Barrister Craig Carr

Craig Carr

Year of call: 2005  


Craig Carr is a successful civil practitioner specialising in claims alleging child abuse, professional (including clinical) negligence, the civil liability of local authorities and a wide range of personal injury claims. He is retained counsel in one of the largest ever child abuse group actions (over 500 members). He is frequently instructed in high value personal injury and complex clinical negligence claims appearing regularly in the County and High Court.

Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence

Craig has an extensive, predominantly Claimant, clinical negligence practice. He has been instructed in claims ranging from those alleging negligence during child birth to those alleging negligence resulting in death, whether due to a failure to diagnose or improper treatment. He has dealt with many cases against GPs, Hospitals, nursing homes and practitioners in private practice. He is typically instructed at the pre-issue (or inquest) stage and will then provide advice throughout the claim, settling all necessary pleadings and providing representation at hearings and JSMs.


  • PNBA (Professional Negligence Bar Association)

Inquests & Judicial Review

Inquests & Judicial Review

Craig is an experienced inquest practitioner who frequently represents his clinical negligence clients before the Coroner. He has given talks on inquest practice including one specifically on neglect for AVMA. Examples of inquests he has been instructed in include:

  • Gorny: Five day inquest into a death from dehydration following a hip replacement and the failure to treat the pre-existing diabetes insipidous resulting from a successfully treated pituitary tumour (neglect verdict).
  • Wooding: Inquest into a death following the failure to give adequate DVT prophylaxis following surgery (neglect verdict).
  • Matthews: Inquest into a death following the failure to diagnose lung cancer (neglect verdict).
  • Aubrey: Inquest into a death following a fatal haemothorax resulting from the insertion and removal of a central line.
  • DC: Three day inquest into the death of a new-born from bilateral florid pneumonia.
  • Allen: Inquest into a death following surgery to reverse a colostomy relying on an old gastrografin test taken several months prior to death.

Clinical Negligence Cases

  • EP v North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust: Claim alleging negligent delay in diagnosing a pituitary tumour.
  • EB v Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Claim alleging negligent treatment of anorectal sepsis and abscess resulting in the need for abdominoperineal resection and, ultimately, death.
  • LW v West Hertfordshire NHS Trust: Claim alleging failure to diagnose cardiac abnormalities prior to a fatal heart attack.
  • JR v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust: Claim alleging negligent delay in diagnosing lung cancer.
  • TC v Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Claim alleging negligently performed surgery to remove a gallbladder.
  • OS v West Hertfordshire NHS Trust: Claim alleging a negligently performed hip replacement.
  • JP v 8 Defendants: Claim alleging negligent delay in diagnosing Crohn’s Disease.
  • SH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust: Claim alleging a negligent failure to diagnose testicular cancer.
  • RB v Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Claim alleging a negligent failure to diagnose mum’s haematoma following childbirth.
  • RL v County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust: Claim alleging negligent medical advice following cataract surgery resulting in a near complete loss of vision.


Craig maintains a varied practice in commercial work with a focus on claims involving allegations of professional negligence. He is instructed by the Claimant companies in a claim pleaded at over £3.8million against their former accountants and was instructed by the Defendant in a claim in the Chancery Division alleging losses resulting from breaches of the FSA’s Conduct of Business Rules. He acted for the Claimant in a professional negligence claim following an oil spillage on local authority land. He receives instructions from the largest provider of asset finance in the UK in contested debt recovery trials. He has experience in claims involving unfair terms, sale of goods and services, agency and misrepresentation.

At a very early point in his career, shortly after becoming a tenant in chambers, Craig was part of a team of lawyers instructed by the Defendant in a $97million constructive trust claim concerning the profits of a hedge fund.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Craig has a diverse and busy personal injury practice. He is instructed on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in employer’s liability (including disease), public liability and road traffic accident claims. He has considerable experience defending s.41 claims against Highway Authorities. He has appeared in the tribunal in CICA and CRU appeals. He specialises in claims alleging the physical and sexual abuse of vulnerable individuals and more generally in private law claims alleging civil liability against public bodies in the exercise of their statutory/public functions.


  • PIBA (Personal Injury Bar Association)
  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
  • ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers)

Abuse (Claimant)

Abuse (Claimant)

Since 2008, Craig has been instructed in a vast number of civil claims alleging the physical and/or sexual abuse of children, including those of professional negligence against social services departments for ‘failure to remove’, those brought directly against alleged abusers and those alleging institutional abuse in the Church, Care Homes, Detention Centres and Schools.

He is retained counsel in the Manchester Children’s Homes (No.2) Group Litigation and has advised in many of the individual claims (of which there are over 500). He has advised individual claimants in the Nugent Care Group Action and the St Williams Group Action. He has been instructed in claims alleging abuse at Greystone Heath, Rosehill, Mobberley, Medomsley, Crestmoor, Broomehouse, Penhill, Buglawton Hall, Woodend, Skircoat Lodge, Burton House, Bollin Crosss, Thorp Arch, Elwood, Healands, Orchard Lodge, Belmont and Chaigeley Hall School amongst many others.

He has given talks on this area of his practice including:

  • An update on Historic Abuse Claims.
  • Abuse claims: vicarious liability, limitation & quantum.
  • Aggravated and exemplary damages.

Personal Injury Cases

  • Hristov: Represented the partner of the deceased at the jury inquest into his death from electrocution and was instructed in the subsequent High Court Claim for damages (settled).
  • PD: Represented the claimant at a JSM in a claim arising out of a serious shoulder injury sustained at work, settled for £300,000.
  • OA: Acting for the claimant in an acquired brain injury claim following a near drowning accident in a swimming pool.
  • DT: Defending in a claim alleging breach of the Equality Act and Data Protection Act by a Local Authority’s social services department.
  • CN: Defending a Local Authority in a claim alleging negligence and breach of a non-delegable duty following injuries suffered by a protected party in a privately run care home.
  • CM: Defending an employer in an occupational stress claim pleaded in excess of £475,000.
  • TW: Defending an employer in a claim seeking over £250,000 in damages after an employee slipped on tomato ketchup.
  • BD: Defending a local authority education authority in a claim alleging negligence and infringement of human rights for failing to diagnose or act upon a pupil’s alleged chronic fatigue syndrome.

How to get in touch

For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

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