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Year of Call:  1978

Year of Silk:  2001

Position:  Head of Industrial Disease & Personal Injury

Paul Bleasdale QC Clinical Negligence CV

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Paul Bleasdale QC - Clinical Negligence

Paul is a leading silk with over 30 years experience in both Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation as junior counsel and in silk.

Described as ‘top drawer silk with a real desire to fight and win the difficult case’ Paul is regularly recognised for his ‘pragmatic advice and excellent client manner’. His cross examination and negotiating skills are described as ‘formidable’ , his knowledge ‘encyclopaedic’ and he is a favourite of instructing solicitors due to his ‘genuine commitment to clients’

Pauls experience is wide ranging and includes case involving negligent and delayed diagnosis, nursing errors, accidents at birth and surgical errors.

Paul is willing to accept cases without a junior where appropriate.


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Recorder - Crown and County Courts
First Tier Property Tribunal Judge (Agricultural Land and Drainage)
Honorary Professor at University of Birmingham


RB v Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust (2017)
Patient in psychiatric hospital secure ward. Risk of suicide. Failure to supervise. Patient left hospital and electrocuted on nearby electricity pylon. Catastrophic brain injury.

Jehan v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (2017)
Wrongful birth; failure to advise of high risk of severely disabled baby.
Damages agreed: £2.745m

Bird v University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (2017)
Alleged negligent treatment of congenital condition resulting in quadriplegia (locked in syndrome).

MP v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (2017)
Alleged failure to diagnose pharyngeal abscess resulting in oxygen starvation, cardiac arrest and catastrophic injury.

B-HL v The Ministry for Health and Social Services (2016)
Fetal hypoxia during delivery. Very severely disabled baby. Cerebral Palsy.

Anderson v Stewart (2016)
Alleged failure of GP’s practice nurse to refer claimant to doctor for diagnosis: meningitis.

B-M v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (2015)
Claimant’s aorta severed during surgery to treat an ectopic pregnancy resulting in hypotension and severe brain damage.
Lump sum £2m
Periodical payments for care (index linked): £220,000
Periodical payments for other recurring costs (index linked):  £16,500

HAX v Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust (2015)
Neonatal test for congenital hypothyroidism wrongly reported. Baby severely disabled from birth.
Lump sum: £1.5m
Periodical payments for loss of earnings from 2018 to aged 65 (index linked): 13,000
Periodical payments for care and case management from 2018 for life (index linked) £143,000.

Sawyer-Simmons v Northwest London Hospitals NHS Trust (check date)
Negligent renal treatment over a number of years leading to kidney transplant.
Settled on lump sum basis with provisional damages to abide the chance of further transplants and the risk of a range of disabling and potentially fatal conditions arising from lifelong use of immunosuppressant drugs.

Uwigize v Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust (2013)
Negligent failure to diagnose platybasia; claimant quadriplegic.

Joplin v Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust (with Emma Brown) (2010)
Claimant with Parkinson's Disease. Rendered tetraplegic as a result of delay in diagnosing spinal abscess after admission to hospital. Issues on causation of tetraplegia and long term prognosis in light of Parkinson's.

Evans v West Midlands Strategic Health Authority and Walsall Manor Hospital and NHS Trust (2009)
Very young girl: failure to diagnose meningitis while in hospital and subsequent negligent surgery to excise dermal cyst. Brain damage: neuropathic bladder and bowels as well as hemiplegia. Issues on liability of community health physician failing to discover sinus at six week check up and thereafter diagnosis of meningitis after admission to hospital. Liability admitted for negligent surgery to deal with dermal cyst and eventually for failure to diagnose meningitis while an inpatient.


Highly experienced in challenging catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He also has expertise in industrial disease cases.
Strengths: "He gets to the heart of a case with ease and precision." "Paul has an impressive appetite for fighting difficult cases. He has an excellent client manner and negotiating skills combined with experience, knowledge and a pragmatic approach."
Recent work: Defended Myerscough College in a claim brought by a trainee arboriculturist who fell out of a tree he was climbing under supervision when he detached all his safety gear.

(Chambers UK 2018)

The go-to silk on circuit for high-value personal injury cases.’
(Legal 500 2017)

Highly experienced in catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He also has expertise in industrial disease cases. 
"One of the best and most experienced serious injury silks in the Midlands. He doesn't shy away from difficult cases. A powerful advocate in court." "His wealth of experience, pragmatic advice and excellent client manner make him a go-to personal injury QC."
(Chambers UK 2017)

'He has an ability and desire to fight the difficult cases, providing a clear and tactical approach.’
(Legal 500 2016) 

"His wealth of experience, pragmatic advice and excellent client manner make him a go-to personal injury silk." "He is a top-drawer silk with a real desire to fight and win the difficult case."
(Chambers UK 2016)
‘His negotiation skills are scarily good.’
(Legal 500 2015) 
A personal injury specialist with extensive experience acting for claimants and defendants in catastrophic claims. He is noted for his aptitude in claims involving brain injury and industrial disease. 

"He is a go-to silk for tricky cases in liability; he's incredibly tenacious, willing to stand up and fight, and not afraid of difficult cases at all."
"He's got very  good tactical awareness and negotiating skills, so he's very accomplished not only in trials but also in settlement meetings."
(Chambers UK 2015)

Noted for his experience, knowledge and pragmatic approach.’
(Legal 500 2014)

Paul Bleasdale QC receives widespread accolades for his specialist expertise in a range of catastrophic work, including complex brain and spinal injury claims, and industrial disease litigation.
"He is a pure litigator in the true sense of the word, and his advocacy is second to none." 
"He's the undoubted leader for serious PI in the Midlands."
(Chambers UK 2014)

No5 Chambers’ key silks include Paul Bleasdale QC, who is recommended for his ‘first-class attention to detail’, ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’, and ‘ability to deliver devastating cross-examination’ 
(Legal 500 2013)

"Paul Bleasdale QC is a "first-rate personal injury practitioner." He is widely praised for his "formidable negotiation and advocacy skills," and is a favourite of instructing solicitors due to his "genuine commitment to clients" and his "real willingness to fight difficult cases." "
(Chambers UK 2013)

''Paul Bleasdale QC who specialises in catastrophic head and spinal injury claims, singled out.''
(Legal 500 2012) 

Paul Bleasdale QC is considered to be "a wise choice if you've got a real battle on your hands." Tough in court, he is all charm outside it and a barrister who is "very sympathetic with clients." 
(Chambers UK 2011)

In its ranks it has many highly respected personal injury silks, not least personal injury and clinical negligence specialist Paul Bleasdale QC. Sources note that "few silks have the street-fighting skills" of Bleasdale, a lawyer with "a pragmatic and detailed approach to brain injury litigation." 
(Chambers UK 2010)

"Is expert in complex occupational claims and "very robust in negotiation"'
(Legal 500 2009) 

“one of the best in Birmingham,” remains a firm favourite....praised for his “straightforward style and robust advocacy.” He receives particular acclaim for his industrial disease expertise. 
(Chambers UK 2008)

“a sensible and committed advocate” 
(Chambers UK 2007)

"leading silk"
(Chambers UK 2006)

“is highly recommended for high-value PI and industrial disease instructions.” 
(The Legal 500 2006)

Described as “a dream” when it comes to solicitor-counsel relations 
(Chambers & Partners 2005)

“makes the best of any case” 
(The Legal 500 2005)

“determined and creative” 
(The Legal 500 2005)