Jamie practices exclusively in the areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. His practice now primarily focuses upon claims involving catastrophic injury of substantial value.
He 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”.
Jamie has experience in all areas of clinical negligence practice, including those that appear below. For more details in relation of his expertise in the areas of practice that appear below, please click on the links under the “Specialist Areas” heading on this page.
Brain Injury and cerebral palsy
He 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 is currently instructed in a number of cerebral palsy claims of very significant value 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.
He is recognised as a specialist in spinal injury claims. He has been praised by Chambers UK as being “particularly knowledgeable in spinal injury” (2017) and for displaying an “impressive aptitude in tackling difficult causation and quantum issues in claims involving spinal injuries” (2019).
Recent work in this area includes a case of spinal cord injury caused by the negligent administration of a spinal block which settled for 450,000 GBP, and a case involving the failure to diagnose spinal tuberculosis resulting in cervical myelopathy which settled for 550,000 GBP.
Gynaecology, obstetrics and urology
He has extensive experience in relation to such claims and has been recognised in Chambers UK (2020) as “offering … expertise in wrongful birth cases”.
Jamie continues to be involved in a considerable number of claims arising out of the delayed diagnosis of cancer, including colorectal and breast cancers, and is has extensive experience of the complex causation issues that can arise in such claims. He has recently settled a claim for delayed diagnosis and negligent treatment of breast cancer for 135,000 at a mediation, and a case (where liability was in dispute) of delayed diagnosis of anal cancer leading to permanent colostomy for 250,000.
He has been involved in a number of cases involving lower limb amputation, including cases that have settled for in excess of 1 million and is experienced in the issues (such as surrounding prosthetic provision) that arise in such claims.
Jamie has been involved in a number of claims arising out of the suicide or attempted suicide of psychiatric patients, including those treated as inpatients and in the community. Recent work includes a fatal case that settled for 250,000 and a case of attempted suicide by overdose causing significant injury that settled for 100,000.
Jamie is a member of the LexisNexis expert panel for answering queries relating to personal injury claims, and regularly provides seminars to professional clients on a variety of subjects.
“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 details 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.” ““e 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.
Re M (2018)
Negligent hand surgery. Settled at a roundtable settlement conference for 485,000.
Re T (2018)
Failure to diagnose spinal tuberculosis in a prison, leading to spinal cord injury and paraplegia, settled for 550,000.
Re R (2017)
Negligent administration of a spinal block causing spinal cord injury, settled for 450,000.
Re J (2017)
Alleged failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome where liability was firmly in dispute. Settled at a roundtable settlement conference against a Q.C. shortly before trial for a six-figure sum.
Re M (2016)
Negligent abdominal surgery leading to compartment syndrome in both legs, settled at a roundtable settlement conference for 625,000.
Re G (2016)
Negligent abdominal surgery leading to injury to biliary tree, settled for in excess of 500,000.
Re B (deceased) (2016)
Death caused by infection and necrotising fasciitis, settled for 425,000.
Personal Injuries Bar Association
MA (Cantab) Law (Selwyn College, Cambridge University)
BVC (Inns of Court Schools of Law)