For a long time Karl has been recognised in the legal directories as a “real star in the senior-junior group” and thrives on securing great outcomes, even in difficult cases. He is hailed as “an excellent counsel in every respect”. His practice in conducting high-value cases involving devastating injuries is busy and well established.
Although well versed in neuro, spinal and birth injuries, claimants and defendants alike seek Karl’s input as an advisor and advocate across all cases of particular complexity or sensitivity involving a range of clinical disciplines and multitrack values.
Karl’s experienced and insightful approach, along with a great bedside manner, make him a real asset to challenging litigation. Priding himself on being attentive, accessible and responsive, you will find Karl an invaluable member of your specialist team.
The half dozen or so digests of some of Karl’s cases below provide a flavour of his practice.
“He shows genuine passion and commitment to cases and achieving justice for clients, while being pragmatic. He’s thorough, confident, excellent in negotiations and always approachable.” “Good eye for detail, great strategic ideas.“
Chambers UK 2019
“A very safe pair of hands and a fighter in court.”
Legal 500 2019
“Karl Hirst puts clients at ease without difficulty and has a proactive and strategic approach to cases. He is a good negotiator and gets good results.”
Chambers UK 2018
“He is adaptable – nothing surprises or flusters him.”
Legal 500 2017
Wins unanimous praise from peers, who highlight his engaging manner as a key strength. Has seen a recent uptick in clinical negligence cases involving brain and spinal injuries. Strengths: “His ability to put clients at ease is very useful. He gives pragmatic, sensible advice and he does it very well.”
Chambers UK 2017
“He’s prepared to take on difficult cases and work with the solicitor to achieve a good outcome. He’s a most personable barrister, and has a great bedside manner with clients.”
Chambers UK 2016
Undertakes a wide range of clinical negligence work, including high-value, complex cases such as spinal and brain injury. “He is very good with clients and a very capable advocate.” “He’s just brilliant at coming up with innovative suggestions when you’ve got issues on a case.”
Chambers UK 2015
D v NWL
In this pelvic mesh claim (TVT/TVTO - surgical negligence), the Claimant recovered damages to reflect a perforated bladder, pain and urinary incontinence that required corrective surgery.
Lapses in the quality of diagnostic attempts and treatment arising in a neonate with meningitis.
W v W
Negligently performed hip surgery, settled at GBP 700,000.
M v C
Incorrectly fulfilled prescription in an elderly patient (anti-psychotic medication instead of vitamins) with an adverse reaction to the medicine received, leading to neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Settled at GBP 700,000.
H v N
Failure to diagnose an aortic tear resulted in treatment requiring medication to which there was a recognised adverse reaction (neuroleptic malignant syndrome) and an untimely death.
A v L
Inquest resulting in a verdict of neglect following the inadequate nursing care of a patient who developed horrific bed sores which contributed to death.
A v K
Negligent ritual circumcision by a GP, where the GP denied having performed the procedure.
Failure to diagnose herpes simple virus leading to death. Value: GBP 1m.
U v N
Delayed treatment of cervical myelopathy leading to serious permanent disability. Value GBP 1.5m.
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