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Jamie Gamble - Clinical Negligence

Jamie practices exclusively in the areas of clinical negligence and personal injury, specialising in cases of serious injury.

He is consistently ranked as a leading barrister for clinical negligence work in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500, having been described therein as “a great all-round barrister” who is “frequently instructed in high-value matters of extreme severity”, “fiercely intellectual, with a very analytical brain" with “an excellent grasp of complex medicine”, and an “empathetic and approachable attitude” and an “ability to build a rapport with clients from a wide range of backgrounds".

Jamie has experience in all areas of clinical negligence practice, including the following:

Brain Injury and Cerebral Palsy
- Jamie has experience of cerebral palsy claims, including an ongoing claim (with Leading Counsel) with a potential (capitalised) value in excess of £15 million.
- He also has wide experience of other brain injury litigation, including acting in an ongoing claim (with Leading Counsel) arising out of a negligent failure to diagnose an intra-cranial infection leading to brain damage and uncontrolled epilepsy with a potential (capitalised) value in excess of £10 million.

Spinal Injury
- Jamie has been praised by Chambers UK as being “particularly knowledgeable in spinal injury” (2017) and displaying an “impressive aptitude in tackling difficult causation and quantum issues in claims involving spinal injuries” (2019).
- Recent work in this area includes a claim involving an alleged failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome where liability was firmly in dispute, but which settled at a roundtable meeting (against Leading Counsel) shortly before trial for a six-figure sum, a case of spinal cord injury caused by the negligent administration of a spinal block which settled for £450,000, and a case involving the failure to diagnose spinal tuberculosis resulting in cervical myelopathy which settled for £550,000.

Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Urology
- Jamie is experienced in claims for “wrongful birth” claims, being recognised in Chambers UK (2019) as “offering … expertise in wrongful birth cases”. He is currently involved in two separate such claims arising out of the negligent failure to diagnose microcephaly during antenatal scanning: one case where he is acting alone, and one involving Leading Counsel with a potential value in excess of £5 million.
- Jamie also has extensive experience in relation to other claims for birthing injury and gynaecological errors, including stillbirth claims (and secondary victim claims for psychiatric injury arising out of the same), fertility claims, and claims involving urological complications following surgery, including post- hysterectomy.

Cancer
- Jamie continues to be involved in a considerable number of claims arising out of the delayed diagnosis of cancer, including colo-rectal and breast cancers.

Amputation
- Jamie has been involved in a number of cases involving lower limb amputation, including those arising out of the mismanagement of peripheral vascular disease, and is experienced in the issues (such as surrounding prosthetic provision) that arise in such claims.

Cardiology
- Jamie has considerable experience of claims involving cardiological issues, including a recent trial in a fatal claim relating to an alleged delay in pacemaker insertion, and a fatal claim arising out of the mismanagement of an ST-elevated myocardial infarction which settled a roundtable settlement meeting for £170,000.

Surgery
Jamie has wide experience of claims arising out of surgical errors, including relating to orthopaedic joint replacement, and has been involved in a number of recent cases involving negligent abdominal surgery, including a claim where such lead to compartment syndrome and which settled at a roundtable meeting for £625,000, and a claim involving a major resectional injury to the biliary tree which settled for in excess of £500,000.

Mental health
- Jamie has been involved in a number of claims arising out of the suicide or attempted suicide of psychiatric patients, including those treated as inpatients and in the community.
- Recent work includes a fatal case that settled for £250,000 and a case of attempted suicide by overdose causing significant injury that settled for £100,000.

Jamie is a member of the LexisNexis expert panel for answering queries relating to personal injury claims, and regularly provides seminars to professional clients on a variety of subjects.

Qualifications

MA (Cantab) Law (Selwyn College, Cambridge University)

BVC (Inns of Court Schools of Law)

Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

AvMA

Recommendations

“Junior counsel with a strong claimant practice across a variety of complex clinical negligence instructions. He displays impressive aptitude in tackling difficult causation and quantum issues in claims involving spinal injuries, offering further expertise in wrongful birth cases.
"Aside from having an excellent grasp of complex medicine, his main strength is his ability to build a rapport with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, which is very important in this area. Clients really appreciate his ability to explain complex aspects to them in a straightforward manner." "Fiercely intellectual, with a very analytical brain."
Recent work: Achieved a favourable settlement for the claimant in a case alleging negligent administration of a spinal block during an operation, resulting in spinal cord injury.”
Chambers UK Bar 2019
Leading junior, clinical negligence

“He has an incredibly sharp mind”
Legal 500 2018
Leading junior, personal injury and clinical negligence

“He is frequently instructed in high value matters of extreme severity, including those concerning spinal injury, brain damage and mental health issues. Commentators appreciate his highly approachable manner.
Strengths: “He easily gains clients’ trust and confidence with his empathetic and approachable attitude.” “He gets to the crux of the case very quickly and has a very analytical brain.””
Chambers UK Bar 2018
Leading junior, clinical negligence

“A knowledgeable barrister, who gives clear, assertive advice.”
Legal 500 2017
Leading junior, personal injury and clinical negligence

“… frequently instructed in high-value matters of extreme severity …particularly knowledgeable in spinal injury … very thorough in dealing with experts … very approachable, nice style”.
Chambers UK Bar 2017
Leading junior, clinical negligence

“A great all-round barrister”
Legal 500 2016
Leading junior, personal injury and clinical negligence

“Can always be relied upon to provide a definitive opinion when required”
Legal 500 2015
Leading junior, personal injury and clinical negligence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable cases

Re T (2018)failure to diagnose spinal tuberculosis in a prison, leading to spinal cord injury and paraplegia, settled for £550,000.

Re S (2018) attempted overdose of psychiatric patient in the community, settled for £100,000.

Re R (2017) – negligent administration of a spinal block causing spinal cord injury, settled for £450,000.

Re J (2017) – Alleged failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome where liability was firmly in dispute. Settled at a roundtable settlement conference against a Q.C. shortly before trial for a six-figure sum.

Re F (deceased) (2017) – mismanagement of ST-elevated myocardial infarction, settled at a roundtable settlement conference for £170,000.

Re P (2017) – Accessory nerve palsy caused during cervical lymph node excision, settled at a roundtable settlement conference for £275,000.

Re M (2016) – Negligent abdominal surgery leading to compartment syndrome in both legs, settled at a roundtable settlement conference for £625,000.

Re G (2016) – Negligent abdominal surgery leading to injury to biliary tree, settled for in excess of £500,000.

Re B (deceased) (2016) - Death caused by infection and necrotising fasciitis, settled for £425,000.

Re D (deceased) (2016) – Suicide of a psychiatric inpatient, settled for £250,000.