Jamie is widely recognised as a specialist in clinical negligence claims involving spinal injury. 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” (2020).
He has experience of cases of myelopathy caused by infection, including two recent cases involving the failure to promptly diagnose spinal tuberculosis, one of which is ongoing and has a potential value of 2 million, and one which recently settled for 550,000.
He also has experience of claims involving the failure diagnose cauda equina syndrome, including a recent claim where liability was firmly in dispute, but which settled at a roundtable meeting (against Leading Counsel) shortly before trial for a six-figure sum.
Other recent work in this area includes a case of failure to diagnose spinal cancer leading to paraplegia, and a case of spinal cord injury caused by the negligent administration of a spinal block which settled for 450,000.
More generally, Jamie 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 “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
“… He displays impressive aptitude in tackling difficult causation and quantum issues in claims involving spinal injuries, offering further expertise in wrongful birth cases. “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 T (2018)
Failure to diagnose spinal tuberculosis in a prison, leading to spinal cord injury and paraplegia, settled for GBP 550,000.
Re R (2017)
Negligent administration of a spinal block causing spinal cord injury, settled for GBP 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.
Personal Injuries Bar Association
MA (Cantab) Law (Selwyn College, Cambridge University)
BVC (Inns of Court Schools of Law)