Henry is recognised as a leading personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner. He acts for Claimants and Defendants typically in complex and high value claims. He has negotiated settlements as high as nearly £7,000,000.
He was awarded Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Junior Barrister of the Year award in 2014 by Chambers & Partners. He has appeared in their guide for many years, recommended in both personal injury and clinical negligence. Observers have said, for example, “I am impressed by his attention to detail and his commitment to ensure that no stone gets left unturned. He has a very agile and adaptable approach to things” and that he is “A tower of strength; he is calm in the midst of battle, knows how to read judges and is an excellent strategist” He has also been described as “unflappable and laser-like in terms of his focus.”, an “extremely safe pair of hands,” and as “delightful” with both “panache and a beautiful manner”. “He knows when to fight,” declare observers.
Henry encourages a team approach, he is happy to travel to see claimants and insurers alike.
Typically higher value claims, with a particular interest in psychiatric injury, pain related, amputation and brain damage claims.
Henry lectures/delivers seminars widely
Henry leads the 12KBW clinical negligence team.
Cases have included management of hypertension, psychiatric unit breach of duty, spinal surgery, failure to diagnose/refer cancers, obstetrics and failed dental treatment. He has successfully undertaken a number of claims whereby insurers have obtained very significant contribution on the basis of clinical negligence in treatment following accidents.
Henry acts in cases involving professional negligence of lawyers in respect of personal injury and clinical negligence claims. His cases have included B v P – see below
Construction of policies, issues as to motor vehicle use.
Henry has lectured on costs and is noted as being an effective advocate in CCMCs.
For a number of years Henry has defended HSE prosecutions.
Related to his clinical negligence and personal injury work Henry acts for interested parties at Inquests.
Univesity College London LLB, LLM
Chambers & Partners Personal injury and Clinical Negligence Junior barrister of the Year 2014
“He offers excellent legal analysis, but with a pragmatic approach.” Chambers and Partners, 2021
“His attention to detail is outstanding and he has a very reassuring authority.” Chambers and Partners, 2021
“Excellent at picking apart complex medical issues.” Chambers and Partners, 2021
“Trusted and valued advice with careful and meticulous attention to detail. Advises with a reassuring authority.” Legal 500, 2021
“Able to comfortably converse with a variety of medical experts on their specialist topics, as well as grasping and articulating complex personal injuries matters clearly.” Legal 500, 2021
“His abilty to get to the crux of the case is superb. He is a pleasure to work with, has a good rapport with clients and leaves no stone unturned.” Chambers and Partners, 2020
“An astute mind whose mastery of the law is first-class” The Legal 500, 2019
“He is able to navigate the most unusual of medical mistakes and takes a practical approach to his cases” The Legal 500, 2019
“He is a meticulous barrister, and excellent when it comes to the consideration of complex personal injury claims. He gives very good solid advice and he’s someone you can very much put your trust in. He is an excellent cross-examiner.” Chambers and Partners, 2020
“A reliable and experienced barrister who is able to assist with a wide variety of claims. He is technically astute and particularly good with figures.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“Extremely bright, knowledgeable, effective and hard-working.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“He has very good judgement. His ability to get to the crux of the case is superb. He is a pleasure to work with and has a good rapport with clients.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“Very intelligent and extremely experienced. He has exceptionally good medical knowledge.” Chambers & Partners, 2019
“He is a strong and attractive advocate who has a first-class work ethic, takes a thorough, careful and diligent approach to cases and is a top notch in the field.” Legal 500, 2018
“He is an extremely bright, knowledgeable and approachable lawyer with an outstanding ability to turn round work.” Legal 500, 2018
“Very personable and knowledgeable.” Chambers & Partners, 2018
“A very capable and experienced barrister who provides invaluable advice. A strong weapon to have on your side.” Chambers & Partners, 2018
“He combines incredible tenacity with a huge grasp of details of cases and the law.” Legal 500, 2017
“He’s excellent, really good with the clients, great on his feet and provides meticulous attention to detail. He’s also very supportive, helpful and flexible in terms of contact hours.” Chambers & Partners, 2017
“An experienced all-rounder.” Chambers & Partners, 2017
“Very thorough and prepared to put in the work on difficult cases.” Chambers & Partners, 2017
“Extremely astute tactically and highly intelligent.” The Legal 500, 2016
“I am impressed by his attention to detail and his commitment to ensure that no stone gets left unturned. He has a very agile and adaptable approach to things” Chambers & Partners, 2016
“A tower of strength; he is calm in the midst of battle, knows how to read judges and is an excellent strategist.” The Legal 500, 2015
Published JPIL article
Osborne v Loke:
Failure to diagnose acute severe colitis and admit the Claimant to hospital, leading to life threatening post operative deterioration including septicaemia. The Claimant was in intensive care 53 days, for much of this time she on a ventilator. Critical illness myopathy led to paralysis of the entire body and required protracted rehabilitation. There is a permanent ileostomy, severe scarring and disfigurement of the abdomen.
