Inquests & Inquiries
“He displays the ability to master complex information coupled with superior advocacy skills and the ability to relate well to, and gain the confidence of, the individuals whom he represents”
Chambers & Partners
In December 2016 David is representing a former NHS Hospital Trust Medical Director accused of responsibility for systemic failings in a case where a patient died as a result of a misplaced nasogastric feeding tube described by NHS England as an avoidable ‘Never Event’
Cases and work of note
David has represented doctors from a broad range of specialties who have faced criticism for contributing to or causing the deaths of patients:
- Consultant dermatologist: suicide of a young man suffering from the psychiatric side effects of Roaccutane, a drug given for severe acne.
- Consultant paediatrician: death of a young child from non-accidental injury following discharge from hospital after treatment for unexplained injuries.
- General practitioners: separate Inquests into the deaths of patients following inadequate monitoring for side effects of methotrexate, a drug given for rheumatoid arthritis.
- General practitioners: separate Inquests into the deaths of patients following avoidable ‘Never Events’ of giving 10 times too much drug through prescribing error.
David represented a private psychiatric hospital group whose patient
committed suicide with a belt she had concealed in her room as the ligature. The Coroner found a number of failings in care but David dissuaded her:
i) from concluding that the hospital was guilty of neglect; and
ii) from her expressed view that a Prevention of Future Death report was required by convincing her that the hospital had taken all reasonable steps to remedy its deficiencies.