Barrister Clementine Coram-James

Clementine Coram-James

Year of call: 2012  

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“…achieved excellent results on every instruction.”

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Overview


Clementine joined chambers in 2014 after successful completion of her pupillage. She has gained experience of a wide range of areas including commercial litigation, professional liability and regulation, personal injury and clinical negligence.

Clementine is building a broad practice across the spectrum of chambers’ work. She has been instructed by claimants and defendants to advise, draft and appear in trials and applications in small claims, fast track and multi track cases. She has also appeared in coronial proceedings, the High Court and the Employment Tribunal.

Having recently returned from a secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Clementine has particular experience in professional regulation relating to the medical profession.

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”.

Education

  • BPTC: Outstanding, Kaplan Law School.
  • GDL: Commendation, City Law School.
  • English Literature: BA(Hons), Bristol University.

Scholarships & Prizes

  • Advocacy prize for best overall performance, Kaplan Law School.
  • BPTC Award, Inner Temple.
  • Criminal Law prize, Kaplan Law School.
  • BPTC Exhibition and Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship, Inner Temple.
Clinical Negligence Commercial Crime Employment Offshore & International Personal Injury Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Clinical Negligence


Clementine has a particular interest in clinical negligence having spent time studying physiology at university.

Under the supervision of Peter Ellis and William Chapman, Clementine saw a wide range of clinical negligence claims during her pupillage. As a result, Clementine has experience in drafting pleadings and advice in a range of clinical negligence matters as well as drafting applications for interim payments in catastrophic brain injury cases. In addition, Clementine has attended a multi-day trial regarding the delayed diagnosis of breast cancer where limitation was in issue, a number of hearings in the High Court, numerous conferences with experts and settlement negotiations.

Clementine accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants. She is able to advise on liability, causation and quantum and to draft pleadings.

Recent instructions have included advice and pleadings for a negligence claim arising out of an alleged assault by a male nurse on a female patient and several delayed diagnosis matters.

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.

Commercial


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.

Crime


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.

Employment


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.

Offshore & International


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.

Personal Injury


Clementine has acted in a number of personal injury and general civil matters and is developing a broad 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.

During pupillage, Clementine spent eight months undertaking personal injury, clinical negligence and inquest work, supervised by William Chapman and Peter Ellis.  As a result, she has gained experience in catastrophic personal injury claims and those involving complex issues of causation.  She has had particular exposure to accidents involving multiple serious injuries to motorcyclists and claims against the MOD.

Clementine appears in Court most days and has gained experience at trial as well as in interim applications and costs budgeting matters.  She is regularly instructed by local authorities.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline


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.

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.

Since returning to chambers, Clementine has appeared as sole advocate in an 8-day disciplinary hearing involving multiple allegations of dishonesty and wide ranging clinical errors.

Clementine has also had experience with the Health and Safety Executive through inquests involving accidents at work.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline Cases


  • NMC v W – Represented the NMC in this 12 day case where the Registrant persistently made serious errors in her clinical practice causing harm to vulnerable patients. The NMC called 10 witnesses. W was struck off.
  • NMC v M – This case involved allegations of fraud which were not subject of a conviction as well as dishonest conduct during the course of the hearing. M was struck off.
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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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