Clinical Negligence

"Exchange Chambers are the complete set of barrister’s chambers for clinical negligence work."

The Legal 500 2024

With 6 silks and over 20 juniors to choose from, our clinical negligence team is renowned for combining advocacy skill and legal knowledge with a deep understanding of medical and technical issues. We are regularly at the forefront of important, high value and complex medical litigation, especially claims relating to birth trauma, brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Exchange Chambers has a proud history of looking after injured people and their families, placing particular emphasis on the importance of rehabilitation and rebuilding lives. We put our clients at the heart of each and every case, and can be relied upon to pursue claims vigorously and effectively, leaving no stone left unturned.

The team cover all areas of clinical negligence work, with expertise in:

  • Acquired Brain Injury (including surgical complications and delayed diagnosis of head injury)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (including spinal infections and Cauda Equina Syndrome)
  • Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy and other birth injury
  • Paediatrics and neonatology
  • Stroke (including delayed diagnosis and management)
  • Diabetes (including sight loss, kidney failure, cardiac complications, and amputations)
  • Sepsis and other infection claims
  • Death, Bereavement and Dependency claims (including Inquests and Inquiries)
  • GP negligence
  • Pregnancy, Women’s Health and Gynaecology
  • Cancer (including delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis)
  • Eye care, Eye Surgery and Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic and Musculo-Skeletal health
  • Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Surgical negligence
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Dental negligence
  • Consent to treatment cases
  • Claims relating to the Human Rights Act

Members are known for their effective management of litigation and proactive, early involvement in cases, providing direction and strategic input from the outset, recognising the benefits of working as a team. We strongly value the importance of expert selection and over the years have forged excellent relationships with key individuals in the clinical and scientific community, providing an unrivalled pool of specialists to work with, drawing on their experience and expertise to complement our own.

Exchange Chambers are recognised quantum specialists and have enjoyed a leading role in the development of damages recovery in claims of the utmost severity. We have unsurpassed experience and expertise in the successful negotiation and settlement of high value, complex quantum disputes and the use of periodical payments. We add value for clients in every case.

We are also able to offer support with cost benefit and risk management analysis, helping solicitors manage costs and deal with issues quickly and effectively as and when they arise. We have the benefit of several members who have significant Costs Litigation and Funding experience, including specialist costs counsel.

Exchange Chambers are always keen to explore resolving cases expeditiously and fairly and have been advocates of mediation for well over 10 years. We have a pool of highly experience, accredited mediators and the facilities available to offer and conduct all forms of ADR.

Exchange Chambers remains committed to providing CPD accredited training and development opportunities for solicitors and experts throughout the calendar year. We invest a significant amount of time and resources into our internal training programme, which allows junior members to gain early experience and develop the knowledge and skill required to handle high value claims confidently. Developing this kind of rapport between senior and junior members strengthens the team and allows juniors to draw on experience beyond their year of call. Clients are accessing the collective knowledge and experience of the whole team when instructing an individual member.

The team also draws on invaluable experience and insight from related areas of practice such as inquests and inquiries, public law, healthcare disciplinary, product liability and Court of Protection work.

Members are keen supporters of several related charitable and not-for-profit organisations including AvMA, APIL, BABICM, UKABIF, the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway UK.


What the Directories Say

“Exchange Chambers is well regarded for its representation of claimants in complex clinical negligence matters.”
Band 2 Leading Set – Clinical Negligence (Northern Circuit), Chambers and Partners 2024

“Exchange Chambers has ‘a strength and depth of knowledge which is unrivalled.”
Tier 2 Leading Set – Clinical Negligence (Northern Circuit), The Legal 500 2024

The Team