Barrister Simeon Maskrey

Simeon Maskrey

Year of call: 1977  Silk: 1995

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“A man with a fearsome intellect, who is a challenging adversary”

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Overview


Simeon Maskrey QC is widely recognised as an outstanding silk in clinical negligence, personal injury and product liability cases. His expertise across all aspects of medical jurisprudence means that he is also instructed in public law and coroners’ courts cases involving challenging medical issues, particularly where the outcome of the case may have an impact upon civil liability. He is regularly instructed in professional negligence work, particularly claims against solicitors and valuers. He represents the interests of sports men and women and sports organisations, especially in a medical or disciplinary context. He has considerable experience of all forms of disciplinary tribunals, including medical, accountancy, solicitor and teaching professions. Simeon sits as a Deputy High Court Judge and he is Head of Chambers.

Ranked as the ‘star individual’ in clinical negligence and in band 1 for personal injury and product liability work by Chambers and Partners, 2014.

Clinical Negligence Personal Injury Product Liability

Clinical Negligence


Ranked as the star individual in Clinical Negligence by Chambers and Partners 2014, Simeon “receives plaudits from across the market for all aspects of his character and for the quality of his wide-ranging work in the field, although he is especially noted for his in-depth knowledge of birth injury cases.”

“It is exciting to see him in Court because you know you are going to see the master at work. However, his attitude doesn’t reflect this – he is very down to earth”.

Simeon has vast experience in clinical negligence actions, particularly those involving catastrophic injury and complex causational issues. Trials have involved all aspects of birth and neonatal injury including decision to delivery intervals, neonatal resuscitation, injury consequent upon hypoglycaemia, kernicterus, and metabolic mediated encephalopathy, neonatal and paediatric heart surgery and the inter-relationship of maternal choice and consent.

He is as experienced in the assessment of damages as he is with issues of liability, and has been closely involved in the development of structured settlements and periodical payment orders.

Many regard his open and straightforward approach towards lay clients and the relatives of lay clients as a particular advantage. He will take as long as it needs to explain, advise and reassure.

Simeon is experienced in all tiers of court, including the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice.

Memberships


  • PNBA
  • Midland Circuit

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • Dhillon v Midlands Ultrasound and Medical Services Ltd (2014): Trial involving failure of ultrasound screening.
  • Tempest v University Hospitals Birmingham [2014]: Continuing case involving an allegation of contributory negligence in the context of a clinical negligence claim.
  • Zhang v Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust [2012]: Trial involving traumatic Caesarean section giving rise to brain damage.
  • Mason v Dr Gerlis & others (2012): Trial involving the alleged failure to diagnose discitis leading to paraplegia.
  • Ganz v Dr Childs & Others [2012] EWCA Civ 1966: Trial concerning failure of GP to refer to hospital and failure of hospital to react to failing GCS leading to brain damage and tetraplegia.
  • JFX v York Hospitals [2010] EWHC 2800 (QB): Birth injury trial.
  • Bottomley v East Midlands Strategic Health Authority [2010] EWCA Civ 756: Consideration by the court of appeal on whether a local authority having the care of an injured Claimant should be joined in an action between the Claimant and the NHSLA.
  • Khairule v Northwest Strategic Health Authority [2008] EWHC 1537: Trial involving approach to be adopted where a limitation defence is raised in a birth injury case.
  • Gregg v Scott [2005] UKHL 2: Landmark House of Lords decision on “loss of a chance”.

Personal Injury


Simeon is a catastrophic injury specialist who has a wealth of experience in claims of maximum severity. He represents both claimants and defendants in cases involving highly complex brain and spinal injuries. He is also known for his expertise in multiparty litigation, and is recommended for his analysis of especially complex matters.

He is listed as a Band 1 Personal Injury silk in Chambers and Partners 2014.

“He is incredibly bright – he gets to grips with the most complicated issues, works around them, and comes up with the paperwork very quickly. He’s very efficient”.

“He cuts through the issues; he’s a real pleasure to work with”.

Memberships


  • PNBA
  • British Association for Sport & Law

Personal Injury Cases


  • Edmonds v Bansenga (2014): Quantum trial in an ABI case.
  • Ayres v Odedri (2013): Trial involving ABI consequent upon motor vehicle/pedestrian collision where allegations of deliberate or reckless behaviour were raised.
  • Kandiah v Hadfield (2013): Trial involving ABI consequent upon a motor vehicle/cyclist collision.
  • Mayes v Egan (2012): Trial concerning a road traffic accident leading to tetraplegia.
  • Eeles v Cobham [2009] EWCA Civ 204: Interim payment application where guidelines were given by the court of appeal as to the approach to be adopted in maximum severity cases.
  • Newton-Sealey v Armorgroup Plc (2008): Trial concerning duties owed by groups of companies engaging security personnel to work in Iraq.

Product Liability


Simeon is listed as Band 1 Silk in product Liability in Chambers and Partners 2014. In this context:

“Peers describe him as a man with a fearsome intellect who is a challenging adversary”You’d want him if you were a claimant”.

“Fearsomely bright, but nevertheless approachable and easy to work with”.

“He’s a gutsy fighter, who doesn’t give up easily, and is an extremely impressive advocate in court”.

Simeon has been closely involved in many of the vaccine damage multiparty actions, has given advice in the metal on metal prosthetic hip failure cases and has a particular knowledge of the complex issues involved in bringing actions against multinational drug companies.

Product Liability Cases


  • O’Byrne v Aventis Pasteur MSD Ltd [2010] UKSC 23: Vaccine damage case concerning limitation and date of commencement of proceedings in a European context.
  • Seroxat litigation [2010]: Alleged defective antidepressants.
  • Piper v JRI Manufacturing Ltd [2006] EWCA Civ 1344: Consumer Protection Act allegation of a defective prosthetic hip considered by the court of appeal.
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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.

Judicial Appointments


  • Deputy High Court Judge in 2000
  • Recorder of the Crown Court in 1994
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