Our Expertise

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Stuart Jamieson

Stuart is a specialist in high value, complex clinical negligence and personal injury disputes. The <em>Legal 500</em> [2021] states that Stuart, “<strong><em>always provides top quality, down-to-earth advice in the field of PI and medical</em></strong><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>negligence</em></strong><strong>”</strong> <em>Chambers and Partners</em> [2019] finds, <strong><em>“His level of service, willingness to help and general competence is above reproach – he is excellent all round.”</em></strong> Stuart is, “<strong><em>great with clients and has great communication skills,”</em></strong><em> </em><strong> </strong>[<em>Chambers and Partners</em>, 2021] Stuart, “<strong><em>pays high attention to detail and works through issues in a very logical and clear</em></strong><strong> </strong><strong>manner”</strong> [<em>Legal 500</em>, 2021] In clinical negligence Stuart is particularly experienced in claims involving delay in diagnosis of cancer or sepsis, brain injury and those resulting in death, fatal accident dependency claims. In personal injury his particular specialisms are in claims under the Animals Act 1971, accidents at work, road traffic accidents and those involving a human rights element. In clinical negligence it is noted that Stuart, “<strong><em>is able to identify the key issues quickly and identify a clear direction the case needs to take”</em></strong><strong> </strong>[<em>Legal 500</em>, 2021] Stuart’s specialism in hybrid common law and Human Rights Act claims is complemented by his prior experience of undertaking local authority child protection cases earlier in his career in him now undertaking claims made on behalf of children or adults that have suffered serious physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Stuart is instructed by leading personal injury, abuse and clinical negligence solicitors with a national reputation, undertaking both Claimant and Defendant work. Stuart acts for, “<strong><em>both claimants and defendants in complex personal injury cases. He regularly acts for clients with life-altering injuries arising from accidents at work as well as serious traffic accidents</em></strong>” [<em>Chambers &amp; Partners</em>, 2020]. It is noted that Stuart, <em>“</em><strong><em>Performs impressively in joint settlement meetings.</em></strong><em>”</em><em> </em>[<em>Legal 500</em>, 2020] Recent cases include: <em>Marshall (a protected party) v Strainge</em> – Settlement of £2,500,000 in a claim by an injured motorist, for a profoundly injured motorist suffered brain damage and with liability in dispute DC on behalf of RH, deceased – High value clinical negligence claim heard at trial in the High Court and involving death following delay in the diagnosis of cervical cancer GXM on behalf of JXM, a protected party – Approval of settlement before HHJ Mark Gargan, in a claim for the delay in diagnosis of sepsis, breach of duty and causation disputed throughout contested proceedings Stuart is the North Eastern Circuit representative for the Personal Injury Bar Association and sits on the Executive Committee at national level Stuart sits as a Deputy District Judge (Civil)

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 &amp; 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, <a href="http://oldsquare.co.uk/news-and-media/cases/the-claimants-appearing-on-the-register-of-the-corby-group-litigation-v.-co">Corby</a>. Mr Wilby has had numerous appearances in the National Press and on Television due to the success of the <strong>Corby</strong> 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.

David Reade QC

David is recognised as one of the country’s leading silks in commercial litigation and employment law. He has appeared in many leading authorities. His approach to work is reflected by the quotations which appear from his clients in Chambers &amp; Partners and the Legal 500. Chambers &amp; Partners 2013 describe David as a <em><strong>"delightful guy who is very sharp-witted and highly approachable"</strong></em>, <em><strong>"imaginative in his thinking"</strong></em> and his <strong><em>"courtroom performances are extremely smooth and authoritative</em>" </strong>impressed sources say. In the last two years the directories have quoted clients as saying of David that he was <em><strong>"clear, practical and extremely effective.” </strong></em> <strong><em> "a robust and fearless presence,”</em></strong>, <em><strong>"able to deal with really knotty issues”</strong></em>, <em><strong>"vivacious, bold and brilliant","pleasingly straightforward” </strong>and <strong>"helpful in getting you out of a tight spot”.</strong></em> He brings to his work experience across a broad spectrum of legal practice which has refined as his career has developed into his present fields of specialism. In dealing with clients he prides himself on being approachable and providing a service geared to the needs of the client for, as one of his clients said, he is not a  'one size fits all' type of practitioner; he tailors his approach to each client and case with great meticulousness."<em> .</em> He is also an ADR qualified mediator. David Reade QC is a Door Tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers.

