“Advises on fatal cases and claims with an important psychiatric health angle as part of his broader personal injury and industrial disease practice. Recent standout mandates include an inquest into the suicide of a soldier who was released from police custody”.
Strengths: “He doesn’t sit on the fence; he gives a proper opinion on what he thinks and fights hard for the client”. “A good brain; he is shrewd, considers things carefully and is sensible”. Chambers & Partners 2017
“Recommended for claimant clinical negligence representation” Legal 500 2016
Alastair graduated from Oxford University in 1988, having read English Literature. Following employment teaching English as a foreign language he returned to the UK before embarking on his legal career in Manchester following pupillage with Stephen Stewart QC (now Stewart J.).
Alastair acts for both Claimants and Defendants in Personal Injury and Professional Negligence work, but has an exclusively Claimant practice in Clinical Negligence. He has represented clients before all levels of the Judiciary, including the House of Lords. His PI work encompasses maximum severity head and spinal injury litigation and his clinical negligence work includes cerebral palsy and other birth injury as well as surgical mismanagement.
Vastly experienced in this field, Clinical Negligence forms a substantial proportion of Alastair’s practice. He appeared in the Court of Appeal in Evans v Birmingham & Black County NHS Trust and has regularly been instructed as Junior Counsel in high value clinical negligence claims in the High Court. His professional negligence practice includes solicitors’ negligence in PI and clinical negligence cases.
He has advised and acted in a wide variety of clinical negligence cases including surgical mismanagement; delayed diagnosis in cancer and other conditions; birth and neonatal injury; complications following cosmetic surgery and cases involving questions of informed consent.
Alastair has appeared before the GMC (acting for both doctors and the GMC), the CICA (including securing a number of maximum awards following severe head injury) and at many inquests.
Legal Directory Recommendations
“Devotes his time between high-end clinical negligence and personal injury matters, and comes recommended for his superior client management skills. He acts exclusively for claimants across a caseload that includes cerebral palsy, surgical negligence and spinal injury matters.
Strengths: “Gives sensible advice and is practical and realistic. He comes to cases with very sound footing, where he gives clients realistic expectations.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“His strengths lie in litigation arising from brain/spinal injuries, as well as conditions arising from medical negligence.”
Legal 500 2015
“He is experienced in cases involving brain and spinal injuries”
Legal 500 2014
“Acts in a broad range of clinical negligence cases… he is down to earth, approachable and good with clients. He gives sensible and considered advice.”
“He is wonderful at interpreting cases and absorbing material.”
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Alastair has extensive experience in Employers’ Liability work in both accident and disease litigation. He appeared in the Court of Appeal in one of the earliest cases on the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (Pratt v Intermet Refractories Ltd), a case which still appears in Redgrave’s Health and Safety and has undertaken numerous “disease” cases involving Hand Arm Vibration, Deafness, Dermatitis, Stress, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders etc. He was Junior Counsel in the House of Lords cases of Eastwood and Williams v Magnox Electric concerning the “Johnson v Unisys exclusion” and has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in High Court Asbestos litigation.
Alastair has an established reputation gained over many years of Public and Product Liability litigation and has recently been asked to advise in relation to group litigation involving UK prescribed medicines.
Legal Directory Recommendations
An experienced junior who is instructed in an array of personal injury cases, including those stemming from serious brain and spinal injuries and claims concerning EL/PL. Commentators note his grasp of detail and thorough preparation as particular strengths.Book BarristerBack to top
Strengths: “He is a measured and persuasive advocate who reads the tribunal very well and gets good results for his clients.” Chambers & Partners 2016
Alastair has undertaken numerous “disease” cases involving Hand Arm Vibration, Deafness, Dermatitis, Stress, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders etc. He was Junior Counsel in the House of Lords cases of Eastwood and Williams v Magnox Electric concerning the “Johnson v Unisys exclusion” and has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in High Court Asbestos litigation.Book BarristerBack to top
Alastair is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.Book BarristerBack to top