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 general, spinal and neurological surgery.
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 surgical cases are:
Discounted litigation risk lump sum settlement of GBP 1.5m with no Peters undertaking as to existing statutory funding. Extradural collection demonstrable on MRI following spinal decompression surgery mandated immediate surgery but was conservatively managed causing permanent neurological deficits and wheelchair dependency. Particular complexities due to multi-expert dispute as to the extent of the claimant’s ‘but for’ recovery and, due to his pre-existing psychological vulnerabilities, his continuing psychological presentation and overall levels of recovery.
Young claimant suffered multiple gunshot wounds but the defendant hospital staff failed properly to manage damage to the femoral vessels of his left leg leading to repeated surgical intervention and ultimately a below-knee amputation. Settled for a lump sum of GBP 3m (the claimant’s preference) the day before a fully contested 7-day trial involving orthopaedic, vascular, psychiatric, prosthetic, care, physiotherapy and accommodation experts on both sides.
Lump sum of GBP 1.25m (Claim involving a young man who sustained a femoral fracture in a RTA, but who developed an avoidable compartment syndrome in the contra-lateral leg during surgical fixation of the fracture, leading to the above-knee amputation of the uninjured leg. Complex issues on causation involving multi-disciplinary expert evidence).
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)
Chris Bright QC and Teresa Hargreaves secure GBP 1.5m damages for claimant in clin neg spinal surgery claim