With extensive experience of clinical negligence work, Gerard worked for a number of years when he was a senior junior for defendant trusts in the North of England. Upon taking Silk, he has had vast experience leading the legal team for the claimant in many cerebral palsy cases both as to liability and quantum. He regularly achieves awards in such cases that are generally well in excess of £5 million, the largest to date being £7.5 million. He also has detailed experience of pursuing claims on behalf of those who have suffered strokes by reason of clinical negligence.
Gerard is a past chair of the Northern Circuit Medical Law Association and has presented lectures at AVMA seminars on the preparation of quantum claims in birth injuries cases. His latest clinical negligence seminars have focused on the recent topics of consent after the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery and the importance of investigating cumulative causes re causation as highlighted in the Privy Council decision of Williams v. Bermuda Hospitals.
Gerard also has a special interest in the preparation of the claim for compensation in clinical negligence cases involving brain injury both for children and adults. Indeed the largest part of his practice specialises in issues around brain injury, both as to liability and quantum. He has in-depth knowledge of the leading medical experts in the field of clinical negligence.
He understands how stressful cases can be, and that the process may often seem daunting. With this in mind, he often prefers to see clients in their own homes where they are most at ease. With almost two decades of experience in silk, Gerard has wide ranging expertise in all matters of clinical negligence.
Gerard was very recently named Clinical Negligence Barrister of the Year 2017 by Lawyer Monthly.
Guantanamo Bay Negotiations 2010
Acted for two of the inmates in a two week mediation against five Government departments seeking compensation for human rights violations, successfully settled.
Severe brain injury to a 60 year old passenger in a car, £7.5 million recovered, including annual payments for care and case management of £310,000.
Severe brain injury for a passenger exiting a moving taxi- successfully recovered
Spinal injury tetraplegic in his early twenties, complicated by his failure to use care package, £7.3 million.
Young man of 16 at time of severe brain injury, passenger in car driven off Beachey Head, management of his care team made difficult by his amorous relationship with one of his carers, just under £6 million recovered.
Chronic pain case for a man in his twenties, video surveillance and credibility in issue, settled for £535.000.
A lady in her fifties, amputee, loss of upper limb, just below shoulder, issues re use of myo electric prosthetics – £1.15 million recovered.
Turkish speaking man in his fifties, severe brain damage, unable to walk by reason of neurological injuries, lost ability to speak English, severely distressed by his injuries, complicated by boney growths around his knees causing pain, £5.5 million recovered.
Young lady in her twenties, severe brain injuries, rendered virtually blind, 3% sight remaining in one eye, severe anxiety problems, case complicated because we were the second legal team, called in to take over the case from solicitors with whom the family had become dissatisfied, very difficult care package to manage, £5.5 million recovered.
Lady in her fifties, suffers severe brain injury, as a result suffers the onset of bipolar disorder, a diagnosis agreed by Defence expert to be caused by accident. The disorder not yet controlled by medication. Has reverted to her first language of Sri Lankan, profoundly deaf
Case settled with two days to go before trial on liability, tertraparetic client having fallen downstairs at home and broken her neck, fracture missed at hospital. Case required tough negotiation and sensitive handling of client and her expectations. We settled at 50% of full liability
Paraplegic case just settled for £3.3 m, good negotiated settlement and client managed well.
Wrongful birth case – liability vigorously disputed by Def trust. Eminent teams of experts on both sides advising on what the tertiary referral scan would have shown had it been available, with diametrically opposed opinions, the scan evidence having been lost by the Deft. Issues arose as to whether the loss of evidence and the failure to call key witness would lead to the drawing of adverse inferences against the Defendant. Issue of how the Bolam test fell to be applied in what was a mistaken diagnosis case. One JSM and one mediation in which the Defendant made no offers. One week before the liability trial the Defendant offered £1 million plus reasonable costs which offer was accepted.
Two recent cases of interest both concern the management of cases abroad. One involves a man in his sixties, living in Tehran, who suffered what we believe to be a severe brain injury when knocked down as a pedestrian in London and the brain injury was missed by the treating hospital which focussed on the orthopaedic injuries. The client speaks no English.
The other is for a young man with a severe brain injury who resides in Kuwait City, little is known as yet what systems for rehabilitation exist in his home country. Little English is spoken and reliance upon interpreters is essential.