Clementine Coram-James’s main areas of practice are personal injury and clinical negligence, commercial and employment law and professional discipline.
Having completed secondments with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Financial Conduct Authority, Clementine has particular expertise in the regulation of medical professionals and members of the financial services industry.
Clementine regularly appears in the County Court, High Court, Tribunals and the Coroners’ Court. Her cases include fast track and multi track trials and contested applications where she appears for claimants and defendants alike. Her medical practice spans the full clinical spectrum with recent instructions including obstetrics, oncology, orthopaedic, dental and general surgery, acute medicine and general practice.
Clients have been impressed by Clementine’s “attention to detail and meticulous preparation” and speak highly of her advocacy: “when a difficult judge asked numerous taxing questions on technical points of law” she “gave succinct responses and knew the law inside out”. She is a tenacious advocate both in Court and on paper with an ability to grasp complex factual and legal issues quickly and to present arguments persuasively.
Clementine undertakes a wide range of clinical negligence matters of varying degrees of complexity and value. She has experience across the healthcare setting including claims relating to delayed diagnosis, chronic pain, psychiatric care, dental care, birth injuries and neurological injuries. Her inquest practice complements her civil practice and has assisted further to develop her knowledge of medical issues.
Clementine accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants.
Recent instructions have included advice and pleadings for a negligence claim arising out of a nerve injury which prevented the Claimant from pursuing her career as a professional musician; delayed diagnosis of cancer; and secondary victim claims for psychiatric harm within a clinical setting.
Clementine’s recent experience at the Nursing and Midwifery Council means that she is well placed to consider the regulatory aspects of clinical negligence claims.
In addition, Clementine has gained inquest experience from her time with Peter Ellis and has subsequently been instructed in multi-day inquests. She has experience dealing with bereaved families, the health and safety executive and institutions whose practice and procedure is subject to scrutiny.
Clementine is developing a broad commercial practice including professional liability and insolvency. She regularly appears in the High Court and the County Courts.
Clementine has experience of obtaining urgent injunctive relief, including freezing injunctions. She is very aware of the need to act quickly and to bring cases before the court within a matter of hours.
Recent instructions have included acting as sole counsel in the High Court seeking the rescission and dismissal of a winding up order. She also has experience of obtaining validation orders in insolvency cases.
In addition, Clementine has a particular interest in property matters and has experience of advising and appearing at trial in mortgage-related and landlord and tenant disputes, including allegations of antisocial behaviour and disrepair and contractual disputes.
In addition to being regularly instructed to appear at trial in the Magistrates Court, Clementine has appeared in the Crown Court (including the Central Criminal Court), both for the prosecution and defence. She has experience of jury trials, legal arguments, applications and appeals.
Clementine has acted in matters involving expert evidence in various specialities, but particularly medical professionals. Her experience has included both calling and cross-examining such witnesses.
Recently, Clementine assisted in a large scale disclosure exercise for the Metropolitan Police in a high value fraud case.
Whilst in pupillage, she assisted members of chambers in high profile and complex prosecutions arising out of alleged regulatory offences in the fields of investment and finance.
Clementine has appeared in the Employment Tribunal in multi-day final hearings as well as in various directions and application hearings. She has experience in a range of matters including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, redundancy and discrimination.
Before commencing her pupillage, Clementine was a pro bono employment advocate with the Free Representation Unit, where she gained experience in advising, negotiating and appearing in a range of employment cases, including a case involving allegations of sex discrimination.
Clementine accepts instructions in all employment matters and is able to undertake advisory work and representation in the Employment Tribunal.
During her pupillage with Steven Gray, Clementine gained exposure to a number of cases involving offshore work, with a particular focus on the Channel Islands. As a result, she has gained experience in cases involving financial and business crime as well as the related civil, public and regulatory matters.
Clementine is sensitive to the demands of an international claim and is able to accept instructions to assist the advocate/attorney team in any offshore matters.
Clementine has a thriving personal injury practice representing both claimants and defendants. She accepts instructions at all levels of proceedings and offers advocacy, advice (liability, causation, quantum, limitation and evidence, factual and expert) and drafting.
Clementine regularly appears in fast track liability and quantum matters. She has developed particular expertise in cases involving allegations of fraud and/or fundamental dishonesty. She appears in court in relation to road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability, highways act claims and industrial disease claims on a regular basis.
Clementine has a particular interest in regulatory and disciplinary work relating to the medical profession, as well as financial regulation.
A 6-month secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2015 has enabled Clementine to develop a detailed knowledge of the regulatory framework and standards for healthcare professionals. She is experienced in the full range of hearings including substantive hearings before the Health Committee and substantive hearings in misconduct, conviction and competence matters. Cases have included serious allegations of a sexual nature, persistent lack of competence and dishonesty, involving large numbers of charges and witnesses.
At the FCA Clementine was instructed as junior counsel in proceedings before the Regulatory Decisions Committee. The case involved high profile individuals and institutions and arose out of alleged breaches of the Listing Rules and APER 1. She advised on the case against certain individuals connected with the transactions and was involved in preparing suspect interviews.
Clementine is particularly aware of the reputational and professional consequences of disciplinary proceedings, recognising the need for clients to receive sensitive, sound advice and robust representation.