Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence


Chambers & Partners UK 2017:
Clinical Negligence – Western (Bar) – Band 2 Set


This London set offers a network across England, and has a sizeable group operating on the Western Circuit. Its members undertake complex clinical negligence claims, and are experienced in both NHS and private healthcare matters. They are routinely instructed on behalf a range of clients including those who lack capacity, children and families of the deceased.

Client service: "An excellent service; we can always talk to them." "They have a really good set of clerks who are very user-friendly." Mark Heath acts as chambers director. 


Hamish Dunlop – Band 1
Recognised for his approach to complex cases, he demonstrates particular expertise in handling cauda equina matters. He provides additional support on care and housing requirements, as well as on dependency claims.
Strengths: "He is very thorough and approachable." "His real strength is in the testing of evidence. He can focus on factual evidence and chronology very well."

Mark Lomas – Band 2
Focuses on representing claimants in a wide range of maximum severity cases including those relating to catastrophic injury. His practice covers the London Bar and Western Circuit. He routinely acts in surgical negligence matters and delay in diagnoses. In addition, he is adept at dental claims.
Strengths: "Excellent with clients and experts." "He's exceptional at what he does due to his experience over the years. He instils a great deal of confidence in the clients."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a claimant in connection with a claim for negligent shoulder surgery leading to four revision procedures and permanent restriction of function.

Louis Weston – Band 2
A highly experienced barrister practising across the London Bar and Western Circuit. He handles a range of clinical negligence claims including those relating to delayed diagnoses and cosmetic surgery. He also acts in cases concerning negligent veterinary treatment and veterinary products.  
Recent work: Acted for a claimant in a matter concerning the mismanagement of delivery.


Chambers & Partners UK: Clinical negligence – Western Bar Band 2 Set

“The chambers is praised for the high quality of its individual counsel, with whom solicitors enjoy strong working relationships. The set covers the full range of clinical negligence work, receiving frequent instructions on cases concerning complex injuries. 3PB's members act on behalf of a range of clients, including healthcare providers, individual medical practitioners and individual claimants”.

The 3PB Clinical Negligence Team offers specialist expertise across the full spectrum of clinical negligence law and related areas, including surgeons and hospital physicians, general practitioners, dental surgeons, nurses and midwives, other healthcare specialisms and in related issues of defective implants and other medical products.  Members of the team regularly undertake cases involving difficult issues of causation, including missed diagnosis and loss of chance, and cases of catastrophic injury with the related issues of funding substantial, long term treatment, care, equipment and accommodation requirements, periodical payments and the involvement of the Court of Protection 

Our expert team is nationally recognised and highly regarded with many members recommended in the legal directories for their expertise in this area.

Queen's Counsel

Stuart Brown QC and Nicholas Braslavsky QC have a wealth of experience in clinical negligence law, particularly:

  • Orthopaedic
  • Obstetric
  • Gynaecological
  • Intensive care
  • Anaesthetics
  • Vascular
  • Accident & Emergency
  • Opthalmic
  • ENT
  • Neurology
  • Product Liability (implants, pharmaceuticals, defective blood and organ products)

Junior Counsel

Leading junior members of the team include Mark LomasHamish Dunlop, Louis Weston and Colin McDevitt all of whom are recommended in the Legal Directories for their expertise in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence law.

Instructing Counsel

Members of the team accept instructions for claimants, defendants and interested parties and some are qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis (please contact the clerks for more information). Counsel may enter into conditional fee agreements in appropriate cases.

Cases of Interest

Members of the 3PB team are often involved in high profile cases either due to their legal impact or the wider public interest – please review the member profiles for more details.

Articles/ Lectures

Members have written and lectured extensively on clinical negligence and related topics. Dr Christopher Whelan is a regular contributor to academic and professional journals and a variety of lecture programmes have included topical, bespoke sessions as well as speaking at national conferences with AvMA, PIBA etc.

Related Areas

  • Inquests

Members are regularly instructed in coroner’s court proceedings where Clinical Negligence is alleged.

  • Medical Regulatory

Members frequently act in disciplinary proceedings, both for and against regulatory bodies such as the GMC and NMC – please see our Regulatory & Disciplinary profile for more information.

  • Veterinary Negligence

Members are instructed in cases relating to (alleged) negligent veterinary treatment and defective veterinary products.