Clinical Negligence

The Clinical Negligence Group has an outstanding reputation and No5 Barristers’ Chambers is widely recognised as one of the leading centres of legal expertise in the area of clinical negligence. The Group enjoys a nationwide reputation with its members undertaking work throughout England and Wales.

There are over 40 specialist Counsel, some also qualified in medicine, who are members of the Group. The members of the Group have been responsible for some of the most important and substantial cases dealt with in this field in the United Kingdom including claims involving brain and spinal injuries and other catastrophic medical injuries, multi-party claims involving clinical negligence or arising from the use of medical products and equipment, human rights, mental health issues and medical ethics.

The work of the Group is on behalf of a very wide range of clients including private individuals, NHS Trusts, medical defence organisations and private medical and related institutions.

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"The clerking is well organised and helpful - the Chambers compares very well and is my go-to set for clinical negligence." "I have always found No5 Chambers very easy to work with. I always receive a timely response to e-mails and instructions. Communication is clear and I never have a problem reaching the relevant barrister." 
Chambers UK 2019

No5 Barristers Chambers is ‘a very strong set’, housing two separate groups for clinical negligence and personal injury matters with over 70 barristers across the teams.  The clinical negligence team at No5 Barristers' Chambers continues to be instructed in cases of GP negligence, mismanagement of labour resulting in serious disabilities, surgical errors and failure to diagnose/treat neurological issues, resulting in paraplegia.
Legal 500 2019

A "heavyweight" outfit which dominates the Midlands clinical negligence sector. The set boasts a bench of silks and juniors who offer expertise across the full range of clinical negligence cases and numbers amongst its ranks a selection of medically qualified practitioners. One source reports: "No5 clearly has a wealth of experience in clinical negligence matters, and there is never any difficulty in finding a barrister of the right level of experience and with a special interest in the nature of the case involved."
Chambers UK 2018

No5 Barristers Chambers is ‘an excellent set’ with two distinct groups for clinical negligence and personal injury matters, containing ‘an in-depth armoury’ of over 70 members across both teams. The leader of the personal injury group, Paul Bleasdale QC, specialises in industrial disease litigation, particularly in cases involving asbestos claims, deafness and RSI. Chris Bright QC leads the clinical negligence practice.
Legal 500 2017

"A standout set... for clinical negligence cases of varying complexity and value. Its members act on behalf of both claimants and defendants including NHS hospital and clinical commissioning groups, healthcare professionals and private individuals. Sources regard the set as being of a high-calibre and containing several top-notch silks and juniors. Its members are known for their depth of knowledge and their experience of handling instructions nationwide."
Chambers UK 2017

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