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Gallardo v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (2017): Extension of Montgomery principles

8th December 2017

Conrad Hallin acted for the successful Claimant, a Spanish national, following a failure to inform him of a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer, or to offer him appropriate monitoring.  The case represents an extension of the Montgomery principles in the context of the giving of information, including diagnosis and treatment options, post-operatively. It also confirms that the duty owed by an NHS Trust is non-delegable and continued to apply here even after the patient was cared for privately.

Mr Gallardo’s solicitor  Agata Usewicz of law firm Hodge Jones & Allen., said: “My client suffered for nearly a decade from a condition that he wasn’t aware that he had, and as such was denied the treatment which may have improved the quality of his life.”

“We are very pleased that he has today finally received the answers he has been seeking.”

The judgment, which was handed down today, is here.

Read press coverage of the case here.

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Serjeants’ Inn awarded Certificate of Recognition for Wellbeing at the Bar by the Bar Council

9th November 2017

Serjeants’ Inn is one of 21 chambers to be awarded the new Certificate of Recognition issued for an “innovative and invaluable contribution made to the well-being initiative in the profession”.  Noting our “breadth of thought, support and safeguarding”,  the Bar Council comments: “Serjeants’ Inn clearly demonstrate a deep understanding of this agenda and have been strategic in recognising the need to tackle stress points as well as introduce new initiatives”.  Further details available soon on the excellent  Bar Council Well-Being site here. Thanks to the Bar Council for its continuing drive to promote well-being within the profession, and congratulations to all the other organisations achieving  this recognition.

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Women Leaders in Law conference

9th November 2017

Sarah Clarke QC and Katie Gollop QC championed the interviews with Her Honour Judge Joanna Korner CMG QC and Nemone Lethbridge at the Women Leaders in Law conference yesterday. You can catch the Nemone Lethbridge / Katie Gollop QC interview on Joshua Rozenberg’s Law In Action at 4pm on the 22nd November.

Serjeants’ Inn is a founding partner of First 100 Years/ Spark 21 and supports the charity in a number of practical and financial ways. Catherine Calder, a trustee of  Spark 21, was one of the conference organisers.


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Serjeants’ Inn shortlisted for three awards at the Modern Law Awards 2018

9th November 2017

We are delighted to be shortlisted in three categories (Chambers of the Year and Client Care Initiative of the Year with Katie Gollop QC as Barrister of the Year) in the Modern Law Awards 2018. This follows recognition as the winning Chambers of the Year at the Solicitors Journal Awards earlier this year and 15 other awards since 2015.


Many thanks to our clients whose partnership and support is fundamental to our success.

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Ian Skelt (1994 Call) joins Serjeants’ Inn

2nd November 2017

We are delighted to announce that Ian Skelt has joined us at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers.

Ian’s profile is here. A member of the Government’s ‘A’ Panel for civil work (NI), he is currently awaiting judgment from the Supreme Court in a review of civil liability of the police for operational activity and was Counsel to the Coroner in the Jordan Inquest. Ian is recommended by Chambers and Partners as “excellent with witnesses and in jury trials, a pleasure to deal with…very responsive and really takes the stress out of proceedings “. It further notes that he is “well-regarded for his police employment practice and experienced in inquests regarding police shootings”.

Ian is the 10th established practitioner to join us since 2015 and, after James Berry’s return from the House of Parliament this summer and Chris Daw QC’s recruitment last year, he further enhances our PoliceProfessional Discipline;  Inquest and Inquiries; and Employment teams in particular.  His arrival reflects our ongoing commitment to building the expertise and service we offer to our clients.

Ian comments, “Serjeants Inn is unquestionably the pre-eminent set in the country for the work that I do. It is refreshingly modern and there is a real drive shared by all staff and counsel to develop and improve. It is a great environment.”

John Beggs QC, Joint Head of Chambers, comments, “We have worked with Ian on numerous key cases over the years, including the London 7/7 bombings inquest, so we know that he is astute, energetic and engaging: he will be a real asset to our Chambers.”

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Divisional Court upholds the prohibition on assisted suicide: R (Conway) v. The Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWHC 2447

6th October 2017

This was the latest challenge seeking to legalise assisted dying. The claimant sought a declaration that s.2 of the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with article 8 of the European Convention.  The Court accepted that the question is justiciable and that the courts have to decide the claim.  The judgment goes on to hold that the prohibition is a proportionate response to the sanctity of life, to the need to protect vulnerable people and to preserving trust and confidence between doctors and patients.  The court relied on Parliament repeatedly deciding to leave the ban on assisted dying in place and on evidence from doctors’ groups and disability campaigners.

The case has attracted widespread press coverage and the full judgment is available here.

David Lawson was instructed by David Foster of Barlow Robbins on behalf of Care Not Killing.

Amy Street was instructed by the prospective claimant in the case, led by Richard Gordon QC and instructed by Yogi Amin & Anne-Marie Irwin of Irwin Mitchell, before starting parental leave. She has recently returned to practice. Alex Ruck Keene and Annabel Lee are the current juniors for the claimant in the case.


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Judgments in the case of Charlie Gard

3rd August 2017

Judgment at first instance, 11 April 2017: here

Judgment in the Court of Appeal, 23 April 2017: here

Supreme Court’s determination of application for permission to appeal, 8 June 2017: here

Supreme Court judgment (reasons for granting a limited extension to stay), 19 June 2017: here  

European court of Human Rights’ decision, 27 June 2017: here

Subsequent High Court judgment, 24th July: here

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Angus Moon QC 1986 | 2006    Joint Head of Chambers
John Beggs QC 1989 | 2009    Joint Head of Chambers
Sir Robert Francis QC 1973 | 1992
James Watson QC 1979 | 2000
Adrian Hopkins QC 1984 | 2003
George Hugh-Jones QC 1983 | 2010
Michael Mylonas QC 1988 | 2012
Chris Daw QC 1993 | 2013
John de Bono QC 1995 | 2014
Michael Horne QC 1992 | 2016
Katie Gollop QC 1993 | 2016
Bridget Dolan QC 1997 | 2016
Gerard Boyle QC 1992 | 2017
Sarah Clarke QC 1994 | 2017
Debra Powell QC 1995 | 2017
Jemma Lee 2010
Liam Duffy 2012
Samuel Green QC 1998 | 2015    Door Tenant
Huw Lloyd 1975    Door Tenant
Siobhan Goodrich 1980    Door Tenant
Susan Burden 1985    Door Tenant
Charles Foster 1988    Door Tenant
Malcolm Lim 1989    Door Tenant
Anthony Jackson 1995    Door Tenant
Benedict Wray 2009    Door Tenant