Rory has extensive experience in cases involving personal injury of all kinds. His principal areas of practice are Clinical Negligence, Inquests, Employer’s and Public Liability and RTA cases.

He has a particular interest in cases involving clinical negligence and is regularly instructed in claims ranging from sub-standard cosmetic surgery to catastrophic brain injury, and death in children arising from obstetric and paediatric negligence.

In addition to his civil practice he frequently represents families at inquests in which clinical negligence is suspected, an example of which led recently to a successful settlement on behalf of parents bereaved by obstetric negligence. He also represents the families in cases involving deaths in custody.

He is a season ticket holder at Fulham Football Club. He likes to spend his spare time camping, riding his road bike and hiking through the mountains and exploring the beaches of northern Scotland with his wife and three children. He is an avid reader of historical novels and history books. He is especially interested in the Peninsular/Napoleonic wars and Roman history.

Clinical Negligence
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Rory specialises in cases involving clinical negligence and is regularly instructed on behalf of Claimants in claims ranging from:

  • failure to diagnose tendon injury resulting in permanent disability,
  • delayed diagnosis of appendicitis,
  • negligently preformed shoulder/ hip / knee surgery,
  • failure to obtain informed consent,
  • substandard dental care;
  • pressure sores;

to claims involving deaths attributed to:

  • delayed diagnosis of cancer;
  • delayed diagnosis of sepsis;
  • administration of inappropriate antibiotic prophylaxis;
  • negligent midwifery / paediatric and / or neonatal care;
  • the administration of unindicated drugs;
  • delayed treatment / failure to follow clinical pathways.

Recent successful concluded claims have included:

  • £900,000 on behalf of a teenager whose infected hip joint was not diagnosed resulting in premature hip replacement.
  • £420,000 on behalf of the family of a woman who died following delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer.
  • £125,000 on behalf of the wife of a man who died following a negligent delay in conducting laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
  • £87,500 on behalf of a woman who suffered complications following a bilateral oophorectomy.
  • £55,000 on behalf of a mother for psychiatric injury caused as a result of the death of her newborn baby following negligent obstetric and neonatal care.
  • £50,000 on behalf of a man who underwent negligently performed hip replacement surgery.

Rory regularly lectures on a variety of aspects of clinical negligence, including, most recently, on causation and consent. He is also the editor of the 12KBW clinical negligence blog.

In addition to his civil practice he is frequently instructed to attend inquests in which clinical negligence is suspected.

Prior to joining chambers Rory spent a year as a paralegal in the Clinical Negligence Department at Leigh Day & Co. solicitors.

Inquests
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Over the last few years Rory has gained considerable experience in representing families at inquests in which clinical negligence is suspected:

These deaths have included investigations into very complex areas of medicine and science including:

  • obstetrics
  • neonatalology
  • paramedic and ambulance care
  • neurology and neuroradiology
  • general surgery
  • urology
  • emergency medicine
  • interventional cardiology

He has also gained experience in:

  • Article 2 inquests, involving deaths in custody and suicide;
  • Road traffic inquests (on behalf of both insurers and families).

Such undeniably upsetting cases – often very close to the time of the death of a loved one and in difficult circumstances – involve careful and considerate client handling skills that are not always required in civil cases.

Rory regularly lectures on the subject of inquests, and hopes to continue to represent and support families and doctors in what can be a very distressing process for all involved.

Personal Injury
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Since joining chambers in 2011 Rory has gained extensive experience in all kinds of personal injury litigation including:

  • Clinical Negligence,
  • Employer’s and Public Liability,
  • RTA’s and Credit Hire,
  • Fraud

He is frequently instructed by local authorities, insurers and the MIB as well as undertaking work for claimants on a CFA basis.

He is regularly instructed on behalf of both defendants and claimants in high value cases involving catastrophic brain injury and life-changing disability.

As with many members of chambers he has been brought up on a diet of Road Traffic cases including cases involving suspected fraud, exaggerated claims, claims involving CRPS, and Low Velocity Impact (“LVI”) work. Being a keen road cyclist himself, Rory has developed a keen interest in cases involving cyclists.

Frequently appearing in personal injury trials has enabled Rory to gain considerable advocacy experience and to develop excellent client handling skills.

Rory has extensive experience of road traffic accident cases involving exaggerated personal injury claims (ranging from whiplash to CRPS), low velocity impacts, staged accidents and phantom passengers. He is also regularly instructed to defend grossly exaggerated claims for credit hire.

Qualifications

College of Law: BVC – Very Competent

BBP Law School: GDL – Commendation

University College London – BA (Hons) English Literature 2:1

Memberships

PIBA, AvMA