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Hamish Dunlop

Hamish Dunlop

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Hamish Dunlop is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Clinical Negligence - Western (Bar) - 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."

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Clinical Negligence - Western (Bar) - Band 1

Has a strong practice focus on clinical negligence work, with complementary experience in the related areas of care and housing requirements for the afflicted. He particularly specialises in dependency claims being brought by spouses, children and partners.

Strengths: "His strengths are the way he handles sensitive clients with serious injuries, emotional clients, and his technical ability." "His attention to detail, responsiveness and client care are the best of the best."

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

Clinical negligence – Western Bar Band 2 Set

Hamish Dunlop - Undertakes a wide range of work, with proficiency in cases relating to accommodation needs and lifetime care. In addition, he specialises in dependency claims brought forward by partners and children.
Expertise: "He's extremely user-friendly and clicks very well with clients."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

Clinical Negligence - Western (Bar) – Band 1

Hamish Dunlop, a barrister with a significant reputation in the field. He is noted for his expertise in high-value serious injury and fatality claims.
Expertise: “He has extreme attention to detail and exceptional client care skills.” “He is brilliant. I always recommend him as my first choice for clients.”

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Hamish Dunlop is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors
Hamish Dunlop -
He has excellent rapport with clients and is truly knowledgeable in the complex field of financial remedy.

Hamish Dunlop is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors
Hamish Dunlop - He has a fantastic rapport with clients and really knows his stuff

Hamish Dunlop is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise in the Western Circuit for his Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence expertise. 
3PB’s Hamish Dunlop - “Highly skilled in respect of pleadings, court presence and dealing with experts.”


Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Hamish is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence barrister who enjoys a formidable reputation for his expertise and client friendly manner.  He advises and represents clients on a range of personal injury and clinical negligence claims, involving both serious injury and death.  His practice includes high value and sometimes high profile claims and he advises on personal and medical short term and long term care and life time housing requirements where appropriate.

He also undertakes product liability claims.  Hamish is experienced in claims involving: housing requirements; lifetime care and complex dependency claims.  As an ancillary relief practitioner, he has a particular specialism for dependency claims by wives; partners and children.

Regarding his clinical negligence advice has included failures in GP referrals leading to: cauda equina lesions; subarachnoid haemorrhage; and limb amputations.  His claims against hospital specialists have included A&E Departments; obstetrics; orthopaedic and general surgery.  Hamish sits as a legal assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council Disciplinary Committees.

Recent notable cases

H v R (2014)
1 of 4 cases in 2014 where Hamish has been instructed in the Jersey Royal Court.  RTA involving significant lower limb injury.  Life time loss of earnings and care pleaded (£800K).  Settled on a Blamire award at a round table meeting.

Personal representatives of the estate of B v MoD (2014)
Clinicians employed by the MoD failed to diagnose Mrs B’s developing breast cancer.  The Ministry have recently admitted liability for the failures in circumstances where (it is conceded) appropriate treatment would probably have saved her life.  £500,000 claim.

W v Dr C and Dr F (2014)
Negligent failure by GPs to diagnose a developing cauda equina lesion.  The Claimant has limited residual earning capacity and a lifetime care claim.

V v a UK NHS Trust (2014).
The Claimant was a professional rugby player who fractured his scaphoid playing rugby.  The Defendant’s clinicians missed the fracture.  The delay in treatment caused significant persisting symptoms and curtailed the Claimant’s professional rugby career.

M v M (2013)
The Claimant sustained a significant haematoma in the fontal lobe following a rear end shunt.  He thereby sustained significant brain damage.  The Claimant suffers from: a spastic tetraparesis; he cannot stand and he exhibits limited signs of conscious activity.

Personal representatives of the Estate of Mr J (deceased) v WA (2013). 
Fatal road traffic accident in which a (dentist) motorcyclist was killed.  The Dependency claim was pursued by his former wife, minor daughter and his parents.

Personal representatives of the Estate of Mr E v NT (2013). 
Fatal road traffic accident involving claims by various children of the deceased and his former partner.

M (Claimant) v Dr C and NHS Direct (2013) 

Failed diagnosis by NHS Call Direct GP and nurse. They both failed to diagnose a subdural haematoma which led to an aneurysm and very significantly cognitive and functional impairment. The Claimant requires long term care in a residential setting.

JR v University Hospitals NHS Trust and another (2013). 
Failure by 2 Hospital Trusts adequately to diagnose and treat a developing cauda equina lesion.    The Claimant continues to suffer from: long-term bowel and bladder dysfunction; sexual impairment; significant reduction in mobility and loss of earnings.

Personal Representatives of the Estate of Mr C v Professor MW and another (2013).
Negligent performance of a laparotomy and repair of aneurysm. The surgical team failed adequately to diagnose and manage coagulapathic bleeding.  The negligent treatment led to the patient’s death within hours of the operation.

See also

Practice Groups

  • Family
  • Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Expertise

Areas of Expertise

  • Family
  • Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Specialisms

News

March 27 2017:

3PB’s Head of Family Law Group Hamish Dunlop, led by Nigel Dyer QC, represents respondent in Owens v Owens ...read more


March 24 2017:

Head of 3PB’s Family Law Group Hamish Dunlop draws conclusions from The Blue Cross and others v. Heather Ilot [[2017] UKSC 17] ...read more


October 23 2015:

Hamish Dunlop, Head of Family Law Group, provides insightful commentary on Sharland and Gohill cases ...read more


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Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate

Professional Bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit