Chris is recognised for his particular expertise in conducting major spinal injury claims, whether those involving failed spinal surgery or delays in diagnoses and particularly those involving a multiplicity of complex expert evidence (see below). He has substantial experience in the specialist issues pertinent to SCI claims, such as complete v incomplete SCI and autonomic dysreflexia and syrinx. He is keenly aware of the need for lawyers to see a claimant as an individual, not just as another ‘case’ and the concept of facilitation i.e. by care and support, mobility aids and equipment, to support aspiration and maximise quality-of-life.
Chris is regularly involved in training for the SIA and others upon litigating spinal injury claims. In 2018 he lectured upon key issues in spinal injury litigation at a high-profile/multi-disciplinary clinical and therapeutic training day at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry.
Exemplar cases are:
(Complex 'all or nothing' delayed diagnosis cervical myelopathy claim where permission given for each side to instruct no less than 12 experts on breach of duty, factual and clinical causation and quantum across four disputed scenarios with varying levels of recovery in an already orthopaedically and psychologically challenged claimant. Following intensive negotiations, a settlement of GBP 1m was achieved, subject, unusually, to an approval hearing requested by NHSR, notwithstanding that, at present, the claimant is considered to have capacity).
GBP 1m (Alleged spinal injury as a result of a failure properly to identify and manage ‘spine in line’ the Claimant after a fall from a horse. Factual and clinical causation disputed. Complex issues of imaging, neurology and ‘but for’ recovery, particularly in relation to bladder, bowel, sexual dysfunction and mobility deficits).
"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)