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Tom Semple

Tom specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests, and Court of Protection work. He has a particular interest in healthcare matters and is skilled at getting to grips with complex medico-legal issues in difficult cases. His clients praise his attention to detail, personable approach, and pragmatic advice. Tom's clinical negligence practice encompasses both claimant and defendant work. It builds upon his time working for a nationally recognised law firm before coming to the bar. He is experienced in a wide range of complex and high value clinical negligence disputes, including birth injuries, surgical negligence, dental negligence, delays in diagnosis, fatal injuries, informed consent, and material contribution claims. Tom also manages to maintain a broad personal injury practice. He acts on behalf of claimants and defendants at High Court and County Court level. His practice includes employers' liability, public liability (including occupiers' liability, Highways Act, and public nuisance), road traffic accidents, product liability, fatal accidents, and CICA appeals. His inquest work involves acting for families and other interested parties, in both <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Jamieson</em></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Middleton</em></span>-style inquests. Tom regularly acts in inquests concerning hospital and nursing home care, road traffic accidents, and potential breaches of health and safety regulations. He has experience in inquests both with and without a jury sitting. In the Court of Protection, Tom is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, P, and members of P's family. He has appeared in a wide range of disputes, typically arising out of section 16 and section 21A applications. His practice covers both Health &amp; Welfare and Property &amp; Financial Affairs. Recent matters have included disputes over contact arrangements, overlapping jurisdiction with the Mental Health Act 1983, care arrangements, revoking lasting powers of attorney, medical treatment, and capacity assessments.