Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

3 Paper Buildings - Ranked In Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2016

Chambers & Partners UK:
Clinical Negligence – Western (Bar) – Band 2


3PB is a London set with a Western Circuit reach, providing London counsel at a local level. The team has experience across the full range of clinical negligence issues, and particular expertise in both NHS and private practice matters. Members are frequently instructed to bring claims on behalf of children, individuals who lack capacity and representatives of the deceased. Sources say it is "one of the leading sets in the South West area."
Client service:  "The clerking is very efficient and very friendly. They always deal with queries very promptly, manage their diaries really well and resolve issues without any problems." Mark Heath acts as chambers director.


Hamish Dunlop
Has a strong practice focus on clinical negligence work, with complementary experience in the related areas of care and housing requirements for the afflicted. He particularly specialises in dependency claims being brought by spouses, children and partners.
Strengths:  "His strengths are the way he handles sensitive clients with serious injuries, emotional clients, and his technical ability." "His attention to detail, responsiveness and client care are the best of the best."

Mark Lomas
An experienced practitioner whose practice includes clinical negligence and personal injury. He practises across both the London Bar and Western Circuit on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He is frequently instructed to handle matters dealing with the most serious harm, including fatal accidents and catastrophic injury. 
Strengths:  "Silk material. He is very bright, gives clear advice to his clients and in conference is very good at understanding the key issues in the case without getting bogged down. He's also very good on his feet and is a very solid advocate."

Louis Weston
Well regarded by his peers as an analytical lawyer with a powerful court presence. He splits his practice between the London Bar and Western Circuit, and has experience in the complementary area of product liability including involvement in the recent PIP breast implant scandal. His expertise includes handling litigation related to veterinary negligence and defective veterinary products.
Strengths:  "A larger than life character who is really impressive. He has the ability to digest years of litigation and filings into his brain very quickly." "A good overall barrister who is good on his feet."

Chambers & Partners UK - 2015:
Clinical negligence – Western Bar Band 2 Set

The chambers is praised for the high quality of its individual counsel, with whom solicitors enjoy strong working relationships. The set covers the full range of clinical negligence work, receiving frequent instructions on cases concerning complex injuries. 3PB's members act on behalf of a range of clients, including healthcare providers, individual medical practitioners and individual claimants.


Hamish Dunlop
Undertakes a wide range of work, with proficiency in cases relating to accommodation needs and lifetime care. In addition, he specialises in dependency claims brought forward by partners and children.
Expertise: "He's extremely user-friendly and clicks very well with clients."

Mark Lomas
Has a broad clinical negligence practice which includes dental and therapy work. The range of his work covers minor to catastrophic injuries, and fatalities.
Expertise: "He is extremely thorough and works very hard." "He has a very good turnaround time and is highly responsive."
Recent work: He successfully settled a case where the claimant acquired shoulder dystonia due to negligent medical care at birth.

Louis Weston
Has established an interesting niche in veterinary surgery cases alongside his general clinical negligence caseload. He is chiefly noted in this area for his work on behalf of doctors, surgeons and other individual healthcare professionals.
Expertise: "He is extremely able and extremely effective in everything that he does - he never disappoints."

Chambers & Partners UK: Clinical Negligence - Western (Bar)

3PB exhibits an impressive set of barristers at the Western Bar, as well as offering a network of locations including Bristol, London and Winchester. The set has a broad practice, but has a particular aptitude for complex medical negligence claims. The set is known to “acquire and keep talented people” whilst being “friendly” and “extraordinarily helpful.”

Client service: “The clerking is absolutely spot-on.” “The clerks are proactive and easy to work with.”
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2014

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Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015
Recommendations and Quotes

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors
Robert Horner- High level of knowledge and attention to detail

REGIONAL BAR: Western Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors
Hamish Dunlop - He has a fantastic rapport with clients and really knows his stuff
Colin McDevitt - He understands the law and the needs of the client alike
Mark Lomas - Meticulous and responsive
Duncan McNair - Always efficient and helpful
Richard Tyson - He has excellent client communication skills

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2014
Recommendations and Quotes

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the South Eastern circuit

3PB has a solid all-round reputation for personal injury and clinical negligence.

