Barrister Peter Ellis

Peter Ellis

Year of call: 1997  

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“Joins the elite of London’s clinical negligence juniors thanks to his continually increasing presence on many high-value, complicated medical negligence cases.”

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Overview


Dr Peter Ellis is ranked by the Legal 500 (Tier 1) and Chambers & Partners (Band 1) as a leading junior in clinical negligence at the London Bar: “Joins the elite of London’s clinical negligence juniors thanks to his continually increasing presence on many high-value, complicated medical negligence cases…impresses sources with his medical know-how, approachability and depth of knowledge beyond that of his contemporaries…you win cases with him because he helps everyone through the evidence calmly and effectively and makes over-aggressive hired guns seem foolish…”.

His principal areas of expertise are complex clinical negligence and personal injury cases, including product liability, coroners’ inquests, and related fatal accident litigation. He acts for claimants and defendants. In 2016 he succeeded Adam Weitzman QC as head of the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team.

Dr Ellis practised as a hospital doctor and as a solicitor specialising in healthcare and product liability litigation at DAC Beachcroft before transferring to the Bar. He has been an Assistant Coroner in London since 2000, and is a qualified mediator. He is the author of the clinical negligence chapter in Butterworths’ Personal Injury Litigation Service. He is a regular chairman and speaker at medico-legal conferences, for lawyers and healthcare professionals. Dr Ellis is also a coach for Old Alleynian Rugby Club, and an RFU first aider.

Clinical Negligence Personal Injury

Clinical Negligence


Dr Peter Ellis is ranked by the Legal 500 (Tier 1) and Chambers & Partners (Band 1) as a leading junior in clinical negligence at the London Bar: “Joins the elite of London’s clinical negligence juniors thanks to his continually increasing presence on many high-value, complicated medical negligence cases…impresses sources with his medical know-how, approachability and depth of knowledge beyond that of his contemporaries…you win cases with him because he helps everyone through the evidence calmly and effectively and makes over-aggressive hired guns seem foolish…”.

He is instructed by many of the UK’s leading firms on complex clinical negligence cases, including obstetric and other brain and spinal cord injury claims. His practice benefits from his experience as a former hospital doctor specialising in internal medicine. In 2016 he succeeded Adam Weitzman QC as Head of the Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Team at 7BR.

Dr Ellis is experienced at representing parties at round table settlement conferences and other forms of ADR. He is a CEDR trained mediator. He is the author of the clinical negligence chapter in Butterworths’ Personal Injury Litigation Service. He is a regular chairman and speaker at medico-legal conferences, for lawyers and healthcare professionals, and undertakes expert witness training.

Memberships


  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Coroners’ Society of England & Wales
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Medico-Legal Society
  • Society of Doctors in Law
  • Society for Ethics & Law in Medicine
  • Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of London

Inquests and Judicial Review Human Rights Act Cases

Inquests and Judicial Review


Dr Ellis is in great demand for his expertise in relation to coroners’ inquests, where he uses his experience as an Assistant Coroner in London since 2000. He is regularly instructed in complex healthcare cases, including cases involving medicinal products and devices, and deaths in nursing homes. He also undertakes cases involving workplace accidents and road traffic accidents, where issues of sub-standard medical treatment arise. He has represented bereaved families, insurers, employers, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and company officers. He undertakes a significant amount of related fatal accident litigation.

Human Rights Act Cases


Dr Ellis regularly undertakes enhanced Article 2 inquests including cases involving the deaths of voluntary and detained psychiatric patients, and subsequent litigation.

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • Popple v Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust [2012] EWCA Civ 1628 (CA): Hypoxic ischaemic birth brain injury, appeal on causation of injury.
  • Carrigan v Barts & The London NHS Trust: Delay in diagnosis of epidural haematoma complicating spinal cord electrode, paraplegia.
  • Defoe v Luton & Dunstable Hospitals NHS Trust: Failure to diagnose congenital cardiac arrhythmia, brain damage.
  • Hayhurst v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust: Brain injury complicating radiological vascular procedure.
  • R v Epsom & St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust: Delay in diagnosis of brain tumour, blindness.
  • Turner v Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust: Absconding psychiatric patient sustaining severe head injuries in RTA.
  • Walmsley (deceased): Inquest, investigation of potential role of insulin pump in diabetic’s death.
  • Rhodes (deceased): Inquest, death of child with complex congenital heart defects whilst awaiting heart surgery.
  • Cowler (deceased): Inquest, fatal complications of stem cell transplant in clinical trial for Crohn’s disease.
  • Hubley (deceased): Inquest, fatal haemorrhage complicating laparoscopic cholecystectomy absence of blood products on site, neglect verdict. A widely reported case which featured in a BBC Panorama documentary on fatalities at independent surgical treatment centres.

Personal Injury


Dr Peter Ellis has broad experience of acting for Claimants, insurers and local authorities in personal injury claims, with an emphasis on high value claims involving complex medical evidence, including brain and spinal cord injuries. He is recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading PI practitioner. His practice benefits from his experience as a former hospital doctor specialising in internal medicine, and as a former solicitor at DAC Beachcroft, London. He also undertakes claims involving the armed forces, where he uses his experience as a former medical officer in the Royal Navy. Dr Ellis is experienced at round table settlements and other forms of ADR. He is a CEDR trained mediator.

Dr Ellis was editor of the personal injury chapter in Tottel’s Law of Limitation between 2002 and 2012. He is the co-author (with Timothy Meakin of 7BR) of the Work Related Injury & Illness Litigation Handbook (XPL Publishing), winner of the 2004 Royal Society of Medicine/Society of Authors’ Minty Prize for best medico-legal book.

Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Coroners’ Society of England & Wales
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Medico-Legal Society
  • Society of Doctors in Law
  • Society for Ethics & Law in Medicine
  • Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of London

Inquests Claims Involving The Military

Inquests


Dr Ellis is in great demand for his expertise in relation to coroners’ inquests, where he uses his experience as an Assistant  Coroner in London since 2000. He has represented bereaved families, insurers, employers, manufacturers and company officers. He undertakes a significant amount of related fatal accident litigation.

Claims Involving The Military


Dr Ellis has extensive experience of personal injury and clinical negligence claims involving the armed forces, including coroners’ inquests, where he uses his experience as a former medical officer in the Royal Navy.

Personal Injury Cases


  • Reynolds v Strutt & Parker LLP [2011] EWHC 2263 (QB): Duty of care owed to employee injured during office cycle race.
  • King v Persimmon Homes: Builder injured in fall, subsequent hospital acquired MRSA infection complicated by paraplegia.
  • Eastgate v Oxfordshire County Council: Applicability of manual handling regulations to employee failing to declare a full medical history.
  • Pearce (deceased): Inquest, health & safety failures relating to work at heights, fatal head injuries sustained in fall.
  • Staley (deceased): Inquest, gross failures of Metropolitan Police 999 service, fatal cocaine overdose.
  • Bennett (deceased): Inquest; widely reported case involving a young female pedestrian sustaining fatal head injuries when struck by a cyclist riding on pavement.

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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Judicial Appointments


  • Assistant Coroner in London in 2000
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