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 personal injury and clinical negligence work in Chambers UK and the Legal 500, having been described therein as “a great all-round barrister” who 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 (2021) as displaying “impressive aptitude in tackling difficult causation and quantum issues in claims involving spinal and brain injuries”. 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 6.5 million at a roundtable settlement meeting.
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 and brain injuries” (2021). 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”. He has recently settled two wrongful birth cases, both arising out of the negligent failure to diagnose microcephaly during antenatal scanning, at roundtable settlement meetings: one (where he acted alone against a Q.C.) for 800,000 and one (with Leading Counsel) for 6 million.
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 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.
"He is extremely analytical and approaches clinical negligence cases forensically and thoroughly. He has a very clear thought process and works through the issues efficiently." "His preparation with experts is outstanding and he delivers his work when he says he will. He's also very good with clients and is approachable and dependable with a sharp mind."
Chambers UK Bar 2022 - Clinical Negligence
"Jamie is a prodigious worker and is highly intelligent."
Legal 500 2022 - Clinical Negligence
“He displays impressive aptitude in tackling difficult causation and quantum issues in claims involving spinal and brain injuries, and offers further expertise in wrongful birth cases.
Strengths: “Very bright, attentive and good on his feet.” “He has a good manner with clients and is very self-assured - he puts people at ease.””
Chambers UK Bar 2021 - Clinical Negligence
“An expert drafter who is excellent at getting to grips with the medical issues in a case.”
Legal 500 2021 - Clinical Negligence
“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 - Clinical Negligence
“A very approachable and likeable character who builds a rapport with clients and instructing solicitors”
Legal 500 2020 - Clinical Negligence
Re B (2020)
Wrongful birth claim arising out of negligent failure to diagnose microcephaly during antenatal scanning. Settled at roundtable conference (with Leading Counsel) for 6m.
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 B (2020)
Wrongful birth claim arising out of negligent failure to diagnose microcephaly in twins during antenatal scanning. Settled at mediation (against a Q.C.) for 800,000.
Re M (2020)
Negligent hip replacement surgery. Complex issues surrounding quantification of value of business for entrepreneur requiring expert accountancy evidence. Settled at a roundtable settlement conference for 700,000.
Re K (2020)
Delay in ophthalmic surgery leading to severe visual impairment. Causation in dispute. Settle at roundtable settlement conference for 700,000.
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)