Barrister Steven Ford

Steven Ford

Year of call: 1992  Silk: 2010


“Very much a preferred option”

Chambers & Partners 2014



Steven is a leading personal injury and clinical negligence silk. He represents local authorities, charities and private social care, religious and educational establishments in claims concerning child abuse, social care and educational negligence, stress at work, bullying and deliberate injury. He acts in clinical negligence cases and is experienced in all types of personal injury claims. He appears before disciplinary tribunals and at inquests and other enquiries. He advises public sector and corporate bodies on compliance issues associated with his areas of practice.

Clinical Negligence Personal Injury

Clinical Negligence

Steven acts in clinical negligence cases. He is regularly instructed by Claimants in maximum severity cases including cerebral palsy and other birth injury claims. Recent approvals have involved capitalised sums in excess of £7m. He recently advised in a case involving allegations that a consultant paediatrician negligently failed to identify that injuries caused to children shortly after birth were non-accidental. He is acting for Claimants in several cases concerning the side effects of the steroid Prednisolone.

Clinical Negligence Cases

  • A v Ashford and St Peters NHS Hospital Trust (2014): Liability settlement in complex claim alleging that negligent early discharge following cholecystectomy led to sepsis, hepato-renal failure, and ultimately cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain injury.
  • H v Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust (2013): Approved settlement in cerebral palsy claim; £2.5m lump sum and PPO of £155,000.
  • D v Chesterfield NHS Trust (2013): Failure to diagnose rotary nystagmus in childhood led to untreated brain tumor and partial blindness in adulthood.
  • R v Southampton Hospital NHS Trust (2013): Sonographer’s negligent failure to identify spina bifida on anomaly scan.

Personal Injury

Steven’s particular areas of expertise are the tort liability of local authorities, charities, religious orders and private social care and education providers, and the law of limitation and vicarious liability. He has appeared in a number of the leading cases concerning institutional child abuse and the negligent ‘failure to remove’ children from abusive parents or carers. Steven undertakes other types of personal injury claims for both Claimants and Defendants. He acts in fatal accident cases, asbestos-related and other disease cases, stress at work claims, Animals Act claims, work accidents cases and bullying and harassment claims.



Steven’s “reputation on child abuse cases has risen to great heights” (Chambers & Partners 2012). He is currently advising the BBC’s insurers in the claims arising from the activities of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall and the defendants in the claims concerning Cyril Smith. He is acting in a number of ongoing large group actions involving abuse and neglect in care homes, private schools and state schools. He is acting in group claims against religious organisations including the Sisters of Nazareth and the De La Salle Brothers. He increasingly acts for individuals who are facing damages claims for abuse.

Personal Injury Cases

  • Woodland-v-Essex County Council [2013] UKSC 66: Supreme Court decision on when a common law duty of care is non-delegable.
  • Dunn v Durham [2012] EWCA Civ 1654: Court of Appeal guidance on disclosure of social services and similar records in abuse claims; interplay between DPA 1998, HRA 1998, PII and CPR.
  • Raggett v The Governors of Preston Catholic College [2012] EWHC 3641 (QB): Swift J, high profile claim by solicitor claiming damages of £4.4m for sexual abuse committed by a Catholic Priest.
  • Devereux v Hayward [2011] EWHC 2780 (QB): Cox J, highway collision between horse and motorcycle.
  • A v Hoare [2008] UKHL 6, (2008) 2 WLR 311: Landmark House of Lords ruling on the limitation period in cases involving deliberate sexual assault.
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