Gerard Boyle QC

Call 1992 | Silk 2017

Gerard Boyle QC | Call 1992 | Silk 2017

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Overview

Gerry is a specialist in medical and police law, inquests and public inquiries and specialist crime. He is renowned for his first class advocacy, expert strategic and tactical acumen in the most complex of cases and for his warmth and sensitivity with both vulnerable and demanding clients.

Gerry is clerked primarily by Lee Johnson, Jennifer Pooler  and Emma Smead.

Ranked a Tier 1 QC by The Legal 500 in Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law, Inquests & Inquiries, Clinical Negligence and Police Law (Defendant).

“At trial his advocacy has been first class. I don’t think there’s anyone like him.”
Chambers & Partners

Experience & expertise

Gerry excels in a number of Chambers’ specialist areas. He has appeared in the Supreme Court in judicial review proceedings in the medical field; the Court of Appeal in judicial review proceedings in the police field; the most high profile police misconduct proceedings concerning officers of all ranks up to and including Chief Constable, Inquests and Inquiries.

He is currently retained in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Misconduct proceedings arising out of the death of Sean Rigg and the Independent Inquiry in to Child Sex Abuse (formerly the Goddard Inquiry).

He is renowned for his outstanding outcomes at trial and hearings including a finding of no misconduct and no impairment of a Consultant held responsible for the decapitation of a baby during childbirth, and the successful acquittal of a junior doctor accused of sexually assaulting several female patients.

cases & work of note

  • Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (formerly the GMC) v Dr L [2018]
    Gerry represented the Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist involved in the tragic case which resulted in premature death and fetal decapitation during childbirth. After a month long hearing requiring lengthy and detailed cross-examination of other Consultants and members of medical staff in attendance and highly critical expert evidence, Gerry’s client was found not guilty of misconduct and a ruling that her fitness to practise was not impaired. 
  • Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire v Chief Constable Simon Byrne [2018]
    Gerry defended the Chief Constable who faced over 70 allegations of bullying behaviour towards sub-ordinate members of staff alleged to amount to Gross Misconduct. Outcome awaited. 
  • R v Dr H [2018]
    For the second time in 3 years Gerry successfully defended the same medical practitioner accused of sexually assaulting female patients. Gerry’s client was accused of sexually assaulting 5 female patients over a short period while he worked in general practice. Skilful cross-examination and persistent applications for secondary disclosure (especially in relation to social media exchanges between the complainants) resulted in acquittals on all charges. 
  • Private Prosecutor v Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall [2018]
    Gerry successfully applied for a Private Prosecutor to be refused permission to issue a Summons launching a private prosecution against the PCC for Misconduct in Public Office. Gerry made written and oral submissions persuading the Judge to refuse to issue, thus sparing the PCC a high profile and intrusive criminal investigation. 
  • R v Chief Inspector Johnstone [2018]
    With his client facing a career threatening allegation of assaulting a senior female police colleague at New Scotland Yard, Gerry not only secured his client’s acquittal but his advocacy and resolute defence prompted the Judge to question why the CPS had ever brought charges and made a Defendant’s Costs Order. 
  • Olaseni Lewis Deceased [2017]
    Gerry acted on behalf of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in the month long inquest into the death of Mr Lewis following his restraint on hospital premises by officers of the Metropolitan Police Service. Gerry also acted for the Trust in the subsequent civil and Human Rights Act claim. 
  • XX v YY [2018]
    Following a trial on liability Gerry acted on behalf of a private healthcare provider, advising it on the potential quantum in a multi-million pound claim for the provision of prosthetics and adapted accommodation for a child who suffered bilateral amputation as a result of medical negligence in an out of hours service. Gerry has since compromised the claim at a successful round table negotiation. 
  • AJB v CDE [2017-]
    Gerry has been retained to act on behalf of a child diagnosed with Fetal Valproate Syndrome after the ongoing administration of Epilim to her mother during pregnancy. Gerry was led by Adrian Hopkins QC at the liability trial which was compromised during a break in proceedings. 
  • R (on the application of the Chief Constable of Sussex) v The Police Appeals Tribunal [Judicial Review 2017]
    Gerry acted on behalf of the Chief Constable in Judicial Review proceedings challenging the decision of a Police Appeals Tribunal to allow an officer guilty of Gross Misconduct in his treatment of a vulnerable female to return to work for the force. Gerry persuaded the divisional court to revoke the PAT’s finding and remit the case for re-hearing. Gerry represented the Chief Constable at the re-hearing and the officer was again dismissed. 
  • JR 55 v The Commissioner of Complaints for Northern Ireland [Supreme Court March 2016]
    Historic first ever case in the Supreme Court considering the extent of an ombudsman’s powers to award compensation and ‘name and shame’ a doctor before the assembly in Northern Ireland. Case had potentially far reaching and expensive implications for medical practitioners and their defence organisations. Gerry was brought on board for the General Practitioner due to his expertise in clinical negligence practice in England and Wales and to make a forensic comparative analysis between the Ombudsman’s award and compensation levels in clinical negligence cases.
  • R (on application of Delezuch / Duggan) v The Metropolitan Police & Others [Court of Appeal]
    Gerry acted for the Chief Constable successfully resisting attempts by the claimants to force changes to the Police Post Incident Management procedures following a death involving police contact. Gerry’s focused and succinct written and oral submissions on the scope of Article 2 helped to win the day.
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse [Goddard Inquiry]
    Gerry has been retained by Gloucestershire Police in the Inquiry’s ongoing investigation in to the former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, who was cautioned in the early 1990’s but went on to be imprisoned following a later review. There is a vast amount of material which Gerry has reviewed relating to the historic investigation.
  • J v Dr G [High Court 2016]
    Gerry successfully defended a GP in a high value High Court clinical negligence trial. His client was accused of delaying diagnosis of subarachnoid haemorrhage. The case required detailed analysis of medical literature and skilled cross-examination on complex expert evidence. Gerry was publicly praised in the judgment for his “quickly exposing” the flaws in the Claimant’s expert evidence.

