Henry Pitchers QC

Viewing: Professional Negligence for Henry Pitchers QC

Henry took silk on 21st March 2020.
Henry joined Chambers in 2003, after six years in practise in Lincoln’s Inn. He has been instructed in a wide range of professional negligence work, involving:
Solicitors, Medical practitioners, Surveyors, Estate Agents, and Accountants.
Aside from clinical negligence, the majority of Henry’s instructions in this area currently relate to solicitors. As a member of the Personal Injury Group and Clinical Negligence Group, he is often asked to advise as to failed litigation. He is in a particularly good position to assess the merits and value of proposed claims arising out of injury or disease.
Much of Henry’s work is now of substantial value, in which he acts from the earliest stages, through to round table meetings and trial.
In appropriate circumstances, Henry is prepared to act pursuant to conditional fee agreements.
Henry is a contributing editor to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.
Recommendations
“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
“He is very personable and gives clear advice. He has an excellent client manner and is prepared for a fight.” “He shows massive empathy to seriously injured clients and is a confident advocate.”
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 wonderful client-care skills.”
Legal 500 2016
“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.
Henry is instructed by the lead Claimants in the ongoing Linkwise group action. More than 4,500 claimants have issued claims against a number of retailers alleging they suffered dermatological injuries from exposure to Chinese-manufactured leather furniture containing mould inhibitor DMF. The litigation has been named in The Lawyer’s Top 10 Cases for 2010 (across all categories).
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
24 July 2008
Lawtel number AC0118457 (future cost of paid care)
Mitson v Inglis (QBD)
ilber J (costs orders on appeals).
Chase v Newsgroup Newspapers Ltd [2002] EWHC 1101 (QB)
19 October 2005
use of medical records.
Memberships
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
AvMA
Qualifications
BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Worcester College, Oxford University

Latest News & Publications

The former Chief Coroner, and Recorder of London, HHJ Lucraft QC has released a ‘Prevention of Future Deaths’ report following the inquest into deaths during terror attacks at the Fishmongers’ Hall in 2019...

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021
Henry Pitchers QC, Philip Rule and Ramya Nagesh, instructed by Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors, have presented to the Coroner the family of Saskia Jones’s submissions aimed at exposing the dangers for the future from the failings seen in this case....

Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2021
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