Gareth Shires

Call 2007

"He is the go-to person on the Dieselgate claims."

Chambers and Partners, 2024
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Clinical Negligence

Gareth has significant clinical negligence experience in serious injury cases and acts mainly for claimants.

He is keen to be involved with cases at an early stage and is happy to advise informally and meet with lay clients.  He understands the need to ensure that expert evidence is properly handled from the beginning of a case and can provide assistance with the instruction and selection of appropriate experts.

Gareth has experience in a wide range of areas and is confident dealing with complex causation issues, including the difficult area of consent.

Gareth has developed a particular interest in claims involving gynaecological injuries, urinary and bowel injuries including misdiagnosis, late diagnosis (including of cancer) and negligent surgery claims and is sensitive to the impact such injuries have, both physically and psychologically.

Gareth has significant experience of group litigation work relating to defect medical products, particularly gynaecological.  He is currently instructed by multiple claimants bringing claims against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh (‘TVM’) devices and has recently obtained a Group Litigation Order on behalf of almost 200 women to pursue claims relating to the Essure contraceptive device manufactured by Bayer (Karen Louise Tonge and anor v Bayer Public Limited Company and anor [2023] EWHC 1792 (KB)).

Clinical Negligence Cases

Significant recent cases include: 

  • During two operations over several years ureteric stents were not properly sited.  The Claimant developed significant scarring and hernias in his abdominal wall due to corrective surgery and developed an overactive bladder with symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence.  Settlement: £150,000
  • Failures to report and interpret cervical smear tests leading to the avoidable development of cervical cancer.  Invasive treatment leading to long-term bladder and bowel issues and loss of fertility.  Settlement: £1.5 million (led case)
  • Failure to remove an indwelling catheter and fit a supra-pubic catheter, leading to the complete erosion of the urethra and significant urinary incontinence for a period of many years.  Settlement: £125,000
  • Negligent post-operative care leading to the development of necrotizing fasciitis, wound breakdown and the development of hernia.  Settlement: £100,000
  • Negligently delayed diagnosis of Charcot foot leading to unnecessary infection and eventual amputation.  Ongoing.