Jo Delahunty QC

Jo specializes in contentious and highly complex cases at High Court level and above involving: <ul> <li>The death of/catastrophic injuries to a child</li> <li>Non-Accidental Head Injury (NAHI)/ Shaken baby allegations (TRIAD cases)</li> <li>Vitamin D/Rickets/EDS/ genetic disorders and congenital malformations which can mimic child abuse</li> <li>Fabricated Induced Illness (FII) allegations</li> <li>ISIS cases: alleged radicalisation of children/ risk of flight to Syria</li> <li>Sexual abuse (Intergenerational/ Inter sibling/ maternal rape/ genital mutilation/ internet exploitation)</li> <li>Ritualized child abuse/cultural practices such as Kndoki</li> <li>Child protection cases involving concurrent criminal prosecution attempted murder/ child cruelty and neglect/ sex offences</li> <li>Parent or subject child with disabilities (with a particular interest in Child in Need and the rights of, and services for, a disabled child and /or adult parent within care proceedings)</li> <li>Cases involving cross examination of a child or vulnerable adult</li> <li>Re-litigation/challenge to historic findings of abuse based on emerging science/ fresh factual evidence.</li> </ul> Complex private law proceedings involving allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect (alcoholism/ psychiatric issues) involving transfer of residence applications and contact disputes are a natural corollary to her practice. Alongside her practice in the Family Division, Jo Delahunty QC worked alongside Mike Mansfield QC and Barristers from Garden Court Chambers and Doughty Street to represent 77 families at the Hillsborough inquests. On 26.4.16 the longest running Inquest in English legal history came to an end and the jury found that the 96 victims of the disaster who died on 15.4.89 were unlawfully killed and that no fan behaviour caused or contributed to the deaths. Jo Delahunty QC was responsible for leading the team on behalf of 77 families that successfully exposed the failures of the South Yorkshire Ambulance Service to respond to the disaster and the jury found that those failings were so fundamental that they led to or caused loss of life. Jo  has been ranked as a ‘Top Ranked Silk’ by Chambers and Partners in successive editions including the most current. She has been named a ‘Top Tier ‘Leading Silk by The Legal 500 in successive editions including the most current. Jo has had numerous articles published in legal journals and has also gained acclaim for her seminars delivered to Barristers, Solicitors, social work and medical professionals and the public on family law matters and access to justice. Jo has spoken on joint platforms with speakers who are as passionate about child protection and fairness and equality issues as she is: notably the Association of Lawyers for Children, The Criminal Bar Association, the Academy of Experts, and most recently spoke at the launch of  ‘Behind The Gown’. Jo has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Seventh Edition of The <a href="https://www.bestlawyers.com/current-edition/United-Kingdom">Best Lawyers</a> in the United Kingdom for her work in Family Law. Jo Delahunty is a Door Tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers. Jo has been shortlisted for ‘Family Law QC of the Year’ at the 2018 <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/images/source/Family-Law-QC-of-the-Year_JoDQC.jpg">Family Law Awards</a>. Nominated at the 2018 <a href="https://first100years.org.uk/inspirational-women-in-law-award/">Inspirational Women in Law Awards</a> in the Champion of the Year category. Appointed <a href="https://www.gresham.ac.uk/news/jo-delahunty-appointed-emeritus-professor-of-law">Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law</a> in 2020. Made a Fellow of Gresham College in July 2020. Shortlisted for ‘Family Law QC of the Year’ at the 2020 LexisNexis <a href="https://www.familylawawards.com/ehome/fla20/shortlist/">Family Law Awards</a>.