Henry Pitchers QC

Viewing: Clinical Negligence for Henry Pitchers QC

Henry took silk on 21st March 2020.
Ranked in Band 1 for Clinical Negligence in the latest Chambers and Partners Guide Henry is described as, “a leading junior who offers expert advice on clinical negligence claims of the utmost severity and complexity. He possesses notable expertise in delayed diagnosis and treatment, and operates a caseload demonstrating significant knowledge of neurological conditions.
“Henry is thorough and approachable.” “He has an excellent grasp of complex medical and legal issues.” “Very good in sensitive situations and excellent with clients.” “He produces excellent pleadings and is very good in conference and great at questioning experts.”
Much of Henry’s clinical negligence caseload is of substantial value, in which he acts from the earliest stages, through to round table meetings and trial. His practice comprises many cases involving catastrophic injuries, in which substantial care and case management packages are required, often together with accommodation claims.
As well as having significant trial experience, Henry regularly appears in Coroner’s Courts across the country, frequently in relation to deaths said to arise wholly or in part from medical treatment or a lack of treatment.
Henry has experience of a variety of clinical negligence cases, including the following areas: brain injury and cerebral palsy; cancer; spinal; obstetrics and gynaecology; surgical and medical.
Further details of Henry’s experience can be found under his specialist profiles.
Recommendations
“He has really good client management skills and is very charming and pragmatic in his advice." "A very thorough and personable barrister.”
Chambers UK 2021
‘Great to work with, both for his thoroughness and preparation as well as his very good client care skills.”
Legal 500 2021- Clinical Negligence
“He’s very personable and nice to work with and makes you feel like you’re part of a team.” “He’s technically able, client friendly and down-to-earth.” “He’s always brilliantly empathic with his clients.”
Chambers UK 2020
“He puts clients at ease and ensures they fully understand their legal position.”
Legal 500 2020
“Henry is thorough and approachable. He has an excellent grasp of complex medical and legal issues.” “Very good in sensitive situations and excellent with clients.” “He produces excellent pleadings and is very good in conference and great at questioning experts.”
Chambers UK 2019
“Enthusiastic, passionate and excellent on his feet.”
Legal 500 2019
“Wonderful at empathising with clients - he is the ideal barrister for a very vulnerable client.” “Extremely good on his feet.”
Chambers UK 2018
“A very personable lawyer, who goes the extra mile for clients.”
Legal 500 2017
“Excellent attention to detail and an easy but confident manner with clients.” “Client-friendly manner.” “He has great empathy and understanding for clients. If you have someone who is very vulnerable he’s just the sort of person to have.” “Written work is excellent, he doesn’t skip any details.”
Chambers UK 2017
“He has a real talent for clinical negligence. He’s knowledgeable and clients find him empathetic and approachable.” “He’s very helpful, very bright, and very good at focusing in on what’s important.” “He is very good with clients. I want a counsel who I know will be friendly and approachable. He is thorough but caring, and helps to achieve the result I want to achieve.” “He has an excellent attention to detail and an easy but confident manner with clients.”
Chambers UK 2016
Notable Cases
Polmear v Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 196 (QB)
Decision of Master Cook on the test of proximity for secondary victims in clinical negligence claims; permission to appeal has been granted and the appeal transferred directly to the Court of Appeal.
Earp v University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust at [2018] 10 WLUK 675
Trial on breach of duty and causation in clinical negligence case. Issues of law concerning inferences from the absence of documentation and the failure to call a significant witness.
Wiselaw Kownacki v Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; HHJ Wood QC; (24 April 2015); Lawtel AC0146913
The trial of a clinical negligence case in which the claimant alleged that his spleen was negligently damaged during abdominal surgery.
Dennison v (1) Dennison (2) Saga Insurance (CC) 24.07.08 Lawtel AC0118457
(Future cost of paid care)
Mitson v Inglis 19 October 2005 (QB)
Silber J (costs orders on appeals)
Chase v Newsgroup Newspapers Ltd [2002] EWHC 1101 (QB)
(Use of medical records)
Memberships
AvMA
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Qualifications
BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Worcester College, Oxford University

Latest News & Publications

The jury has delivered its conclusions following the 7-week inquest investigating the death of Saskia Jones, and Jack Merritt, who were killed by a terrorist attacker in November 2019 when attending an event at the Fishmongers’ Hall at London Bridge. The jury have recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, and concluded that failings by a number of agencies probably contributed to the deaths of Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt....

Date: Fri, 28 May 2021
On 5 February 2021, Master Cook handed down judgment in the case of Polmear and another v Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 196 (QB), dismissing the Defendant’s application to strike out the claims and/or for summary judgment. He gave permission to appeal and made an order “leapfrogging” the appeal to the Court of Appeal, pursuant to CPR 53.23....

Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2021
Henry Pitchers QC, Philip Rule and Ramya Nagesh act on behalf of the family of Saskia Jones...

Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020