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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No5 Barristers Chambers houses one of the largest and strongest collections of clinical negligence barristers in the Midlands, which is praised by clients for its 'very knowledgeable, approachable and client-focused' members.
Legal 500 2021

The set can boast a strong bench of silks and juniors, some of whom are medically qualified, who represent clients in a wide range of clinical negligence claims including fatal accidents, cerebral palsy and other birth injury cases, surgical negligence matters and issues related to consent. Members also have notable experience dealing with negligence claims in relation to mental health care. Instructing solicitors report: "The barristers are approachable and they will go the extra mile. They are extremely responsive and they are always looking to engage and seek feedback on how their service could be improved."
Chambers UK 2020

A 'go-to set' with 'a huge selection of specialists'. The set is most notable for claimant work, however a number of members of chambers also have defendant practices as well.
Legal 500 2020 

"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

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