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Elliot Gold contributes to the ‘Actions against the Police’ chapter of the APIL Personal Injury

3rd May 2019

Elliot Gold has been appointed as the contributor to the ‘Actions against the Police’ chapter of the APIL Personal Injury: Law, Practice and Precedents reference work, published by LexisNexis.

For more details on the publication, please click here.

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Inquests arising from the deaths in the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack: Sarah Simcock acts for London Ambulance Service

1st May 2019

The Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC is holding Inquests into the deaths of the eight individuals killed on London Bridge and in Borough Market on 3 June 2017.

On 3 June 2017 eight people were killed when three attackers drove a van into members of the public on London Bridge before continuing on foot inflicting stab injuries before being shot and killed by armed police officers. Sarah Simcock of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is representing the London Ambulance Service, who provided care and treatment to some of the deceased as well as the other victims of the attacks. The Coroner will conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into how the deceased came by their deaths as well as the overall response of the emergency services, including the LAS, to the attack.  The Inquests will commence on 7 May 2019 at the Central Criminal Court for approximately two months. The inquest transcripts are publicly available here.

For press coverage, please click here: The BBC, The Guardian.

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Serjeants’ Inn welcomes latest Silk arrival, Simon Fox QC

25th April 2019

Serjeants’ Inn is pleased to announce that Dr Simon Fox QC has joined its top-tier clinical negligence team, extending the senior expertise available to clients in this field. The silk team at the set has increased by 12 in three years, with 14 new tenants joining the award-winning chambers since early 2018.

Simon comments, “I have always admired Serjeants’ Inn as one of the premier specialist medical law chambers in the country. It matches my practice perfectly and I am delighted to be here.”

Simon is a medically qualified specialist clinical negligence silk with 25 years’ experience. Ranked as a Band One Clinical Negligence Silk by both directories, he has a nationwide reputation for using his medical background and expertise to fight difficult and complex cases on breach and causation. Clients cited by the directories describe him as “superb with clients” and “able to see points other barristers couldn’t and offer a new perspective.” His arrival brings the number of counsel in Chambers with a medical or clinical background to seven.

Simon is also an Assistant Coroner in Avon; he is the fifth Assistant Coroner in Chambers.

Catherine Calder, Joint CEO, notes “Simon is a stellar addition to Chambers. His arrival represents the latest step in our strategy to expand and enhance our service for clients.”

Serjeants’ Inn, which won the Legal 500 Client Award for Communications and Innovation this year, specialises in high-stakes cases, often involving important legal, ethical and social issues.

Its recent medical cases have included the decisions allowing both English and Californian surrogacy costs as a new head of damages in clinical negligence cases, one of the most significant judgments since SAAMCO on the scope of a professional’s duty of care, a case in which a father is challenging the public policy bar to recovery of damages for wrongful birth of a healthy child, and  a test case in which the claimant, who had fatally stabbed her mother, sought damages from the NHS Trust which was responsible for her mental health treatment prior to the killing, which was defeated on the grounds of illegality.

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Chris Daw QC and Elliot Gold act in misconduct hearing which finds PC Clarke Joslyn ‘continuously abusive’ to women

15th April 2019

Chris Daw QC and Elliot Gold acted successfully for Gwent Police in a long-running misconduct hearing against ex-PC Joslyn. The case, for which the investigation lasted four years, involved allegations of physical and psychological abuse of women over a period of years.

Elliot Gold acted alone in successfully resisting an appeal to the Independent Office for Police Conduct against the decision to refer the matter to a misconduct hearing, an attempt to bring judicial review proceedings against the appointment of the police misconduct hearing chair and then an abuse of process application.

Chris Daw QC and Elliot Gold then acted successfully for the police force in the full police misconduct hearing and subsequent ex-officer proceedings, after ex-PC Joslyn resigned. The panel found that the ex-officer had behaved in a manner amounting to gross misconduct and that it would have dismissed him had he not resigned.

The case was reported in the local press here and on the BBC website here:

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Claire Watson successfully defends interim relief application against NHS Trust following its decision to charge for treatment

3rd April 2019

Claire Watson is instructed by Susan Trigg of Bevan Brittan Solicitors in a judicial review claim against the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust arising from the Trust’s decision that she is not ordinarily resident in the UK and is therefore liable to pay for NHS treatment pursuant to the National Health Service (Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015.  At a hearing before Lang J on 28 March 2018, the Claimant’s application for interim relief was refused on the basis that there was strong evidence that she was an ‘overseas visitor’ who had come to the UK for free cancer treatment.

For further details, please click here.

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The limits of a wish to die at home”: Emma Sutton acts in a further application following Simon Cridland’s appearance in the Court of Appeal in Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group v RW & Ors [2019]

3rd April 2019

Emma Sutton was instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of RW in the case of Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group v RW & Ors [2019] EWCOP12 which was heard by the Vice President of the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Hayden, on 29 March 2019. The application related to RW’s palliative care plan and such issues had been considered at an earlier hearing by Mrs Justice Parker and the Court of Appeal where Simon Cridland represented RW. It was determined (and upheld) in those proceedings that it was not in RW’s best interests to continue to receive CANH via a naso-gastric tube, but that he should receive end of life care at home.

The current application was made by the CCG due to concerns regarding the management of RW’s condition at home. This included the very unusual circumstance of RW’s necrotic leg (which self-detached), and the fact that RW had survived 10 months following the original decision. In relation to RW’s leg, Mr Justice Hayden emphasised that this was ‘disturbing and shocking evidence’ and stated that he had ‘never heard of a situation like this’. PT told the court that he had wrapped RW’s leg in cling film and put it in the freezer.

The court ultimately determined that although RW would have wished to die at home, that his son, PT, would continue to give him food and water which presented a real risk of asphyxiation and that RW required pain relief which was not accepted by PT. The court endorsed the CCG’s plan, as supported by the Official Solicitor, for RW to die peacefully either in hospital or a hospice.

Please see here for the Judgment and here for media coverage

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