Litigating Cerebral Palsy Claims 2019


No5 Barristers' Chambers Clinical Negligence Group invite you to join them at their next instalment of their London Evening Seminar Series - 'Litigating Cerebral Palsy Claims'. This talk, presented by Chris Bright QC, is designed to provide a comprehensive refresher for those experienced in such claims, an overview for those assisting them, and a detailed introduction to those new to the area.

The first half covers the four main classifications of CP in terms of incidence and clinical negligence in the intrapartum period, the preliminary assessment of claims in terms of expert evidence, standards of midwifery care, cord gases, Apgars, CTGs and recurring themes in breach of duty. Chris then deals with clinical causation (acute asphyxia, chronic partial ischaemia, the causation template etc), and legal principles of/recent cases on legal causation.

The second half covers assessing quantum in terms of the big quantum issues (care, statutory funding, life expectancy, accommodation issues post the Discount Rate Review), and other heads of loss, and concludes with an issue by issue overview of the latest cases in terms of life expectancy, reasonable needs, care, accommodation, hydrotherapy pools and loss of earnings.


Chris Bright QC 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.

Most recently, negotiations in a clinical negligence neonatal brain injury claim set for trial in December 2018 achieved a settlement of 5.4m with a lifetime PPO of 228,000, which, given the 19-year-old claimant’s residual life expectancy of over 60 years, amounts to a settlement 19.15m, if capitalised.

Chris works nationally for claimants and defendants, both at first instance and to the Court of Appeal and works closely with leading provincial and London solicitors and national defendant insurer firms.