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Stuart Brown QC

Called Called in 1974



About Stuart Brown QC

Stuart Brown QC retired from practice at the end of 2016 and he now sits in a judicial capacity only.

For more than 20 years in silk Stuart has focussed upon cases involving catastrophic injury whether arising at work, on the road or as a result of clinical negligence. His medical knowledge and expertise is such that he is on occasions asked to act in criminal and family cases where medical issues arise.

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Personal Details

Education: Worcester college, Oxford B.A. B.C.L. (1st Class)
Professional Associations: Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA), Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA), Association of Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA), Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
Appointments: Called 1974; Q.C. 1991; Recorder 1991-date; Deputy High Court Judge 1994-date; Fee paid Judge Mental Health Tribunal 2000-date; Head of chambers 1998-2007 and 2009-12; Leader of North Eastern Circuit 2008-11.

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers & Partners 2016 (Clinical Negligence)

"Acts in a wide range of maximum severity cases, including those concerning cerebral palsy, obstetric negligence and catastrophic injuries. He also handles criminal and childcare cases which concern medical issues."

Strengths: "He's very careful and analytical, which comes across very well in negotiations."

Chambers & Partners 2016 (Personal Injury)

"Highly experienced silk whose personal injury work focuses on catastrophic injury caused by RTAs, clinical negligence or other accidents."

Strengths: "He is robust, very intelligent and thorough."


Legal 500 2015

"a highly polished barrister who commands the utmost confidence."


Chambers and Partners 2015 (Clinical Negligence)

"Acts for both claimants and defendants in cases of severe injury. He is noted for his considerable expertise on obstetric negligence issues."

Expertise: "He's a highly experienced advocate who exhibits fantastic judgement."


Chambers & Partners 2015 (Personal Injury)

"A seasoned personal injury counsel acting on behalf of both individuals and insurers. With over 20 years in silk, he has rich experience in handling serious RTA injuries, occupational disease and various kinds of liability mandates."

Stuart has featured for many years in both Chambers and Legal 500 guides as being highly regarded in both personal injury and clinical negligence. He has also been described as being "technically excellent and very academic. He is super clever but also displays impressive client skills" (Chambers & Partners 2014). He is “authoritative and hugely experienced” and "noted for Clinical Negligence matters" (Legal 500 2012 & 2013) and noted as being “a vastly experienced silk whose practice is concentrated on catastrophic injury claims” who is "especially excellent on high-value claims."(Chambers UK 2013)

Reported Cases

Examples of reported cases

McCoy V East Midlands SHA [2011] EWHC 108

Misreading of CTG tracing

Legal Services Commission v Rasool [2008] All ER (D) 43 (Mar); [2008] WLR (D) 75.
Limitation case concerning an action to recover costs under a revoked legal aid certificate.

R (on the application  of B)  v C.I.C.A. [2007] PIQR Q4

Deductibility of local authority benefits in CICA award

Catholic Care and Home Office -v- Young [2007] 1 All ER 895

Limitation in case of historic sex abuse.

Bright BJ (a minor by her father and litigation friend Peter Bright) v Barnsley District General Hospital NHS Trust [2005] Lloyds Rep Med 449 ; LTL/31/1/06

Cerebral palsy caused by profound hypoxia at 36 weeks. Failure to diagnose IUGR.

Dowson -v- Sunderland H.A. [2004] Lloyds Law Rep. Med 177
Cerebral palsy alleged to have arisen consequent upon cerebral infarct.

Re X Trust [2002]
Wrongful insemination of a mother with another man’s sperm.

AB -v- National Blood Transfusion Service [2001] 3 All ER 289
Product liability claim on behalf of hepatitis C transfusion recipients.

Palmer -v- Marks & Spencer PLC [2001] EWCA Civ 1328
Application of Working Places Regulations to minor tripping hazard.

Schofield -v- Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [1998] 1C.R. 193
Nervous shock sustained by policewoman following firearms discharge.

Swain -v- Puri [1996] P.I.Q.R. P442
Child trespasser - ambit of 1984 Occupiers Liability Act.

Hepworth -v- Kerr [1995] Med L.R. 139
Damage sustained under hypertensive anaesthesia.

National Rivers Authority -v- Yorkshire Water (H.L) [1995] A.C. 444
Liability of statutory body for escape of sewage caused by act of third party.

Thompson -v- Smiths Ship repairers [1984] 1 All E.R. 881
Leading authority on industrial deafness.

Saunders -v- Leeds Western Health Authority [1984] 129 Sol Jo 225
Res ipsa application to anaesthetic mishap.



Stuart has been an occasional contributor to the Journal Of Personal Injury Law and Clinical Risk in relation to some of the reported cases listed above



Stuart has been a regular speaker at a number of Northern Medico-Legal societies and at national conferences organised by AVMA, PIBA and others. Please contact his clerks for details.

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