Angus Moon QC

Joint Head of Chambers


Call 1986 | Silk 2006

Angus Moon QC | Call 1986 | Silk 2006

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Overview

Chambers & Partners recommends Angus as a band one clinical negligence silk, noting that “he is a fiercely intelligent thinker. He is held in high regard by solicitors and the Bar alike and is commended for his effective client-handling skills. ” The editor of the Medical Law Reports for nearly 20 years, Angus has a particular reputation for his persuasive approach in dealing with high value, legally repercussive and appellate cases, and draws plaudits for his skills in cross-examining experts.

Clinical Negligence & Healthcare

Angus Moon QC led Caroline Hallissey in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the Claimant in the important decision in Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust & or.
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“Counsel displayed a most impressive knowledge of the relevant medical issues and I was greatly assisted by them.”

Mrs Justice Swift, ST v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Experience and expertise

Angus has outstanding expertise in complex multi-party actions involving clinical negligence and abuse by health workers, and has been instructed as leading counsel in group litigation involving large numbers of patients.

He has been involved in a number of ground-breaking cases about the extent of doctors’ duties of care to patients and non-patients, as well as cases relating to other difficult issues of law: He has particular knowledge and expertise as to the impact of human rights law in the medical field.

Angus is also well known for his work in high value obstetric negligence claims.

He acts for both claimants and defendants.

CASES AND WORK OF NOTE

  • Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2016] EWHC 3276 (QB). 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. Angus (leading Cecily White) defeated the claim on the ground that it was barred by the doctrine of illegality. Please click here for a copy of the judgment.
  • Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust & or (2015-16) The most important case on the test for causation in cases of pre-existing injuries for many years. Angus led Caroline Hallissey for the claimant in the Court of Appeal.
  •  ST v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.  (2013-2015) Claim for damages by child with a very rare blood condition who suffered from brain damage following a stroke. The Court accepted Angus’ submissions for the defendant that the claimant’s condition was not caused by negligence.
  • Re Winterbourne View (2012-16). Multi-party litigation relating to abuse and breach of human rights by health care workers at Winterbourne View care home, exposed by an undercover reporter and aired on Panorama.
  • J v S Partnership NHS Trust (2014). Claim against the trust by victim of multiple stabbing by a mental health patient.
  • R (Antoniou) v Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust [2013] Med LR 536. Case relating to breach of human rights and alleged failures in treatment of a well-known mental health patient who died at her own hand in hospital.
  • Selwood v Durham County Council [2012] Med LR 531. Court of Appeal’s decision as to whether a health trust owes a duty of care to the victim of a serious assault by mental health patient.
  • Oxborrow v West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust (2012). Novel quantum claim for accommodation costs by patient with significant cerebral palsy and short life expectancy.
  • Buck v Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust [2012] Med LR 266. Decision as to whether the Trust owed a duty of care to a driver injured when a mental health patient threw himself under a bus.
  • Fallon v Wilson [2010] EWHC 2978. Judgment following trial of a claim against a general practitioner for damages for child claimant’s very serious brain damage.
  • Re CPT (2010). Claim by 160 residents of homes alleging they were mistreated and subjected to medical negligence, assault, breach of trust and breach of their human rights.
  • S v T (2010) Claim by family of murder victim against trust responsible for treating her killer.
  • Lewis v Secretary of State for Health [2008] LS Law Med 559. Decision as to the basis of disclosure of documents by doctor to the Redfern Inquiry into the nuclear industry.
  • JD v East Berkshire [2005] 1 AC 23. Claim heard in House of Lords by parents against health authorities for negligent diagnoses of sexual abuse.
  • Re Rodney Ledward (2003). Group litigation by 59 claimants involving allegations of rape, assault and negligence against the gynaecologist, Rodney Ledward.
  • A v X [2002] 1 FLR 1045. Court of Appeal decision about the effect of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights on disclosure of documents by a doctor.
  • Palmer v Tees Health Authority [1999] Med LR 351. Seminal decision of the Court of Appeal on whether health authorities owe a duty of care to the murdered victim of an attack by a psychiatric patient.
  • Bowers v Harrow Health Authority [1995] 6 Med LR 16. Obstetric negligence claim in respect of death of child caused by hypoxia and injuries sustained to mother during delivery of twins.

Seminars

Angus delivers seminars on claims in respect of attacks by psychiatric patients and the human rights aspects of such claims, causation in clinical negligence, the quantum of large accommodation claims, the medical protection of persons in custody and the limitation defence in healthcare proceedings.

Recommendations

Angus is one of Chambers & Partners‘ band one clinical negligence silks. The current edition of The Legal 500 notes that “he has real gravitas and is very good with clients.” He is also consistently recommended by the legal directories as a leader in professional discipline and regulatory law and for his expertise in Court of Protection work.

Recent clinical negligence editorial has noted that “his intellectual approach is very impressive. He’s very bright, a very shrewd tactician and a solid negotiator. You know you’ll get a good deal if he’s on your side.”

Other recent directory editorial has included the following:

“He has an impressive ability to absorb the complexities of a case and cut through them to the main issues, expressing his views in a concise and easy-to-understand way.”
Chambers & Partners

“He provided clear, realistic advice and produced some magnificent advocacy. He’s just the kind of guy you want on your side.”
Chambers & Partners

“He is very capable and has a reassuring authority in his advice.”
The Legal 500

“One of the top-rated silks at this set, who is renowned across the market for his extensive clinical negligence experience. He has handled many multiparty claims and cases involving abuse by health workers. Careful and considered in everything he does. Provides clear advice.”
Chambers & Partners

“A very good grasp of the real make-or-break issues in quantum.”
The Legal 500

“An eloquent, articulate advocate who really can find the telling phrase to bring home a point.”
Chambers & Partners

articles

Angus has recently reported in conjunction with James Berry on the following case for the Medical Law Reports.

  • Michael v CC of South Wales Police [2015] UKSC 2 [2015] Med LR 171 Negligence – Duty of care owed by police to victims of crime – Human rights – ECHR, article 2 – Right to life – Threats to kill – Strike out – Summary judgment.

For further details

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