Robert Horner - 3PB ‘He has substantial experience in high-value, complex cases.’
Duncan McNair - ‘Unflinching in the face of difficult issues.’  

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit

3PB’s personal injury team is experienced in advising claimants and defendants. Areas of expertise include fatal accidents, occupiers’ liability and employers’ liability matters. The clinical negligence team acts for children, individuals who lack capacity and representatives of the deceased.

Hamish Dunlop - 3PB ‘Highly skilled in respect of pleadings, court presence and dealing with experts.’
Mark Lomas - 3PB ‘Pragmatic and thorough.’
Colin McDevitt - 3PB ‘Down to earth and personable.’
Richard Tyson - 3PB ‘A clinical negligence specialist who principally represents claimants in cases involving severe injuries.’


3PB’s regulatory team has notable experience in prosecuting and defending matters brought by the HSE and numerous local authorities. The workload spans issues such as trading standards, animal welfare, consumer protection and food safety. Healthcare and sports law are areas of niche expertise. 3PB’s regulatory team has notable experience in prosecuting and defending matters brought by the HSE and numerous local authorities. The workload spans issues such as trading standards, animal welfare, consumer protection and food safety. Healthcare and sports law are areas of niche expertise.

Ian Lawrie QC - 3PB ‘A well-known expert in health and safety breaches in the marine sector.’

Richard Tyson - 3PB ‘A significant part of his practice involves prosecuting on behalf of the General Medical Council.’
Louis Weston - 3PB ‘He has a notable sports regulatory practice.’ and ‘Respected by all and a pleasure to work with.'

We have a large team of experienced practitioners in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation.

Members of the Personal Injury Group conduct cases at every level from the simplest to the most complex, high-value claims. Clients include both claimants and defendants, generally insurance companies. Most members will act under conditional fee arrangements in appropriate cases.

Many members of Chambers have experience in clinical negligence. We are able to offer expertise over the whole range of clinical negligence cases, including surgeons and hospital physicians, general practitioners, dental surgeons, nurses and midwives and other healthcare specialisms such as ophthalmics.

3PB barristers have acted in heavier clinical negligence matters such as brain damage cases and are familiar with claims which include Court of Protection and receivers' fees. We are experienced in cases at all levels of seriousness.

Nicholas Braslavsky QC specialises in clinical negligence, particularly orthopedic, obstetric, gynecological, intensive care, anesthetics, vascular, accident and emergency, ophthalmic, ENT and neurology; and all aspects of personal injury.

Members are involved in medical regulation. Several are legal assessors and advisers to bodies such as the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council and the General Osteopathic Council. Richard Tyson appears regularly to present cases for the General Medical Council before its Fitness to Practise Panels.

Louis Weston is currently instructed in a number of the PIP implant cases and has been involved in cases dealing with prosthetics and misrepresentation of efficacy of medicines and vaccines.

Hamish Dunlop’s recent important cases have involved: failures in GP referrals leading to: cauda equina lesions; subarachnoid haemorrhage; and limb amputations.  His claims against Hospital specialists have included; A&E Departments; obstetrics; orthopaedic and general surgery.  He also undertakes product liability claims.  Hamish is experienced in claims involving: housing requirements; lifetime care and complex dependency claims.  As an ancillary relief practitioner, he has a particular specialism for dependency claims by wives; partners and children.  He sits as a legal assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council Disciplinary Committees.

Peter Jennings has written on civil procedure and is an editor and author of Facts and Figures: Professional Negligence Bar Association Tables for the Calculation of Damages.

Nicholas Leviseur has an interest in cases where the issue of quantum involves considerable legal or factual complexity.

Cyrus Katrak has acted in high profile cases such as the 3M hip implant case.

Lectures and publications

Members have written and lectured extensively on clinical negligence and related topics.

3PB is fully accredited by both the Law Society and the Bar Council to give lectures and other training sessions qualifying for Continuing Professional Development points for both professions.