recommendations

Gerry was awarded the Chambers & Partners Professional Discipline Junior of the Year Award for 2012 and shortlisted for Barrister of the Year in The Lawyer Awards for 2015. He is rated a Tier 1 Queen’s Counsel by The Legal 500 in Clinical Negligence, Inquests & Inquiries, Police Law (Defendant) and Professional Discipline & Regulatory. He was rated Band 1 Chambers & Partners Bar UK 2016 in Clinical Negligence, Professional Discipline and Police Work, and was previously recognised as a Leading Junior in The Legal 500 in Inquests & Inquiries, Professional Discipline and Clinical Negligence.

His recent directory editorial includes the following:

  • clients absolutely love working with him;
  • he is charismatic and not one of those that can’t see the wood for the trees – he’s quite a dangerous opponent;
  • fantastic. He really cares about clients and fights for a positive outcome;
  • he will explore every avenue and is somebody who I really trust;
  • excellent advocate with first-class drafting and client care skills. He has a keen eye for detail and is
  • extremely knowledgeable in this area;
  • an excellent advocate who robustly fights cases while putting clients at ease;
  • highly effective;
  • tough but elegant at the same time;
  • a meticulous strategist and a delight to work with;
  • first class;
  • a very polished advocate and a sound tactician;
  • he’s excellent. He’s good on paper and clients like him;
  • he’s a very safe pair of hands, capable and bright;
  • very good and very astute;
  • very easy to use, good with clients and a good presence in court;
  • brings a forensic approach to cases and has an engaging style;
  • has excellent client care skills, pays great attention to detail and is very knowledgeable;
  • a good tactician with excellent forensic analysis;
  • puts clients and experts at ease with his grasp of issues and pleasant manner;
  • his expertise spans acting for medical, police and other professionals; and 
  • a smooth operator and persuasive advocate.

Reflections

“Between my finger and my thumb, the squat pen rests, I’ll dig with it” is the final verse of my favourite poem, “Digging” by Seamus Heaney. It tells the story of a young lad growing up on a farm in Northern Ireland, who knew he wasn’t going to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a farmer; he was going to move away and be a writer instead.

And so it was for me. Well, not quite. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I did leave my home in Belfast in the late 1980’s to come across to England to study Law and get called to the Bar. I have been in Chambers in London ever since. I have, however, continued to hanker after my roots and since being called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 2006 I now return home often to appear in Court and Inquests.

“My background, upbringing and training with some of the finest lawyers of their generation allow me to serve all of my clients with dedication, equality, warmth, understanding and good humour, even in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Growing up in Belfast at that time was not all plain sailing. At school I was told that if I got the same set of results as the guy from the other side of town, he would get the job and I wouldn’t. So, I had to do better. The discrimination and unfairness of that sentiment instilled in me a powerful work ethic. I work hard for my clients, very hard. Put simply, they deserve that I do better than the guy from the other side of town.

Many of my clients are vulnerable or demanding and I like to think that my background, upbringing and training with some of the finest lawyers of their generation allow me to serve all of my clients with dedication, equality, warmth, understanding and good humour, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

I am an advocate and I remain committed to providing excellence in every aspect of that role.

Privacy

Gerard adopts and adheres to the provisions of the privacy notice which can be accessed here.

further information

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Bar Council Membership No: 29358
Registered Name: Gerard James Boyle
VAT Registration No: 629043151