Sebastian Naughton

Call 1999

Sebastian Naughton | Call 1999

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Sebastian is a recommended as a leading clinical negligence practitioner in Chambers & Partners Directory.  He has been praised for his sensitive and calming manner with clients, his ability to quickly get to grips with the fundamental details of a case, and his ability to have a good rapport with the judges he appears before.

Clinical Negligence & Healthcare

“He’s very meticulous and his attention to detail is very good”.
Chambers & Partners

Assessment of future dependency loss in claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976: click here to read Sebastian Naughton’s commentary on Knauer v Ministry of Justice (published in AVMA newsletter in 2016).

experience & expertise

Sebastian acts for Claimants and Defendants (NHSLA, MDOs) in more or less equal measure. He regularly advises in cases of high complexity with multiple expert disciplines in conference, settles cases at round table meetings  and is led by and appears against KCs. He represents parties’ interests during inquests, and has substantial trial experience. He is an expert in quantum, with substantial experience in personal injury litigation, and pragmatic in settlement negotiations when required.

Sebastian has broad clinical and dental negligence experience, including cases involving birth injuries, brain injuries, cauda equina syndrome, cases arising from complications of bowel surgery, delayed diagnosis of cancer among many other categories.

cases & work of note

Examples of recent cases of note:

  • Represented an NHS Trust in a high-value cerebral palsy case at trial on liability issues in February 2018 (without a leader).
  • Acting on behalf of a child who suffered brain injuries as a result of un-diagnosed meningitis (ongoing in 2018, led by John De Bono KC).
  • Acted on behalf of a GP in a high value fatal accidents act claim relating to allegedly negligent failure to refer a patient with potential cardiac symptoms.  Case settled at round table meeting in January 2018.
  • Acted on behalf of an NHS Trust in a complex high value bowel injury case, settled at mediation in November 2017.
  • Acted on behalf of an NHS Trust at trial on liability issues in a case concerning bowel perforation (February 2017).
  • Acted on behalf of an NHS Trust in a birth injury case in which the Claimant sustained a fourth degree tear following childbirth.  Case pleaded at approximately £1m, settled at round table meeting October 2016.
  • Acted on behalf of NHS Trust in cerebral palsy case on quantum with pleaded  capitalised value of over £12m, led by Angus Moon KC.  Case settled at settlement meeting June 2016.
  • Acted on behalf of GP in a case concerning self-inflicted eye injuries by patient with OCD.  Pleaded at approximately £1m, settled at round table meeting June 2016.
  • Successfully represented the Claimant in a five day clinical negligence trial under the FAA 1976 in which breach of duty and causation were in issue (Hussain v East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, before HHJ Godsmark KC, unreported, November 2015), succeeding on all issues.
  • Acted on behalf of Claimant in a case concerning negligently performed caecostomy, causing infection and secondary complications including renal failure and eyesight loss, latterly led by David Balcombe KC.  Case settled shortly before trial in May 2015.


“He is incredibly hard-working.”
Chambers & Partners

“Seb is excellent. He provides pragmatic advice and always has helpful suggestions to take a case forward. He is particularly good with clients.”

The Legal 500

“Very analytical – he scrutinises the details of a case and ensures all the requisite evidence is in place”
The Legal 500

“He’s intelligent, thoughtful and excellent with clients. He will always go the extra mile on difficult cases and is superb at guiding experts.”
Chambers & Partners

“Always very well prepared and thoughtful.”
Chambers & Partners

“He has an incredibly approachable and collaborative approach.”
Chambers & Partners

‘An accomplished advocate who demonstrates a broad knowledge of both the legal and medical aspects of clinical negligence claims’
The Legal 500

“He has a very good manner in court – he’s very forthright and forceful but charming.”
Chambers & Partners

“He does a fantastic job for his clients.”
Chambers & Partners

‘Able to handle complex clinical issues in a timely and practical manner. ’
The Legal 500

“He has a very personable manner with clients and he is so down-to-earth.”
Chambers & Partners

“He’s precise, thorough, responsive, and provides extremely good-quality legal advice.” “He is conscientious and prepared to go the extra mile.”
Chambers & Partners

“Very concise, he is able to pull out the relevant parts of the case and really get to grips with the key points.”
Chambers & Partners