Viewing: Medical for John Coughlan

Over the course of his career, and acting for both sides, John has been involved in the widest range of cases involving medical mismanagement.
John has worked over the years on countless cases involving failures in GP care. Beyond these, examples of his cases include prescription errors, errors in paramedic and A and E assessment, missed diabetic conditions and mismanagement of diabetic complications, failures to assess and investigate early signs of cardiac and respiratory complications, failures to act on signs of post-operative infection and sepsis, ophthalmology failures, and failures in psychiatric care.
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.
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
MR v Whittington Health NHST (January 2019)
Successfully defended High Court Trial for Trust alleged to have inserted intra-uterine contraceptive coil without Claimant’s consent
AR v Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHST (November 2018)
Acting for Claimant in a case arising from misdiagnosis of anti-phospholid syndrome, resulting in loss of career as police officer. Liability disputed but resolved at JSM for 400,000
AR v Central Manchester UHNHST and ors (July 2018)
Acting for the Claimant against multiple Defendants in respect of failures in management of vasculitis resulting in seizure and long-term renal damage. Resolved at JSM for 600,000
SB v Queen Elizbeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHSFT (July 2018)
Acting for Claimant on Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from death of partner due to failure to manage listeria meningitis. Complex issues of medical causation. Case resolved at mediation for 240,000
JM v (1) Utopia Bathrooms (2) University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (3) GA (4) Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (February 2018)
Acting for two Defendant Trusts in a mixed personal injury and clinical negligence claim, concluded at mediation for gross damages of 950,000
MD v Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust (January 2018)
Acting for the family of a detained psychiatric patient who died from pulmonary embolism contributed to by immobility and dehydration, where there had been delays in instituting proper fluids and medical management. Appearing at Inquest and subsequently acting through to settlement at JSM for damages of 600,000
SL v (1) Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (2) University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC 1900
Acting for both Defendant Trusts throughout and at Trial, successfully defended a claim arising from arm amputation following cardiac surgery. The Claimant criticised several periods of delay in returning her to theatre and the quality of surgery when she arrived. Likely value in excess of 1m had the claim succeeded
CT v Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 3244
Acting for the Defendant Trust at Trial, successfully defended a Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from alleged delay in A and E and subsequent investigations of signs of oesophageal cancer
Re TB (April 2017)
Advising the Claimant and her children in Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from the death of her husband from a heart attack shortly after discharge from a minor injuries unit. Liability disputed but claim settled for 337,500
PR v Royal Berkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 719
Acting for the Claimant in a quantum-only Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from the failure of an A and E department to investigate the early signs of DVT and pulmonary embolism, recovering 200,000 following Trial
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