Dr Simon Fox QC - Clinical Negligence
Simon is a medically qualified specialist clinical negligence silk with over 20 years experience.
Within clinical negligence, Simon specialises in cases with difficult and complicated issues on breach of duty where his medical qualification enables him to better understand the full breadth of the potential 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 clinical negligence work, Simon sits two days per month as Assistant Coroner Bristol. 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.
- Multiple cases of negligent management of pregnancy, labour and delivery.
- Cerebral Palsy – £25 million (lump sum equivalent).
- Neonatal management of kernicterus leading to brain injury.
- Negligent delay in diagnosis and management of osteomyelitis in 6-month old baby.
- Multiple cases of negligent management of encephalitis, meningitis and septicaemia in neonates, children and teenagers leading to brain injury, multiple limb amputation or death.
- Delay in diagnosis of medulloblastoma brain tumour leading to major brain injury.
- Delay in diagnosis of high blood pressure leading to kidney and heart failure.
- Missed diagnosis of TB leading to the death of a 14-year-old girl resulting in Neglect Coroner’s verdict and multiple recommendations to improve TB care in West Midlands.
- Negligent vaginal mesh insertion in 40 year old woman
- Delay in diagnosis of compartment syndrome after tibial fracture leading to below knee amputation.
- Multiple cases of delayed or missed diagnosis leading to stroke or fatal brain haemorrhage.
- Delay in diagnosis leading to vision loss.
- Multiple cases of negligent surgical technique – brain, ENT, chest, abdomen, liver/gall bladder and vascular – open and laparascopic.
- Multiple cases of missed diagnosis of respiratory tuberculosis and TB meningitis leading to death or brain injury.
- Multiple cases of delayed diagnosis of cancer – brain, ENT, lung, bowel, skin.
- Fatal surgical liver injury in cholecystectomy.
- Emergency department management of excited delirium in cocaine user later collapsing in a police cell and death later in hospital.
- Delay in diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis leading to major stroke.
- Surgical injury to popliteal artery and vein in young woman undergoing routine arthroscopy resulting in need for bypass graft and risk of amputation.
He has been ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories 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."
“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” and "one of the most delightful barristers you'll ever meet."
“Excellent with clients, approachable and highly skilled, Simon is a first-rate silk.”
Emma Broomfield, Lanyon Bowdler
“Simon’s medical background is a huge asset in complex, high value clinical negligence cases. His knowledge is exceptional and he always delivers.”
Yasmin Ameer, Nockolds
“Dr Simon Fox QC’s in-depth knowledge of medical matters, combined with his razor sharp legal mind gives him the edge – a winning combination.”
Emma Truin, Barr Ellison
“I have instructed Simon for a number of years in high value claims. An expert in clinical negligence, he is our go-to silk for complex, high value cases. Simon is exceptionally good with clients, has strong technical knowledge and is a leader in his field.”
Andrew Martin, Dicksons Solicitors
“It is difficult to think of many better Counsel who have both the grasp of the law and are able to manage clients and legal teams. He has an innate ability of being in control like a swan, but you know that all preparation and work has been done and that he still has a full armoury ready to be launched if needed.”
Tim Deeming, Slater and Gordon
“I have worked with Simon for a number of years and on some of the most difficult and tragic cases within my career. He offers a calm and methodical approach to any case he is involved in and his approach with clients is exceptional.”
Thomas Riis-Bristow, Irwin Mitchell
“Clear, concise and to the point, Simon Fox QC is capable of getting to the nub of complex medical and legal problems quickly by focusing on the main objective. He provides clear and direct advice to those instructing him which can be actioned effectively. He has a relaxed yet direct approach and is very approachable. A real team player.”
Anna-Clare Marks, Enable Law
“I have worked with Simon for over 10 years. He is always clear in his legal analysis, tactically astute, good at putting clients at their ease and a pleasure to work with. He is an excellent silk.”
Paul Sankey, Enable Law (Foot Anstey)
“What a long road this has been to get to this point.
“We have both felt such a range of emotions going through this process but with the support and expertise of such a great legal team it has been worth it.
“Thank you for all the hard work (much of it we are probably unaware of) that you have undertaken on our behalf.
“While (our daughter) will never be as she should have been, this payout will be used to give her the best chance of enjoying her life through a good care team, lovely home, great therapy, good equipment and parents who can enjoy life with her rather than spending all our time just caring for her. Thank you.”
Parents of 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy
“Simon is a highly skilled professional who always puts his client’s best interests first.”
Mother of 17-year-old girl with severe arm injury
“Through very unfortunate circumstances my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Simon Fox who represented and supported us through a lengthy legal battle.
“Dr Fox’s knowledge and professionalism shone through from our very first meeting where he made us feel comfortable and at ease whilst thoroughly explaining the legal process, his role and the merits of our claim.
“During our legal journey with Mr Fox he continually reassured us in a comforting manner especially on occasions when he needed to deliver some difficult news. His down to earth nature was emphasised by his use of non-legal jargon to help us understand exactly what was going on.
“Through some difficult times Dr Fox was both caring and thoughtful. We always felt relaxed discussing some very personal issues with Dr Fox and his calming and comforting nature made him very approachable and easy to talk to. By the end of our legal claim we regarded Dr Fox, not just as our barrister but as a friend and will always have the utmost respect and regard for him.
“Throughout a very long legal journey we were in awe of Dr Fox’s knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism, especially during the conclusion of our claim.
“We couldn’t recommend Dr Fox highly enough for anybody requiring his services.”
30-year old man with Cauda Equina
“Calm and reassuring, Simon explained every aspect of the case. His advice and guidance was superb.”
60-year-old man rendered paraplegic by delay in treatment
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
Simon can be contacted directly by email at [email protected]
mobile - 07802 960555.
and Twitter - @clinnegsilk
Website - www.simonfoxqc.com