Jamie has wide experience of claims arising out of surgical errors.
He has particular experience of cases involving negligent abdominal surgery, including two recent cases that each settled for in excess of GBP 500,000: one of which involved negligent injury to the biliary tree, and the other of which led to serious disability as a result of bilateral compartment syndrome.
Other recent work includes a claim relating to negligent hand surgery that settled at a roundtable settlement conference for GBP 480,000.
He has been involved in a number of cases involving allegedly negligent joint replacement and cases where there has been a failure to offer or undertake surgery promptly, and is familiar with the consent issues that arise in such claims.
He also has significant experience of claims involving the failure to provide adequate follow-up care following surgery, and to promptly recognise complications such as nerve damage and infection. He recently settled a case of accessory nerve palsy caused during a cervical lymph node excision at a roundtable settlement conference for GBP 275,000.
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
Re M (2018)
Negligent hand surgery, settled at a roundtable settlement conference for GBP 485,000.
Re P (2017)
Accessory nerve palsy caused during cervical lymph node excision, settled at a roundtable settlement conference for GBP 275,000.
Re M (2016)
Negligent abdominal surgery leading to compartment syndrome in both legs, settled at a roundtable settlement conference for GBP 625,000.
Re G (2016)
Negligent abdominal surgery leading to injury to biliary tree, settled for in excess of GBP 500,000.
Personal Injuries Bar Association
MA (Cantab) Law (Selwyn College, Cambridge University)
BVC (Inns of Court Schools of Law)