Barrister Ashley Pratt

Ashley Pratt

Year of call: 2006  

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“…technical, tenacious – an impressive trial advocate.”

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Overview


Ashley is a specialist in the areas of Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, and Commercial litigation. His work often involves appearing in complex inquests.

Ashley’s practice has developed very quickly and has been involved in cases usually the preserve of those of greater call. He can comfortably deal with and is regularly instructed in high value personal injury, clinical negligence, and commercial matters.

The majority of his work is now on the multi-track and he has appeared in various high value cases in both the County Court and the High Court.

Clinical Negligence Personal Injury Commercial Product Liability

Clinical Negligence


Ashley is a busy clinical negligence practitioner and acts for national firms in this area. He has experience in clinical negligence cases ranging from obstetrics cases to failing to diagnose cancer. He is often involved with clinical negligence cases from their outset and is regularly instructed to attended inquests where there is an underlying clinical negligence issue.

Inquest and Judicial Review

Inquest and Judicial Review


Ashley has appeared at numerous inquests, examples of which are detailed below:

  • Inquest into death of Seth Dixon (2016) SF was run over, and later died, whilst crossing the road on his way home following him delivering a letter for his mother. The driver of the vehicle was found to have been using a mobile phone during the collision. The Coroner found that the use of the mobile phone during the incident contributed to Seth’s death. The case was reported nationally in both The Telegraph and The Daily Mail
  • Inquest into death of RE (2015) An Article 2, 5 days jury inquest into the alleged failure by a Hospital Trust to properly monitor RE, which was found to have more than minimally contributed to his death.
  • Inquest into death of DF (2016) 3 day Jamieson inquest into the death of an 18 hour old baby. The Coroner found multiple failings on behalf of the Trust which amounted to neglect.
  • Inquest into the death of SA (2016) 4 day jury inquest into the death of a psychiatric patient on section 17 leave.

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • LG v Medway NHS (2015) 3 day trial at the County Court at Medway concerning an alleged failure to diagnose that the Claimant had leaking cerebrospinal fluid following an earlier lumbar puncture. The Claimant had developed sub-dural hematomas as a result.
  • MB v City Hospital NHS Foundation (2016) (HHJ Freedman) 3 day trial concerning complex obstetrics evidence following an alleged negligent hysterectomy as a result of a failure to contain blood loss.
  • Inquest into death of RE (2015) An Article 2, 5 day jury inquest into the alleged failure by a Hospital Trust to properly monitor RE, which was found to have more than minimally contributed to his death.
  • Inquest into death of DF (2016) 3 day Jamieson inquest into the death of an 18 hour old baby. The Coroner found multiple failings on behalf of the Trust which amounted to neglect.
  • Inquest into the death of SA (2016) 4 day jury inquest into the death of a psychiatric patient on section 17 leave.

Personal Injury


Ashley has very quickly built up a predominantly multi-track personal injury practice and acts for both Claimants and Defendants at this level. Over the last few years Ashley has appeared on a number of occasions in the High Court with respect to accident at work and abuse claims. In the County Court Ashley has appeared in many multi-day trials.

Ashley has appeared against a number of silks both at court and in JSM’s, and has been involved in cases where the value of claims has exceeded £1m.

Claims Involving the Military

Claims Involving the Military


Ashley has acted for national firms in this area. He is currently instructed in claims where there are underlying clinical negligence issues and in claims concerning hearing loss before and during the theatre of war. Ashley has acted for military personnel at trial in respect of road traffic cases.

Personal Injury Cases


  • Inquest into death of Seth Dixon (2016) SF was run over, and later died, whilst crossing the road on his way home following him delivering a letter for his mother. The driver of the vehicle was found to have been using a mobile phone during the collision. The Coroner found that the use of the mobile phone during the incident contributed to Seth’s death. The case was reported nationally: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/hands-free-driver-who-knocked-over-and-killed-boy-7-was-only-han/
  • Cotton v Heatex (2014) – 4 day High Court trial (QB) led by Steven Ford QC. Accident at work claim involving various allegations of fraud, extensive surveillance and 7 experts. (HHJ Main QC).
  • Johnson v Heatex (2014) – (QB) Appeal to King J following circuit judge’s decision to refuse relief from sanctions for the late service of witness statements. Appeal granted in full with costs as the Defendant changed its previous stance of neutrality prior to the appeal to outright opposition at the appeal. Claim ongoing.
  • J v M Ltd & others (2013) – Acted for the Claimant in a three day trial before HHJ Hughes QC at Carlisle CC concerning an accident at work where the Defendant was alleged to have driven into the Claimant whilst he was working under a tent.
  • Murthay v Nicholls (2012) – Two day trial before Recorder Malek QC. RTA case involving a multiple car pile up. The case involved a detailed consideration of Res Ipsa Loquitur.

Commercial


Ashley has been instructed in an array of commercial matters. Ashley has a special interest in cases concerning civil fraud.

He has appeared in cases involving lending institutions. A recent case he was involved in was before Recorder Jack (now Jack J justice of the supreme court of Gibraltar) that concerned a dispute as to the legitimacy of a lending institution to loan monies to members of the public.

Ashley has appeared in the HM Land Adjudication Tribunal concerning a determination as to whether a monetary transfer was to be treated as an advancement or a resulting trust.

Ashley has been instructed to draft various forms of commercial agreements including trust deeds and shareholder agreements.

Product Liability


Ashley was instructed in assessing and assisting in filing GLO claims concerning the DePuy (as well as others) hip litigation. He is increasingly being instructed in this area.

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How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email: clerks@7br.co.uk.

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