18 St John Street Chambers provide a highly skilled and experienced group of specialists. Alastair Forrest and Christopher Limb are both over 30 years call and have been conducting clinical negligence cases since the start of such work as a recognised area of specialism in the 1980’s.
We cover a wide range of cases including many maximum severity cases. Several cerebral palsy cases are concluded each year. Spinal, orthopaedic, gynaecological, wrongful birth, vascular surgery, amputations, dental and many other subjects are frequently dealt with. Consumer protection law is used in cases such as failed prostheses. Inquests are conducted.
Experience in courtroom advocacy is backed up with equally important skills in the assessment and refinement of expert evidence, expert witness conferences, drafting of pleadings and schedules, and conduct of joint settlement meetings. Experience highlights the problem areas and enables them to be addressed at an early stage.
We pride ourselves on working as a team with solicitors, expert witnesses and clients. We have long experience of working on legal aid, CFAs and BTE insurance-funded cases and will embrace whatever new funding arrangements may develop. We try to never forget the central place of the client and to ensure they are involved throughout and understand the often daunting litigation process.
Both Alastair and Christopher sit in tribunals – Alastair as a legal assessor with the GMC and Christopher as a tribunal Judge with Primary Health Lists.
We offer in-house seminars, typically on a weekday at 5pm. All our speakers are accredited by the Bar Council and The Law Society.