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David Wilby QC

Called Called in 1974



About David Wilby QC

David Wilby QC's main areas of practice are clinical negligence and personal injury, in particular cases involving birth related injuries, catastrophic injury, severe brain injury, health and safety, industrial disease and associated limitation issues. He has considerable expertise in high value claims, particularly involving periodic payments and indexation. He is recognised by a number of directories including the Bar as a leading Silk in clinical negligence. He is recognised by Legal 500 2015  and Chambers & Partners 2014 as a leading Silk in Clinical Negligence.

The only personal injury Barrister to be listed in The Lawyer Hot 100, 2010, Mr Wilby QC won Outstanding Case of the Year at The Personal Injury Awards 2009 for his work on the landmark birth defects case, Corby. Mr Wilby has had numerous appearances in the National Press and on Television due to the success of the Corby Litigation. Personal accolades identify that it was "his supreme understanding of the expert evidence that was responsible for the Claimants' success". The Lawyer described David Wilby QC as one of the most sought after Silks at the Bar - renowned in the profession for his efficiency, reliability, conscientiousness and unrivalled grasp of complex expert evidence.

He was Runner-up at the Barrister of the Year Lawyer Awards 2010. He was 1 of 3 finalists for Personal Injury Barrister of the Year at the 2009 and 2010 awards.

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Personal Details

Education: BA (Hons), MA Cantab
Professional Associations: Bar Council, 1997-1999; PNBA, PIBA, FBA, AvMA, UKELA; Associate Member of American Bar Association and of the Tort & Insurance Section and Litigation Section; International Association of Defense Counsel - IADC (USA) - by election Commonwealth Lawyers Association; North Eastern Circuit
Appointments: Deputy High Court Judge; 2008, Chairman, Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel; 2007, Member, Judicial Studies Board Civil Committee; 2005, Bencher, Inner Temple; 2002, Chairman, Millennium Bar Conference; 2000, Executive Committee Member, North Eastern Circuit; 1998-2002, Chairman, North America Committee, International Relations Committee of the Bar Council; 1998-2001, Vice-Chairman, Elias Committee - BVC Bar Council; 2000, Member, Bar IT Committee; 1998-2000, Member, Collyer Committee, Bar Council; 1998-1999, Executive Committee Member, Professional Negligence Bar Association; 1997- , Former lecturer in law at Huddersfield University; Visiting teaching in advocacy, NITA training - Nottingham Law School Door Tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers.

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers & Partners 2016 (Clinical Negligence)

"Demonstrates particular expertise in complex cerebral palsy cases, as well as brain and spinal injury claims."

Strengths: "His strengths are thoroughness, intellect and tenacity. He doesn't give up, even on the most difficult of cases."



  • Contributor to Monkman on Employer's Liability, 14th and 15th editions, 2006 and 2009.
  • Editor of Health and Safety at Work Volume 20 Atkins Court Forms, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
  • Co-author of The Law of Damages, Butterworth Common Law Series, 2008 and 2010.
  • Editor of Professional Negligence and Liability Law Reports, Sweet & Maxwell, 1996 - present.


David has extensive experience of organising and co-ordinating lectures and professional education in the United Kingdom and North America including presentations for the English Bar at ABA national conventions. Lectures examples, include:

  • Speaker at National Obstetric Conference, London (23 May 2008)
  • Periodical Payment Orders: Where Next After Thompstone? (Parklane Plowden seminar, 22 May 2008)
  • Legal and Medical Conference 2007, Speaker on cerebral palsy claims
  • Chairman and Speaker at the January 2006 Butterworth's Catastrophic Injury Claims Conference
  • June 2005 presented in conjunction with the Nestor Partnership on periodical payments in high value claims
  • Speaker at the 2004 CTL Conference on Sports Injuries
  • Speaker at JPIL Conference 2002 on Teachers' Responsibility beyond the Classroom
  • Has chaired meetings on the 1992 HSE Regulations and upper arm disability for CLT.
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