William Latimer-Sayer QC
Year of Silk/Call: 2016/1995
Clinical Negligence | Personal Injury
Acted for the claimant in Robshaw who achieved the highest ever court award following a contested trial of £14.5m. "Widely considered to be a leading light... at the cutting edge of personal injury quantum... He's the guru on quantum... He's extremely thorough, always well prepared and on top of his game... He has a vast intellect and skill set... He is reassuring to clients and he achieves fantastic results... His superb attention to detail and analytical skills are unrivalled... He is also an impressive advocate with excellent interpersonal skills." Chambers and Partners 2019
Although he accepts work on behalf of claimants and defendants, he generally tends to act for claimants. William is the General Editor of Schedules of Loss: Calculating Damages (Bloomsbury Publishing, 3rd edition 2010), the leading practitioner textbook on schedules of loss. In 2011 following an invitation from the Chairman, he became a member of the Ogden Working party, which is responsible for drafting the Ogden Tables, used by all practitioners and judges to assess damages in personal injury and clinical negligence cases.
William was instructed in the highest five court awards ever made (William being the only common link between the cases): Robshaw v United Lincolnshire NHS Trust  EWHC 923 (£14.6 m); A v Powys Health Board 2007 (£10.7 m); Totham v King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 97 (QB) (£10.1 m); Farrugia v Burtenshaw & others  EWHC 1036 (QB) (£9.7 m); and XXX v Strategic Health Authority  EWHC 2727 (QB) (£9.4m). Other notable cases include: Majrowski v Guy's & St Thomas's NHS Trust  UKHL 34; Sarwar v (1) Ali (2) MIB  LS Law Medical 375; Iqbal v Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 1190;  PIQR P9;  LS Law Medical 22; Noble v Owens  1 WLR 2491; and JXMX v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust  Med LR 103.
William also undertakes liability work, particularly involving complex causation or medical issues, a recent example being the successful 16 day liability trial of Coakley v Dr Rosie. Another recent success was the intervention on behalf of PIBA in Court of Appeal case of JXMX concerning anonymity for claimants at approval hearings.
William was nominated for the Chambers and Partners' Personal Injury Junior of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning in 2008 and 2010.
• Chambers and Partners 2019 (Clinical Negligence): "Applauded by market sources for his expertise in quantum, an area in which he is deemed to be unrivalled. He has a vast intellect and skill set, and is equally capable in handling clinical negligence and personal injury cases. "He is reassuring to clients and he achieves fantastic results." "An incomparable mastery of quantum and an innovative approach to cases." "His superb attention to detail and analytical skills are unrivalled. He is also an impressive advocate with excellent interpersonal skills."
• Legal 500 2019: "Impressive intellect, great with clients, amazing attention to detail and brilliant on quantum."
Chambers and Partners 2016: "His attention to detail is extraordinary; over and above what other counsel would do"
• Legal 500 2016: "In a class of his own and the weapon of choice for quantum cases"
• Chambers and Partners 2014: "Revered by sources as a market leader for quantum cases." "An all-time favourite" for many instructing solicitors who value his "exceptional grasp of medical information" in the most difficult cases.
• Legal 500 2014: "For some, Cloisters' William Latimer-Sayer is 'an absolute star, and the best personal injury junior in the UK." "Well known for his 'supreme abilities on quantum'
• Chambers and Partners 2012: "Peers and lawyers acclaim the "accessible, savvy and meticulous" William Latimer-Sayer as a star performer whose "marvellous grasp of detail and level of attention to detail are second to none." "outstanding junior" who is known for his thoroughness and for his "mastery of quantum." He has a fantastic practice of high-value claims. His cases include Wasim Mohamed, which, at the time, was the highest-value reported settlement for a road traffic victim."
• Legal 500 2011: "destined for very high places” and is currently a “first-rate senior junior." “receives numerous accolades for his ‘tremendous mastery of quantum issues."
• Chambers and Partners 2011: “A standout junior at the set who draws nationwide praise. A man of "superb intellect and great attention to detail," he is noted for the "innovative" approach he takes to cases. He has been acting for families in the Godstone Farm E. coli group action, and recently gained damages in excess of £6 million for the claimant in the tetraplegia case of Pankhurst v White." "phenomenally bright" junior barrister who deals mainly with claims involving catastrophic injuries. He is an expert on quantum, and is widely regarded as having been responsible for the greater attention now paid to this complex area."
Appointments and memberships
Bar Pro Bono Unit
Publications and training
Co-editor of The ABC of Medical Law, Blackwell Publishing
Contributor to Clinical Negligence a Practical Guide, 7th edition, Bloomsbury Publishing
Co-author, PIBA Handbook (3rd edition)
Numerous articles for personal injury and clinical negligence journals
MA in Medical Law and Ethics
JXMX v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 96
Totham v King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 97 (QB);  Med LR 55
Smith v Bailey  EWHC 2569 (QB);  PIQR P3
Coakley v Dr Rosie  EWHC 1790 (QB)
Farrugia v Burtenshaw & others  EWHC 1036 (QB)
Walton v AXA Belgium  PIQR P12
Noble v Owens  EWHC 534 (QB) – trial of remitted fraud allegations
Noble v Owens  EWCA Civ 284
XXX v A Strategic Health Authority  EWHC 2727 (QB)
Iqbal v Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 1190
A v Powys Local Health Board  EWHC 2996 (QB)
Harcourt v Fef Griffin & Others  PIQR Q9
Sarwar v (1) Ali (2) MIB  LS Law Medical 375
Majrowski v Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust  UKHL 34