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” (2019).
He has experience of claims involving the failure to 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.
He has experience of cases of myelopathy caused by infection, including two cases involving the failure to promptly diagnose spinal tuberculosis, one of which is ongoing and has a potential value of GBP 2 million, and one which recently settled for GBP 550,000.
Other recent work in this area includes a case of failure to diagnose a spinal tumour leading to paraplegia, and a case of spinal cord injury caused by the negligent administration of a spinal block which settled for GBP 450,000.
More generally, Jamie is consistently ranked as a leading barrister for clinical negligence work in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500, having been described therein as “a great all-round barrister” who is “frequently instructed in high-value matters of extreme severity”, “fiercely intellectual, with a very analytical brain” with “an excellent grasp of complex medicine”, and an “empathetic and approachable attitude” that results in an “ability to build a rapport with clients from a wide range of backgrounds”.
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.”
“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.”
Recent work: “Achieved a favourable settlement for the claimant in a case alleging negligent administration of a spinal block during an operation, resulting in spinal cord injury.”
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
“Can always be relied upon to provide a definitive opinion when required”
Legal 500 2015 - 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)