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 is approachable, empathetic and patient - he is one of the easiest QCs to work with and is always keen to help and get involved. He’s contactable at all times and genuinely cares about his cases.” “Excellent on paper and he sees the bigger picture and strategy.” “Quick to get to grips with the issues in even the most complicated clinical negligence cases. He asks all the right questions, identifies all of the key issues and makes it look effortless.”
Chambers UK 2022
“Henry is extremely thorough with his paperwork and his understanding of a case. I do not think I have come across a counsel as thorough as Henry. As a result, I cannot recall a case we have lost.”
Legal 500 2022 (Midlands)
“A natural advocate. He is calm and has a way of putting everyone in the room at ease. He leads with quiet confidence.”
Legal 500 2022 (London)
“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
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

Originally broadcast on the 21st January, David, Henry, Esther and Oliver discussed last months judgement handed down by the Court of Appeal in the conjoined cases of Purchase v Ahmed, Polmear v Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust and Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust...

Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2022
David Tyack QC, Henry Pitchers QC, Esther Gamble and Oliver May will present a webinar on Friday 21 January 2022 at 12:30 to discuss the implications of this decision....

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022
No5's Clinical Negligence team appeared in the Court of Appeal to argue the case for secondary victims of clinical negligence...

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2021