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Axiom Advocates ranked band 2 in clinical negligence by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

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Axiom Advocates ranked band 2 in clinical negligence by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

02 November 2017

THE SET – Clinical negligence (Band 2)

As a noted outfit is the professional negligence sphere, Axiom is regularly sought out for clinical negligence matters. The stable is particularly known for its defence work and is regularly instructed by the NHS Central Legal Office and defence organisations such as the MDDUS. Experienced members handle a range of claims and are also active in fatal accident inquiries. They gain recognition for their track record in mesh class action litigation.

Client service: "Super clerking - you know you will get an answer the same day." "Their clerks are good at suggesting counsel who would be good at a particular type of case." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager at the stable.


Roddy Dunlop QC
Dynamic silk recognised for his diverse expertise in a range of civil cases. Commentators note his experience in clinical negligence defence work, for which he is regularly engaged by the NHS Central Legal Office.
Strengths: “He's in court regularly, has a brilliant manner with judges and is always prepared and effective.” "Roddy is the advocate of choice for complex, high-profile cases. His analysis is technically adept but always presented in an intelligible manner.”
Recent work: Instructed in the defence of a clinical negligence claim against Alliance Medical, following the cannulation of an artery in the course of radiography.

Iain Ferguson QC
An experienced silk who regularly defends hospitals and GPs against a range of claims, recently advising in wrongful birth and fatalities cases. He has particular experience in neurosurgery and obstetrics matters and also advises on dental claims.
Strengths: “When he’s instructed in a case you know he is living it every moment. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across anyone who is more prepared than he is.” “He is someone I instruct when I need an aggressive, robust litigator. He is an extremely strong negotiator and someone who I would use for really difficult cases. He has really strong attention to detail and an excellent grasp of case law.”
Recent work: Acted for a defendant health board in a case regarding allegations of spinal cord damage following a steroid injection for neck pain.

Alastair Duncan QC
Established practitioner with a broad professional negligence practice. Frequently engaged by hospitals and to defend against claims of negligence and also recently acted for the manufacturer in a case involving metal on metal hip replacements.
Strengths: "He is very good with clients and is pragmatic, always looking for a sensible solution that will work for everyone but is not afraid to fight in court when necessary.”
Recent work: Acted for a GP sued in respect of the death of a patient.


Helen Watts
Newly ranked junior with a growing focus on clinical negligence work. Primarily instructed by the NHS Central Legal Office, she also represents pursuers. Regularly handles fatal claims and advises on fatal accident inquiries.
Strengths: “She is very proactive and has very good client relations.” "Very pragmatic with an eye for detail.” "She has a great knowledge of medicine.”

Chris Paterson
With an interest in professional liability, Chris Paterson is well placed to defend claims against medical and dental professionals such as GPs and surgeons. He is experienced in cases of maximum severity, recently advising in a number of fatal claims.
Strengths: “He has an ability to analyse things in great detail.” “He is good in court. He's quite bullish, which is usually to his advantage.”
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for the defendant GP practice in a fatal claim involving allegations of a failure to timeously refer the deceased to a haematology specialist.