Ed accepts instructions across all practice areas in Chambers. He specialises in healthcare and inquest law and is frequently instructed in lengthy and complex hospital inquests, including enhanced Article 2 inquests and jury inquests.  

Inquests
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Ed represents interested parties at all types of inquest (including Article 2 and Jury), but with particular expertise in hospital inquest cases,principally in the areas of mental health, hospital care of the elderly, and other serious untoward incidents. Many of Ed’s cases have been reported in local and national media and he appears regularly as sole counsel (often against senior juniors and QCs).

He is happy to provide advice on issues of evidence and procedure and is familiar in the drafting of written submissions (both at pre-inquest review and final hearings). He has delivered seminars on the  legislative changes to the coronial system following implementation of the CJA 2009. He has detailed knowledge and experience of post-inquest remedies including JR and Section 13 applications.

Recent instructions include inquests into:

  • the death of a 19-year-old from drowning in the River Tawe (Article 2 jury inquest, ongoing)
  • the death of an elderly patient following emergency admission to A&E (issues concerning complex histopathology, police investigation; judicial review) – being led by Michael Rawlinson Q.C.;
  • the death of a neonate from hypoxic birth injuries following prolonged labour and inadequate resuscitation;
  • the death of a 29-year-old man in ITU following allegations of drug-overdose (issues relating to medical cause of death, adequacy of original investigation and inquest, application under Section 13 Coroners Act 1988);
  • the death of a 53-year-old woman in hospital from GI bleeding whilst awaiting transfer to another hospital site for emergency interventional radiology (2 week Article 2 inquest);
  • the death of a 13-month baby from meningococcal septicaemia following inadequate discharge from A&E;
    – Evening Standard article: Doctors must be more aware of meningitis so another baby does not die
    – Daily Mail article: ‘Doctor sent 13-month-old girl home without fully examining her five hours before she died of meningitis
  • the death of a 47-year-old patient following elective hemi-colectomy as a result of a possible morphine overdose;
  • the death of a 44-year-old male in ITU from alleged over-dose of antihypertensive medication (issues of systemic failure concerning fluid overfill in ITU and delayed treatment for sepsis);
  • the death of a patient following hospital discharge after complications arising from TAH procedure (issues concerning processes for discharge and readmission; 3-day inquest).
  • the death of a patient detained under s.3 of the MHA 1983 following emergency admission from psychiatric hospital (8 day Article 2 jury inquest)
    – Northampton Chronicle & Echo article: ‘Inquest into the death of Northampton patient whose fractured spine went undiagnosed finds care failings’
  • the death of a ITU dependent patient in hospital following a failed attempt to perform a tracheostomy;
  • the death of a patient in hospital following pancreaticoduodenectomy or ‘Whipple procedure’ (issues include consent and appropriate post-operative care);
  • the death of an elderly patient in hospital following an upper GI bleed (issues of systemic neglect/failure concerning the over-administration of an NSAID without gastric protection);
    – 12KBW press release: Ed Ramsay helps secure rider of neglect for bereaved family in hospital inquest’
  • the death of an elderly patient in hospital following an erroneous wrong site aspiration to the chest (issues of systemic failure and Article 2).
    – 12KBW press release: ‘Edward Ramsay represents family in hospital ‘Article 2’ inquest’
  • the death of an epileptic patient in a care home (cause of death SUDEP but complex issues arising from toxicology analysis);
  • the death of an elderly patient in a care home following fall and complex hospital discharge (intracranial bleeding, fracture and infection, issues of neglect, involvement of Health and Safety Executive and Chief Coroner as regards to the statutory obligation to sit with a jury)
    – Coventry Telegraph article: ‘Dementia sufferer’s death fall blamed on University Hospital neglect’
  • the death of a 25-year-old mother of three from pulmonary embolism following admission to Accident and Emergency (issues regarding delayed diagnosis and treatment, Article 2 and need for jury; 4 PiPs)
    – 12KBW press release: ‘Ed Ramsay represents the family of Sian Hollands at Article 2 inquest into her death’
  • the deaths of three residents at an East Sussex hospice following a large fire (instructed by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (issues concerning criminal prosecution, suspension of inquest, Article 2 and obligation to sit with jury);
  • the death of a mental health patient (non-MHA) following a fire in the residential care home (issues concerning criminal prosecution, Rule 22 and adjournment of inquest);
  • the fire-related death of a resident in sheltered accommodation
Clinical Negligence
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Ed has a growing clinical negligence practice covering the full range of cases –  from orthopedic injuries, obstetric, gynecological and urological injuries and hospital fatalities.

Many of his instructions arise out of his hospital inquest work where there is a follow-on civil action. Through his inquest practice Ed has extensive experience examining expert witnesses in court and has particular expertise in cases where hospital systems errors are raised.

Other recent cases include:

  • Delayed diagnosis of endometrial cancer
  • Bladder distension injury following failure to replace catheter
  • Failure to diagnose and treat testicular torsion
  • Inadequate nursing care leading to grade 4 pressure sores
  • Lack of post-operative care following laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • 4th degree vaginal tear during childbirth
Industrial Disease
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Ed has acted for claimants and defendants in noise induced hearing loss claims and has experience in cases concerning exposure to asbestos.

He was junior to Frank Burton Q.C. and Harry Steinberg Q.C. Greenway & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 408 (platinum sensitisation) exploring the limits of actionable injury in claims in tort and contract.

Personal Injury
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Ed acts for claimants and defendants in all aspects of personal injury law including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, public liability, product liability, and intentional torts.

Credit Hire
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Ed has a busy credit hire practice (including multi-track and appellate work) acting for large insurers. He was junior counsel for the Respondent in the leading case of McBride v UK Insurance Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 144 concerning the approach to the calculation of Basic Hire Rates.

Ed is regularly instructed in cases where fraud is alleged. The majority of these instructions relate to fraudulent and fundamentally dishonest whiplash and credit hire / storage claims. Ed has extensive trial experience cross-examining claimants on these issues. He has appeared in many cases where ancillary costs issues have arisen (including obtaining wasted costs orders against solicitors, third party costs orders, and disapplying QOCS).

Qualifications & Awards

Bar Professional Training Course, (Outstanding).

Graduate Diploma in Law, (Distinction).

BA (Oxon) (History & Politics; First Class; 1st place in year).

Major Scholar, Inner Temple (2012)

Scholar, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (2007-2009)

Cases

Greenway & Ors v Johnson Matthey Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 408. Whether platinum sensitisation is an actionable injury and/or capable of giving rise to more than nominal damages in contract and/or an exception to the rule against recovery for pure economic loss in tort.

McBride v UK Insurance Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 144 Whether the Court should revisit its earlier decision in Stevens v Equity Syndicate Management [2015] EWCA Civ 93 regarding the correct approach to the calculation of Basic Hire Rates in credit hire litigation.

R (on the application of Parkinson) v HM Senior Coroner for Kent [2018] EWHC 1501 – leading case concerning the domestic application of ECtHR jurisprudence on Article 2 in hospital inquests