), and staged PPOs for care/case management of £60,000 pa rising to £150,000 pa for the later years of life). (Catastrophic claim re a failure of hospital staff promptly to diagnose cerebritis before the development of a cerebral abscess leading to significant cognitive and physical disabilities in a 58 year old Claimant now with restricted mobility, significantly dependent and presently lacking capacity (although with further psychological rehabilitation will regain capacity in the near future)).
Re: VF. £1m (Alleged spinal injury as a result of a failure properly to identify and manage ‘spine in line’ the Claimant after a fall from a horse. Factual and clinical causation disputed. Complex issues of imaging, neurology and ‘but for’ recovery, particularly in relation to bladder, bowel, sexual dysfunction and mobility deficits).
Re: AA. (Failure promptly to diagnose/treat pneumococcal meningitis in an 8 month child, now 17 years of age, causing severe frontal/parietal brain damage and learning difficulties, autism and epilepsy. Claimant (from a high-achieving professional family) will never live independently or pursue gainful employment, will always lack capacity and be dependent on others. Liability and causation admitted; claim ongoing with multiple experts in care/case management, multi-disciplinary therapies, equipment, AT and educational needs and loss of earnings/pension, adapted accommodation and Court of Protection/deputyship costs).
Re: AH. Lump sum of £1.2m (Claim involving a failure to diagnose an ophthalmic brain tumour, leading to effective blindness in a young man. Complex clinical evidence on causation).
Re: JF. Lump sum of £1.25m (Claim involving a young man who sustained a femoral fracture in a RTA, but who developed an avoidable compartment syndrome in the contra-lateral leg during surgical fixation of the fracture, leading to the above-knee amputation of the uninjured leg. Complex issues on causation involving multi-disciplinary expert evidence).
Re: M. Lump sum of £4.55m (Trial award - failure to diagnose meningitis in six-week-old child).
Re: B. Lump sum of £3.4m (Cerebral palsy award).
Re: G. Lump sum of £1.25m (Delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome/progressive neurological damage).
Re: G. Lump sum of £618,000 (Trial award - failure to diagnose prostate cancer).
Re: E. Lump sum of £450,000 (Post-operative hypertension causing avoidable stroke).
Re: J McD. Lump sum of £455,000 (Avoidable below-knee amputation).
Re: S. Lump sum of £455,000 (Failure to diagnose epidural abscess).
Re: AS. Lump sum of £550,000 (Death of a husband/father due to a delayed diagnosis of epidural abscess).
Re: LC. Lump sum of £500,000 (Death of a wife/mother due to a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer).
Re: RB. Lump sum of £500,000 (Failure to diagnose laryngeal cancer).
BA (Hons) Law/Politics (Durham)
Recorder - Crown and County Courts