Barrister Leslie Keegan

Leslie Keegan

Year of call: 1989  

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“His strongest attribute is his ability to cross-examine. He is very good at getting to the root of a problem.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

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Overview


Before coming to the Bar Leslie was a neurophysiologist and he is now a specialist in clinical negligence and personal injury cases, where his medical expertise renders him particularly suitable to act for Claimants in cases involving serious brain injury or complex medical issues. A former caseworker for AVMA, Leslie has been called to the Irish Bar.

As well as running a very busy practice dealing with all aspects of clinical negligence and personal injury law, Leslie writes on clinical negligence issues and is frequently asked to speak on these issues. He lectured on the RCOG course for newly-qualified consultants and is a former member of the editorial board of Facts and Figures. He is a current member of the CPD Sub-Committee of the Bar Standards Board.

Leslie is also a contributor to legal journals and to television & radio programmes on both sides of the Irish Sea. He acted for a number of claimants who obtained compensation from the Residential Institutions Redress Board in Ireland and he is supporting the survivors of the abuse in the Mother and Baby homes in Ireland and those who underwent the symphysiotomy procedure.

Clinical Negligence Personal Injury Sport

Clinical Negligence


“Very approachable and able.” Legal 500 2016

Leslie has a broad clinical negligence practice acting in cases at all levels. His background as a neurophysiologist means that he is particularly proficient in dealing with all types of serious brain injury cases but he has achieved very good results for clients with all types of injury. Leslie also devised and organises the highly successful Skeleton Series which provides important updates on clinical negligence cases to doctors and lawyers throughout the country both for those online as well as those that attend the lectures at chambers.

Memberships


  • PNBA
  • AVMA

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • Oliver V Hama: Claimant received a seven-figure sum. He suffered systemic sepsis which resulted in multi-organ failure and required bilateral leg amputations and removal of the digits on both hands.
  • Silcox v Maidstone & T’bridge Wells: Claimant received a six-figure sum. He suffered the misdiagnosis of a tracheal tumour leading to removal of part of his trachea.
  • Amer v Hywel DDA: Claimant received a six-figure sum. There was a failure to remove a second gastrointestinal tumour which may have caused metastases.
  • McLoughlin v Plymouth: Claimant received a six-figure sum. A mix-up with his painkillers led to him suffering a cardiac arrest.
  • De Keyser v Barking & Havering: Claimant received a six-figure sum. She suffered as a result of an anastomotic leak following an abdominal repair procedure.
  • Fitzpatrick v Gwent: Claimant received a six-figure sum. She suffered hemiparesis as a result of the failure to diagnose and treat a cerebral vascular accident in time.
  • Giannuzzi: Claimant was a child who received a 5-figure sum. He suffered a fractured forearm which was not managed appropriately and led to him having a misshapen arm for a period of a few years.

Personal Injury


Leslie acts in a wide variety of personal injury cases. His medical science background means that he has particular expertise in dealing with brain injury cases and cases involving complex medical issues but he has also acted in work related injuries, road traffic cases and a wide variety of personal injuries involving less complex injuries.

Abuse

Abuse


Leslie has been instructed on behalf of Local Authorities, parent and Children’s Guardians in a wide variety of care proceedings at all levels of court up to and including the Court of Appeal. His medical sciences background and experience in dealing with care proceedings combine with his experience in personal injury law and his ability to cross-examine to provide very effective representation for survivors of abuse. As well as acting on behalf of survivors of abuse in England and Wales he has acted for a number of claimants who obtained compensation from the Residential Institutions Redress Board in Ireland and he is supporting the survivors of the abuse in the Mother and Baby homes in Ireland and those who underwent the symphysiotomy procedure.

Personal Injury Cases


  • Ryan v Negash: Claimant received a six- figure sum. Claimant was a pedestrian who sustained serious head injury. Case was complicated by argument about impact of the Claimant’s unrelated neurological disorder on his functioning.
  • Winterbourne: Claim involving serious brain injury to Claimant.
  • Leslie also acted for a large number of claimant’s who brought claims before the Residential Institutions Redress Board in Ireland.

Sport


Leslie has a keen interest in sports law and in representing both individuals and organisations before all levels of courts and tribunals in the UK and Ireland. Being a member of the Irish Bar as well as a member of the Bar of England and Wales he is often called upon to advise and represent individuals and organisations on both sides of the Irish Sea. Leslie is also a member of BASL.

Regulatory & Disciplinary Child Protection

Regulatory & Disciplinary


Leslie’s background as a medical scientist is particularly useful in dealing with regulatory issues involving misuse of drugs in sport. As well as providing representation at tribunals dealing with these issues, Leslie lectures and writes on this subject in particular.

Child Protection


Having acted in care proceedings dealing with child protection issues at all levels of court and having a busy clinical negligence & personal injury practice Leslie is very well placed to deal with issues of child protection that come up in this area. He has also spoken widely on these issues and has been instrumental in encouraging the relevant authorities to improve the systems in place for protecting children in sport.

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