Craig 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: