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Clinical Negligence

Parklane Plowden’s Clinical Negligence Team “boasts outstanding capabilities in diverse clinical negligence claims” [Chambers & Partners, 2017]. We have the largest specialist team of clinical negligence and healthcare law practitioners on the North Eastern Circuit.

Recognised as "the leading chambers on the North Eastern Circuit for complex negligence matters" Chambers & Partners and "one of the stand-out sets in the region when it comes to clinical negligence work" Legal 500.

The team undertakes a wide range of complex and high value clinical negligence, regulatory, and disciplinary work - offering considerable experience and a proven track record in advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and advisory work. 

We work on behalf of Claimants and Defendants and are routinely instructed by nationally recognised solicitors firms acting on behalf of private individuals, large corporations, public bodies, medical defence organisations, and private medical institutions.

Many of the team are widely regarded as leading experts in their field, and we are proud to be home to nearly all the clinical negligence practitioners ranked in the legal directories for the region. Standout individuals who have been recommended by the guides include the likes of Andrew Axon, Elizabeth Hodgson, Howard Elgot, Stephen Friday, Hylton Armstrong, Michael Hill, Richard Copnall, Leila Benyounes, Stuart Jamieson, and Anna Datta.

In addition nearly every member of the team is also an active member on various groups including Action against Medical Accidents [AvMA], The Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society, and The North of England Medico-Legal Society, Professional Negligence Bar Association [PNBA] 

We provide a strong regional coverage from our premises in Leeds and Newcastle and attract national recognition for our expertise.

The team is supported by a stella cast of experienced, specialist, and highly regarded clerks including Michael Stubbs, John Hammond, and Laura Storr.

We pride ourselves on both our commercial approach and commitment to client care. "The clerks give you results not problems. They bend over backwards; if they can do anything to facilitate the case then they'll do it." Chambers & Partners and "The clerks are very switched on and go the extra mile to accommodate urgent requests." "The team is really helpful and the clerking is always seamless."

Clinical Negligence Barristers

Howard Elgot

Called 1974

Christopher Williams

Called 1981

David de Jéhan

Called 1988

Richard Copnall

Called 1989

Jonathan Godfrey

Called 1990

Andrew Crouch

Called 1990

Andrew Axon

Called 1992

Justin Crossley

Called 1993

Elizabeth Hodgson

Called 1993

Stephen Friday

Called 1996

Alan Weir

Called 1996

Kristian Mills

Called 1997

Nicola Twine

Called 1999

Andrew Scott

Called 2002

Stuart Jamieson

Called 2003

Mike Hill

Called 2004

Emma Bennett

Called 2004

Tom Vonberg

Called 2004

Leila Benyounes

Called 2005

Gemma Lieberman

Called 2006

Hylton Armstrong

Called 2008

Anna Datta

Called 2009

Gareth Price

Called 2009

Abigail Telford

Called 2011

Colin Richmond

Called 2012
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2010

Sophie Firth

Called 2014

Peter Yates

Called 2014

Tom Semple

Called 2016

Bethan Davies

Called 2017

Megan Crowther

Called 2017

Jade Ferguson

Called 2017

Areas of Expertise

Catastrophic injuries

brain injuries
fatal medical accidents
cerebral palsy
spinal injuries 

Surgical negligence

nerve and organ damage
failure to remove surgical instruments
incorrect or unnecessary surgery
failure to monitor patient
surgery in a primary care setting

Obstetrics and gynaecological injuries

management of infection and disease


missed diagnosis
delayed diagnosis
reduced life expectancy
premature death

Claims arising from birth

cerebral palsy
brachial plexus injuries
shoulder dystocia
perinatal or neonatal asphyxia
hip dysplasia
secondary victim claims

Orthopaedic & general surgery

missed diagnosis
delayed diagnosis
incorrect treatment and decisions
failures to remove surgical instruments
inadequate review
management of infection

Care and nursing homes

pressure sores
physical and sexual abuse

Cosmetic and plastic surgery

breast implants


missed diagnosis
delayed diagnosis
failure to refer
failure to treat

Medical complications

diabetic related complications
management of infection
delayed management of sepsis
stroke management
recognition of congenital disorders in infants


dental negligence
ophthalmic negligence
prescription and dispensing errors
product liability
Cauda Equina syndrome
psychiatric care


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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