Both as a junior and now in Silk, Chris has been frequently instructed in oncological cases involving all types of cancer, including ophthalmic, breast, prostate, skin and oesophageal cancers (see below), and now regularly conducts high-value dependency/Fatal Accident Act claims.
Chris is expert in all the clinical, causation and procedural issues of particular relevance to oncology claims, such as, sadly, the need for deposition evidence in the case of terminal illness and is known for his client care skills and his sympathetic handling of sensitive issues such as life expectancy.
Some examples of Chris’s oncology cases are as follows:
Lump sum of GBP 1.2m (Claim involving a failure to diagnose an ophthalmic brain tumour, leading to effective blindness in a young man. Complex clinical evidence on causation).
Lump sum of GBP 618,000 (Trial award - failure to diagnose prostate cancer).
Lump sum of GBP 500,000 (Death of a wife/mother due to a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer).
Lump sum of GBP 500,000 (Failure to diagnose laryngeal cancer)
“He has a brain the size of a planet.” “He is very thorough and very technically accurate.” “Tactically astute and a poised advocate.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Always extremely well-prepared and on top of all the issues.”
Legal 500 2020
“He’s calm and considered and puts one at ease. He has a great ability to process a lot of information quickly and explain it in a straightforward and effective manner.” “His advice was clear and he was very good in managing client expectations whilst maintaining their trust.”
Chambers UK 2019
“He combines a logical approach with excellent client care skills.”
Legal 500 2019
“He is an excellent negotiator and is particularly good in settlement discussions.” “He has excellent attention to detail and is highly experienced in brain injury cases.”
Chambers UK 2018
“His attention to detail is exemplary.”
Legal 500 2017
“Very knowledgeable, communicative and client-facing.” “He really drills into every case to make sure we’ve got every detail.”
Chambers UK 2017
Recorder - Crown and County Courts
Bencher of Gray’s Inn
BA (Hons) Law/Politics (Durham)