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Hylton Armstrong

Called 2008

Hylton specialises exclusively in personal injury and clinical negligence, and is head of Parklane Plowden's clinical negligence group.  Hylton is instructed by both Claimants and Defendants, and regularly acts on a CFA basis.  

Hylton spends most of his time advising, drafting, and attending conferences, inquests, court, and joint settlement meetings, on a wide range of serious clinical negligence matters including claims for and against nurses, GPs, doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare profesisonals.  

Hylton prides himself on working collabratively with solicitors in order to get the best results for his clients, and has built a reputation for being approachable, pragmatic, and effective.  

For several years Hylton has been consistently recommended as a leading Barrister by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for both Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence. He is described as 'approachable', 'thorough', 'pragmatic', 'brilliant in court', a 'superb advocate', and a 'rising star'.  Hylton is currently one of only a handful of clinical negligence specialists in the North East recommended in Band 1 of The Legal 500.  

Hylton has also been appointed as a Deputy District Judge (2019) and Recorder (2020) on the North Eastern Circuit.

 

 


 

"Approachable and thorough." "He's someone who inspires confidence and works collaboratively with clients and solicitors. He has a keen eye for detail and is a superb advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2018
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Personal Injury
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Hylton is routinely instructed on:

  • Road traffic claims involving technical issues under the Road Traffic Act, fraud, and the MIB
  • Employers liabilty claims requiring pleadings, schedules of loss, and advice on liability, procedure, tactics, and Part 36 offers
  • Public, Product, and Occupiers Liability claims under the Occupier’s Liability Act(s), Defective Premises Act,  Animals Act, and Consumer Protection Act

 

Clinical Negligence
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Hylton is instructed on a wide range of serious clinical negligence cases including claims for and against nurses, GPs, doctors, and surgeons.  He has extensive experience of cases involving most areas of medicine, including claims involving orthopaedic, neurological, oncology, obstetric, colorectal, urological, dental, and psychiatric experts.  

Hylton spends most of his time advising and drafting on paper and in conference, attending court for applications and trials, and attending joint settlement meetings and mediations.  

Hylton  is competent to undertake high value and complex cases, is used to working as part of a large teams of experts and lawyers, and is routinely instructed on cases in the High Court. 

 

 

Inquests & Fatal Accidents
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Hylton frequently conducts inquests on behalf of various interested parties arising out of road traffic accidents, medical treatment, accidents at work, and industrial disease cases.

In addition Hylton is routinely instructed to work on claims involving the Law Reform, Fatal Accidents, and Human Rights Acts. 

 

Recommendations
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Chambers and Partners (2021) Clinical Negligence - Band 2

"He is very approachable, on the ball, has a good manner with clients and takes a sensible approach to cases." "He deals with things in an effective and pragmatic manner."

Chambers and Partners (2021) Personal Injury - Band 2

"Very approachable and good with clients. He has strong analytical skills and works hard to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients."

Legal 500 (2021) Clinical Negligence - Band 1

Hylton is extremely approachable and very good with clients. He always sets an agenda for a conference so that the client fully understands the purpose. His advices and notes of conference are also concise and helpful.

Legal 500 (2021) Personal Injury - Band 3

Highly skilled and recommended for complex matters.

Legal 500 (2020) Clinical Negligence - Band 1

"Great at distilling complex cases for clients.

Legal 500 (2020) Personal Injury - Band 3

"Deals with complex matters well."

Chambers and Partners (2020) Clinical Negligence - Band 3

Has an established presence in clinical negligence and receives instructions in a broad range of matters. His expertise encompasses inquests into psychiatric and hospital care, as well as failures to diagnose, extending to cases of patient fatality. His practice features claims relating to cauda equina syndrome, among other conditions.
Strengths:
"He has a good attention to detail and is good with clients."

Chambers and Partners (2019) Clinical Negligence

"He is reliable and has good attention to detail." "Very efficient and gets straight to the point."

Legal 500 (2018/2019) - "He has a good manner with clients."

Chambers and Partners (2018) Clinical Negligence - Band 3: 

Has a growing presence in clinical negligence and receives instructions in a broad range of matters. His expertise encompasses inquests into psychiatric and hospital care, as well as failures to diagnose.

Strengths: "He's very approachable and bright, very good with clients."

Recent work:  Acted for the family of the deceased in an inquest into failings in psychiatric care after an informal patient committed suicide at home after being collected from the care centre.

Chambers and Partners (2018) Personal Injury - Band 3

Has a broad personal injury practice, acting in fast-track and multi-track claims as well as representing clients at inquests. He regularly undertakes cases arising out of RTAs and incidents occurring on  construction sites. He represents both claimants and defendants.

Strengths: "Approachable and thorough." "He's someone who inspires confidence and works collaboratively with clients and solicitors. He has a keen eye for detail and is a superb advocate."

Recent work:  Achieved a favourable settlement for a claimant who suffered a fractured hip and PTSD following a fall on a bus.

Chambers and Partners (2017) - "His advice is very succinct and he is brilliant in court. He is a safe pair of hands, bright and well prepared."

The Legal 500 (2017)- "He is very bright and has a great rapport with clients."

The Legal 500 (2016)- "A conscientious and realistic lawyer."

The Legal 500 (2015) - ‘He is robust and provides good advice; a rising star.’

The Legal 500 (2014) – ‘His personal injury and clinical negligence expertise is complemented by his knowledge of motor-related fraud’

The Legal 500 (2013) – Hylton’s ‘service standards are second to none’.

Notable Cases
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Clinical Negligence

Failure to suture the circumference of a stoma -  Settlement £400k

Failure to diagnose chicken pox and sepsis resulting in death - Settlement £880k

Failure to respond to NHS 111 calls - Settlement £300k

Fatal surgical quantum case - Settlement £200k

Failure to treat postpartum psychosis resulting in suicide - Settlement £250k

Failure to spot bowel perforation during a cholecystectomy – Settlement £115k

Failed sterilisation & wrongful birth – Settlement £37k

Below knee amputation as a result of failure to diagnose Charcot foot – Settlement £120k

Severe damage to brachial plexus during weaver dunn reconstruction - Settlement £180k

Inquests

2 week inquest concerning construction worker who stepped in front of a crate of falling glass 

2 week inquest relating to a steel worker who died when a shard of metal was projected from a test rig manifold

3 day inquest touching the death of an elderly women who died from burns sustained when she fell into a hot bath

5 day inquest relating to the death of an electrical fitter whose clothing caught fire whilst using a grinder in an oxygen enriched dry well

5 day jury inquest touching the death of an informal psychiatric patient who stabbed himself to death immediately after being allowed home

Personal Injury

Bus driver suffered leg fractures causing a permanent exacerbation of type II diabetes -  £223k

Motorcyclist struck at roundabout causing orthopaedic injuries -  £300k

Labourer suffered crush injury to foot -  £292k

Pedestrian struck causing brain injury - £100k

Untraced MIB claim concerning rider of a trike who suffered a head injury – £423k

Technology tutor developed occupational asthma at work - £125k 

 

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Appointments
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Head of clinical negligence subgroup

Deputy District Judge

Recorder 

Personal Details
Education

LLB (Hons) Newcastle University (2007)

BVC, BPP Leeds (2008)

Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

Leeds & West Yorkshire Medico Legal Society

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Action against Medical Accidents (AVMA)

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