John Coughlan QC

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In both his serious personal injury caseload and his clinical negligence practice, John has extensive experience of litigating spinal injury claims.
John’s cases include failures to diagnose or manage cauda equina syndrome, inappropriate surgery, surgical mishap, failures in diagnosing spinal infection, radiology failures and cases involving issues surrounding informed consent.
John’s current workload includes many such cases, and a number of resolved examples appear below.
John is particularly adept handling expert witnesses in conference and at Trial and enjoys working closely with the solicitor client on difficult cases. He is regularly commended for his client care skills.
John is consistently recommended in the directories and has in recent years achieved Top Ranked status from Chambers UK Bar and Leading Individual Tier 1 status from Legal 500.
“He is an absolutely standout barrister who can turn around any kind of case.” “He is able to advise clients in very technical issues in a concise, straightforward manner.” “He has a brilliant manner with clients and has an aura which makes all of those involved feel at ease.”
Chambers UK 2020
“An extremely diligent barrister with a keen eye for the details.”
Legal 500 2020
“He is incredibly calm under pressure and tactically astute. An absolute joy to work with – one of the Bar’s best kept secrets and as good as any junior in London. He stands out for his attention to detail, willingness to be proactive and practical as well as his sympathetic manner with clients”
Chambers UK 2019
“A standout performer”
Legal 500 2019
“Very good with clients, and on technical issues he is second to none. He is efficient and measured with a calm exterior whilst being a shrewd and skilled advocate. He tells it like it is, and his advice is brilliant”
Chambers UK 2018
“A methodical lawyer with a tenacious approach”
Legal 500 2017
“No-one can beat him when it comes to detail. Exceptionally sharp but also has a way of making clients feel utterly at ease. He is a fantastic litigator, always prepared and incredibly pragmatic with real tactical nous. John is a very astute practitioner. He is a really good negotiator.”
Chambers UK 2017
“A fantastic barrister, who achieves exceptional results”
Legal 500 2016
Notable Cases
SA v UHBNHST [2020] EWHC 3384 QB
Acting for Defendant at Trial and in High Court appeal covering many aspects of the law on limitation, including detailed analysis of the application of the s.33 discretion in clinical negligence cases
JE v University Hospitals Birmingham NHST (July 2018)
Acting for Claimant in case arising from “wrong level” spinal surgery with poor outcome. Damages 340,000
JM v (1) Utopia Bathrooms (2) University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (3) GA (4) Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (February 2018)
Having sustained significant spinal injuries in an accident at work, the Claimant further alleged serial acts of clinical negligence on the part of individual practitioners and Trusts providing his care. Acting for two Defendant Trusts in this mixed personal injury and clinical negligence claim, concluded at mediation for gross damages of 950,000
MB v Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (October 2017)
Acting for the Claimant who sustained permanent spinal injury during an operation in her early teenage years. Her youth and her prior condition created uncertainty in casting future damages, especially in relation to her accommodation claim at an uncertain time in the law. Settled at JSM for 1m
Carver v BAA [2008] EWCA Civ 412
Appearing below and in the Court of Appeal in controversial case relating to Part 36 Offers
Collins v Tesco [2003] EWCA Civ 1308
Court of Appeal guidance in relation to the approach to knowledge under Limitation Act 1980 s.14
Queen’s Counsel (forthcoming, 2021)
Director and Member of Chambers Management Committee, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Advocacy Trainer, Midland Circuit
Midland Circuit
Personal Injuries Bar Association
BCL (Oxon) 1998
LLB (Hons) (Bris) 1997