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Mike Hill

Called 2004


Mike has a well-established reputation as a key clinical negligence barrister with a particular focus on dental claims, boasting strong expertise informed by his previous occupation as a dentist. He represents both claimants and defendants in clinical negligence claims of all types.  Recent cases include:

  • Spinal Surgery
    • Inadeuate decompressions
    • Cauda equina
  • Delayed diagnoses:
    • Neoplasias
    • Appendicitis
    • Fractures
    • DVT
    • Vestibular schwannomas
  • Toxicity cases:
    • Clozapine
    • Hypervitaminosis D
  • Orthopaedic surgery:
    • Hip replacements
    • Hip resurfacing
    • TKRs
    • ORIF
  • Abdominal Surgery
    • Bowel surgery
    • Gynaecological surgery
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Gastric banding
  • Dental Claims
    • Periodontal mismangement
    • Caries mismangement
    • Technical execution claims:
      • Crown and bridge placement
      • Endodontics
      • Implant placement
      • Implant restoration
      • Extractions
        • OACs
        • Lingual nerve injuries
        • Inferior alveolar nerve injuries

His expertise and quality of practice is reflected by numerous legal directory accolades:

"He has a good rapport with clients and is excellent with expert witnesses. He is thorough, has a good understanding of the law and, with his dental background, has strong medical knowledge also."  [Chambers & Partners, 2017].

"Extremely good with clients, very clear, and able to explain in easy to understand manner." [Chambers & Partners, 2020].

"Invaluable experience in dental negligence claims." [Chambers & Partners, 2019]. 

"Highly experienced in dental negligence claims" [Legal 500, 2020]

His extensive client base includes leading regional and national law firms as well as insurers.

Mike provides training to the NHS upon medico-legal matters and risk minimisation.  He provides training to lawyers upon medical and dental claims.

Mike has his own clinical negligence and dental negligence focused and blogging website:

"He has invaluable experience in dental negligence claims."

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Mike Hill is a specialist clinical negligence barrister with particular expertise in the field of dental negligence claims. His dual medical and legal qualifications means his is adept at handling the most complex of cases.

He has experience of handling the following medical negligence cases:

As a former dentist, Mike is especially strong in the field of dental negligence claims. He has extensive experience of representing claimants and defendants in cases involving:

  • Delayed or incorrect diagnosis - including oral cancer misdiagnosis
  • Nerve injury
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Restorative dentistry errors
  • Periodontal disease misdiagnosis
  • Mistakes in treatment leading to the loss or damage of teeth
Inquests & Fatal Accidents
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"He is always approachable, extremely knowledgeable and very good on his feet." "He excels in simplifying really complex cases and is very good with clients." Chambers UK 2021

Demonstrates extensive knowledge of Clinical Law generally and dental claims specifically. Is particularly impressive with complex and or high value dental claims, respected by both patients and experts alike. Continues to serve with impressive speed on issues of opinion and drafting.’ Legal 500 2021

"Highly experienced in dental negligence cases" Legal 500 2020

"Extremely good with clients, very clear, and able to explain in easy to understand manner" Chambers UK 2020

"He has invaluable experience in dental negligence claims." Chambers & Partners 2019

"He provides good client care and is especially strong on all matters involving dentists." Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2018

"Very experienced in dental negligence claims" Legal 500 2017

“Has a well-established reputation as a key clinical negligence barrister with a particular focus on dental claims. He represents both claimants and defendants.” "He has a good rapport with clients and is excellent with expert witnesses. He is thorough, has a good understanding of the law and, with his dental background, has strong medical knowledge also." "He always makes himself available and sticks to deadlines." Chambers UK 2017

"As a qualified dental surgeon, is an expert in dental negligence. He also has experience in cases involving orthopaedic and anaesthetic negligence, schizophrenia, alcoholism and severe drug reactions. ‘Recommended for dental negligence.’" Legal 500 2016

"He understands all the issues. He's very impressive; efficient and approachable. His turnaround is really good too." Chambers UK 2016

"Very approachable." Legal 500 2015

"Has a broad clinical negligence practice, and acts for both claimants and defendants. He is a former dental surgeon, and is particularly highly valued for his expertise in dental negligence cases. "He is always willing to help, and he really simplifies complex dental cases."" Chambers UK 2015

"Fantastic attention to detail" Legal 500 2014

"Developing a niche in dental negligence" Legal 500 2013

Notable Cases
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CLAMP v K (2015) Lawtel Document No. AM0202837. Settlement of a complex dental claim for £125,000

HEYES v COOKSON (2016) Lawtel Document No. AM0202902. Settlement of a periodontal mismanagement claim for £85,000

ISHAQ v K (2015) Lawtel Document No. AM0202832. Settlement of a periodontal mismanagement claim for £56,000

MILLS v (1) H (2) B (2015) Lawtel Document No. AM0202834. Settlement of a dental claim for £51,000

POWNALL v A (2015) Lawtel Document No. AM0202836. Settlement of a dental claim for £45,000

RAYBOULD v Y (2015) Lawtel Document No. AM0202833. Settlement of a dental claim for £50,000

WORMALD v STH NHS FT Lawtel Document No. AM0202199. Settlement of a coronectomy claim for £22,000

Wardle v N (2013) LTLPI 7/8/2013. Settlement of an inferior alveolar nerve injury claim

Lingham v Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (2013) LTLPI 7/8/2013. Settlement of a lingual nerve injury claim

GH v WC LTLPI  (2012) 8/10/12

MM v David Paul Eley (2011) LTLPI 29/2/2012

SD v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2011) LTLPI 02/08/11



Personal Details


Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Newcastle 1989

Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation, University of Newcastle 1997

CPE Semple Piggot Rochez 2002

BVC Northumbria 2004


Previous Positions

General Dental Practitioner, NHS, 1989-1992

Dental Officer, Government of the Republic of Seychelles, 1992 - 1993

Partner, Garvey Hill Haigh Dental Group, 1993 - 2004

Part-time Tutor in Conscious Sedation, Newcastle Dental Hospital 1997 to 2004


Professional Associations

Professional Negligence Bar Association

North of England Medico-legal Society

Gray's Inn

North Eastern Circuit 

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