Clinical Negligence

“ ... A leading claimant-focused set... a formidable reputation, eliciting instructions from leading claimant firms... members impress with their ablity to handle matters of wide-ranging value and severity... ”


Our clinical negligence team is led by Simon Taylor QC, a recognised market leader. He heads a team of five highly respected silks and a large number of very able juniors. The leading directories recommend approximately a third of our team for this type of work and praise us for our strong culture of attention to detail, our innovative approach to quantum and our professional and efficient clerks.

Cloisters has always been at the cutting edge of clinical negligence law, playing a lead role in many of the major cases such as A v Powys Local Health Board (£10.7m), the highest ever clinical negligence award at trial and the first to break through the £10m barrier; Masterman-Lister v Brutton & Co and others, the leading Court of Appeal case on capacity; Iqbal v Whipps Cross University NHS Trust leading Court of Appeal case regarding compensation for the “lost years” and the doctrine of precedent; Crofton v NHSLA in respect of the impact of local authority payments on damages for care; and Lucas v Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust, the leading case on disclosure of draft witness statements and expert reports.

In the last year alone our clinical negligence team who are almost invariably instructed on behalf of claimants recovered in excess of £150 million for injured victims.

Our work includes:

  • Birth injury and other brain injury cases
  • Cancer (delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis)
  • Cases arising in all medical specialities
  • Causation
  • Consent to treatment cases
  • Inquests
  • Limitation
  • Medical and related disciplinary matters

Our barristers for Clinical Negligence




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Andrew Rhodes (Pupil)

Year of call: 2015

Catherine Meenan (Pupil)

Year of call: 2018

Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick

Year of call: 2017

Jonathan Cook

Year of call: 2017

Navid Pourghazi

Year of call: 2015

Tom Gillie

Year of call: 2013

Jennifer Danvers

Year of call: 2012

Tamar Burton

Year of call: 2012

Rachel Barrett

Year of call: 2012

Chesca Lord

Year of call: 2011

Sheryn Omeri

Year of call: 2010

Catriona Stirling

Year of call: 2008

Caroline Musgrave

Year of call: 2008

Daniel Dyal

Year of call: 2006

Sarah Fraser Butlin

Year of call: 2005

Hannah Godfrey

Year of call: 2002

Anna Beale

Year of call: 2001

Linda Jacobs

Year of call: 2000

Lisa Sullivan

Year of call: 1997

Martyn McLeish*

Year of call: 1997

Sally Cowen

Year of call: 1995

Daniel Lawson

Year of call: 1994

Yvette Genn

Year of call: 1991

Andrew Buchan

Year of call: 1981

Simon Dyer QC

Year of silk: 2017

William Latimer-Sayer QC

Year of silk: 2016

Patricia Hitchcock QC

Year of silk: 2011

Joel Donovan QC

Year of silk: 2011

Simon Taylor QC

Year of silk: 2003
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