Cole Smith v East Kent Hospitals:
Failure on part of hospital to appreciate the effects of repeated vomiting and thus loss of fluids on foetus, who has grown up with subtle, but debilitating neuro-developmental issues.
Marie-Willows v (1) HCA (2) Strover:
Nursing negligence of hospital, negligence of orthopaedic surgeon, resulting in amputation. Settled for overall sum of £2,000,000. Issues included liability of private hospital for independent consultant, contributory negligence
Millward v Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust:
Claimant suffered catastrophic brain injury from anoxia in course of operation leaving her in persistent vegetative state/minimally conscious. Liability initially disputed, settled on basis of lump sum plus periodical payments plus indemnities
Kimmins v North Bristol:
Failure to diagnose breast cancer leading to more advanced stage/grade
Mansi v King’s College University Trust:
Failure to pick up brain tumour, the delay rendering successful treatment impossible, claimant having a stroke, losing his business. Settled for approximately £750,000.
Holroyd v United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust:
Failure to heed scans, leading to a significant period of non-treatment of liver cancer and the claimant’s resulting death, issues of extent of causation
Eslah v Dr Robb:
Alleged (i) failure to provide adequate diagnostic input (ii) failure to heed declining condition, resulting in avoidable death. Led by Frank Burton QC
RTA, severe brain injury – minimally conscious minus state. A particular issue of interest was the impact of a likely divorce given (a) contributory negligence (b) periodical payments being secured for future care without deduction for contributory negligence but capital payments being reduced accordingly. Settled for a capitalised value equivalent to £5,250,000. Led by Richard Methuen QC, input obtained (joint conference) as to family law from Michael Glaser (specialist family barrister)
Robertson Inquest, Lattitude Global Volunteering
Two young women were on a placement in South Africa with Lattitude. They went swimming, were caught in a rip tide with others and died. The inquest considered the nature and risk of rip tides, and also involved intricate regulation 28 issues.
Stewart v Harding:
RTA, multiple orthopaedic injuries, complex issues relating to long-term deterioration/job prospects
Watkins v Howell:
Road traffic accident, acting for Defendant, claimed at over £1,000,000
Spraggs v Burrell:
RTA, Severe upper and lower limb injuries. Elective above-knee amputation, issues included whether that was reasonable and the suitability/benefits of new high-end technology prosthetic equipment
Laney v Frimley Park Hospital:
Claimant injured by another patient who should have been restrained, set off complex sequence of orthopaedic and psychiatric injury
Montrose-Brown v Wentworth Care Homes:
Acting for defendant Wentworth Homes re fall of member of staff, claimant claimed primarily orthopaedic injuries, at trial the claimant discontinued after her evidence
Carrington v South Essex Health Authority:
Acting for Defendant. Claimant alleged work related upper limb disorder arising out of her work as a hairdresser. All elements of claim in dispute, claimant’s claim dismissed following a trial.
Johnson v SCB, Norfolk Arena:
Acting for claimant motorcycle race competitor who alleged he suffered much more serious injuries than would have been the case if appropriate barriers had been in place. International motorsports experts. Settled
B v P :
B fell off ladders. He claimed against his employers, and was represented by a leading personal injury firm. His claim was settled for £15,000, a negative view being taken of liability, and a significant brain injury being missed notwithstanding medical evidence that should have triggered further investigation. P’s solicitors never met B, they liaised with his wife. B continued at work, but struggled and ultimately gave up work. At a hearing to repossess his home the District Judge realised that something was wrong with B. B, now a protected party, pursued P for undersettling his case. The professional negligence claim was concluded in his favour for a substantial sum.