John Coughlan

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John has wide experience of claims arising from obstetric and gynaecological cases across the full range of value. These are sensitive and often tragic in nature.
John’s current workload includes many similar cases to those described below, including shoulder dystocia claims, wrongful births, stillbirth and severe maternal bladder/pelvic injury cases.
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.
Recommendations
“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
EW v South Warwickshire NHSFT (December 2018)
Acting alone for the Claimant in a case involving catastrophic maternal obstetric injury, resulting in significant bladder and pituitary gland damage. Case resolved shortly after JSM against silk for 1.6m
JP (a minor) v Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHSFT (February 2018)
Acting for the Claimant in an obstetric brachial plexus injury case, where liability was established applying Montgomery consent principles of consent and an 800,000 settlement achieved
LH v RUH Bath NHST (September 2017)
Acting for Claimant in obstetric brachial plexus injury claim. Liability disputed and claim settled shortly after JSM for 200,000
FL v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (April 2017)
Along with Leading Counsel, acting for the Claimant in a spina bifida wrongful birth claim, settled at JSM shortly before Trial for damages of 1m
LP (a minor) v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHST (April 2015)
Succeeded at Trial on behalf of Claimant infant who sustained facial injury from misapplication of birth forceps
Re H and T (IVF Wales) (Sunday Times, 14th June 2009)
Advising Claimants in relation to settlement of claim on behalf of parents where frozen embryo aborted after mistakenly being placed into another patient.
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
Appointments
Director and Member of Chambers Management Committee, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Director of Recruitment, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Advocacy Trainer, Midland Circuit
Memberships
Midland Circuit
Personal Injuries Bar Association
AvMA
Qualifications
BCL (Oxon) 1998
LLB (Hons) (Bris) 1997