Jamie has considerable experience of brain injury litigation and was recognised in Chambers UK (2018) as being “frequently instructed in high-value matters of extreme severity, including those concerning brain damage”.
He has considerable experience of cerebral palsy claims and is currently instructed in a number of such claims of very significant value, both with and without Leading Counsel. He has recently drafted an Advice for court approval of interim payments in excess of 1.4 million in one such claim.
He also has considerable experience of other brain injury litigation arising out of clinical negligence, and recently (with Leading Counsel) settled a claim involving brain damage and uncontrolled epilepsy following a delay in diagnosis of mastoiditis leading to brain empyema for 5.5 million at a roundtable settlement meeting.
Other recent work in this area includes and an ongoing claim arising out the negligent over-correction of sodium levels during alcoholic withdrawal leading to brain injury, and an ongoing claim relating to negligent surgery for a brain tumour in a child, leading to brain injury and death.
More generally, Jamie is consistently ranked as a leading barrister for clinical negligence work in Chambers UK and the Legal 500, having been described therein as “a great all-round barrister” who “has a particular focus on cases involving catastrophic injury and death” and is “likeable, very approachable” with “an incredibly sharp mind”.
For details of the other specialist areas of Jamie’s clinical negligence practice, please select his Clinical Negligence CV from the drop-down menu at the top of this page.
“Junior counsel with a strong claimant practice across a variety of complex clinical negligence instructions. He displays impressive aptitude in tackling difficult causation and quantum issues in claims involving spinal injuries, offering further expertise in wrongful birth cases.” Strengths: “He has an excellent eye for detail and grasps complex medical and legal issues swiftly, providing detailed advice.” “He is really efficient, very thorough and he will go above and beyond for his client.”
Chambers UK Bar 2020 - Leading junior, clinical negligence
“A very approachable and likeable character who builds a rapport with clients and instructing solicitors”
Legal 500 2020 - Leading junior, clinical negligence
“Aside from having an excellent grasp of complex medicine, his main strength is his ability to build a rapport with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, which is very important in this area. Clients really appreciate his ability to explain complex aspects to them in a straightforward manner.” “Fiercely intellectual, with a very analytical brain.”
Chambers UK Bar 2019 - Leading junior, clinical negligence
“He has an incredibly sharp mind”
Legal 500 2019 - Leading junior, personal injury and clinical negligence
“He is frequently instructed in high-value matters of extreme severity, including those concerning spinal injury, brain damage and mental health issues. Commentators appreciate his highly approachable manner. Strengths: “He easily gains clients’ trust and confidence with his empathetic and approachable attitude.” “He gets to the crux of the case very quickly and has a very analytical brain.””
Chambers UK Bar 2018 - Leading junior, clinical negligence
“A knowledgeable barrister, who gives clear, assertive advice.”
Legal 500 2017 - Leading junior, personal injury and clinical negligence
“… frequently instructed in high-value matters of extreme severity …particularly knowledgeable in spinal injury … very thorough in dealing with experts … very approachable, nice style”.
Chambers UK Bar 2017 - Leading junior, clinical negligence
“A great all-round barrister”
Legal 500 2016 - Leading junior, personal injury and clinical negligence
Re M (2020)
Delay in diagnosis of mastoiditis leading to brain empyema causing brain damage and uncontrollable generalised epilepsy. Liability initially in dispute. Settled at a roundtable settlement conference (with leading Counsel) for 5.5m.
Personal Injuries Bar Association
MA (Cantab) Law (Selwyn College, Cambridge University)
BVC (Inns of Court Schools of Law)