Dr Simon Fox QC - Personal Injury
Simon is a medically qualified silk with over 20 years experience. He practices in clinical negligence and also other personal injury cases involving complicated medical issues where his medical qualification enables him to better understand those issues, get the most from the experts, present the client’s case at its best and cross-examine effectively.
He is generally instructed in cases exceeding £1m in value and recently concluded a cerebral palsy claim in a lump sum equivalent value of £25m – believed to be one of the highest ever clinical negligence awards made in the UK.
His practice is nationwide. He spends much of his time travelling the country to meet clients in Chambers (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds), solicitor’s offices and in client’s own homes.
Simon qualified first as a doctor at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and worked in the UK, New Zealand and Central Africa from 1989 to 1994. His experience included emergency medicine, terminal care, neurosurgery and treating casualties from the Mozambique civil war.
In addition to his personal injury and clinical negligence work, Simon sits two days per month as Assistant Coroner in both Bristol and Gloucester. He lives in Cheltenham.
Outside work Simon is a keen hill runner, competing in 24-hour events up to 100 km and 4-day events up to 160 km.
He has been ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories in clinical negligence for over 10 years where he has been described as –
"Dr Simon Fox is superb with clients." "He is able to see points other barristers couldn't and offer a new perspective."
"He is very forensic – none of the detail ever passes him by and he is very good at dealing with traumatised clients and putting them at ease." "The medicine is really complex and he's just completely on it, bashing forward questions with the experts and has never not understood where we are." "Sound, pragmatic advice. He has a wealth of experience in high-value cases and can be relied upon for a sensible, thorough approach."
"He is extremely hardworking and unafraid to fight difficult cases.’
“an extremely talented and experienced counsel, able to get the very best from medical experts”
"commands a nationwide reputation for the depth of his specialisation" and "absolutely fantastic ... extremely talented ... really easy to work with and clients like him"
“He's very good with complex serious injury, particularly high-value cases. He's very forensic and knows how to handle experts. A fabulous barrister who gives sound, pragmatic advice.” “He communicates with experts with ease, and goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
"He is absolutely fantastic. He is really easy to work with and clients like him." "He is an extremely talented barrister who provides practical support and advice."
… commands a nationwide reputation for the depth of his specialisation. Sources cite the strength of his medical knowledge and experience, which enable him to "get to grips with all of the pertinent issues in the case with unbelievable speed." In addition, solicitors praise his accessibility and "willingness to advise on the most complex matters even at short notice."
… elicited a tranche of enthusiastic feedback for his “excellent client care skills," as well as for "his strength on his feet in court.”'
“stands out as technically skilful, great with clients and able to hold his own with experts".
“he has an overtly reasonable and calm approach which belies his evident ability to get his hands dirty in a fight”.
“not afraid of a fight”
"one of the most delightful barristers you'll ever meet."
Simon also speaks at seminars across the country. Audiences have described him as "such a good presenter that I would not miss any seminar conducted by him ... possibly the best speaker we have had, and we have had some very good ones".
Present seminar topics include “Neuroanatomy for Clin Neg Lawyers” and “Clin Neg Update”.
MB, BS (Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School) (1990)
Common Professional Examination (City) (1993)
Simon is a member of the British Medical Association and the Personal Injury Bar Association.
Simon is an invited speaker at the Royal College of Surgeons, the British Medical Association, APIL, AvMA and the Law Society.
Assistant Coroner for Avon and Gloucestershire.
Cerebral Palsy - £25 million (lump sum equivalent).
Delay in diagnosis of medulloblastoma in 9-year-old girl leading to severe hydrocephalus, near-fatal coning and Posterior Fossa Syndrome.
Missed diagnosis of tuberculosis leading to the death of a 14-year-old girl (neglect verdict and multiple recommendations to improve TB care in West Midlands).
Fatal surgical liver injury in cholecystectomy.
Emergency department management of excited delirium in cocaine user later collapsing in police cell.
Simon can be contacted directly by email at [email protected]
mobile - 07802 960555.
and Twitter - @clinnegsilk.