Chris is Head of the Clinical Negligence Group at No5 and is consistently recommended by the legal directories as a leading Silk who is highly experienced and expert in conducting the highest level of clinical negligence claims, including those arising from medical mismanagement.
Chris is known by solicitors for his approachability in informally screening cases at an early stage and providing constructive advice upon tactics and the instruction of recommended experts, and for his expertise in complex causation and quantum issues and issues relating to CCG/Local Authority statutory funding and PPOs.
Examples of medical cases are:
Lump sum of GBP 900,000 (provisionally for the development of epilepsy, syringomyelia formation or a recurrence of the thoracic arachnoid cyst), and staged PPOs for care/case management of GBP 60,000 pa rising to GBP 150,000 pa for the later years of life). (Catastrophic claim re a failure of hospital staff promptly to diagnose cerebritis before the development of a cerebral abscess leading to significant cognitive and physical disabilities in a 58 year old Claimant now with restricted mobility, significantly dependent and presently lacking capacity (although with further psychological rehabilitation will regain capacity in the near future).
Lump sum of GBP 450,000 (Post-operative hypertension causing avoidable stroke).
Re: J McD.
Lump sum of GBP 455,000 (Avoidable below-knee amputation).
Lump sum of GBP 455,000 (Failure to diagnose epidural abscess).
Lump sum of GBP 550,000 (Death of a husband/father due to a delayed diagnosis of epidural abscess).
“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)