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Instructing James Weston

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James Weston practices in the fields of clinical negligence, catastrophic injury and abuse / social services claims.

Within his areas of expertise he undertakes complex and high value litigation, including group actions, as well as inquests for families, local authorities and institutional clients.

Legal Expertise

Clinical Negligence

James undertakes a range of complex and high value clinical negligence work. He has a particular expertise in cases involving birth, brain and neurological injury. He is regularly in court cross examining clinicians and experts. In the past year he has undertaken a number of trials, including on issues of informed consent and scope of duty.

James also represents families at coronial proceedings including Article 2 inquests following deaths in psychiatric units.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases

Inquest into the death of Chanice Anderson (2019)

Article 2 jury inquest following the death of a patient on a psychiatric unit.

T v St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2019)

Birth injury resulting in cerebral palsy.

C (a child) v Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust (2019)

Birth injury.

MG (a child) v Barts Health NHS Trust (2019)

Wrongful birth claim.

Various Claimants v (1) S; (2) A clinic (2019)

Group action concerned with unnecessary cancer treatment.

Inquest into the death of Mia Rose Atkins (2019)

Death of a toddler in hospital following a hypoxic brain injury.

Inquest into the death of Baby Bienias (2019)

Death of a baby girl as a result of vigorous obstetric handling at birth.


Abuse & Social Services Claims

James defends local authorities and other bodies in litigation involving allegations of child and adult social services negligence, abuse and deprivation of liberty. He also has a particular expertise in claims under Articles 2, 3 and 8 of the Human Rights Act.

Notable Abuse & Social Services Claims cases

F v A Borough Council (2019)

Defending an abuse claim valued at over £1 million.

MR v C Healthcare (2019)

James represented a psychiatric hospital in a claim for alleged abuse of a patient by his treating psychologist.

Akay v Newcastle University (2019)

Stress at work and bullying claim - struck out on Defendant’s application for abuse or process.

Various Claimants v A County Council (2017-2019)

Group action following abuse in a care home.


Brain Injury

James is an expert in brain injury claims with an in-depth understanding of neurological and neuropsychological medico-legal issues. He is adept at marshalling and cross-examining experts. His advice is a mix of pragmatic realism and a keen desire to test the boundaries on quantum.

Notable Brain Injury cases

C v JL & Zenith Insurance (2019)

Severe brain injury to a head teacher following an RTA. High Court.

C v L (2019)

Brain injury following an assault with a weapon and a deliberate running down with a vehicle.

PB v KC (2019)

Claim on behalf of a police officer. Settled for £1.2 million. High Court.


Inquests & Inquiries

James represents interested persons in coronial proceedings, including Article 2 inquests, in his areas of expertise. He regularly appears for adult and children’s services where the reputation and standing of social work professionals and departments is in question. He also represents families following deaths in hospitals and state detention.

Notable Inquests & Inquiries cases

Inquest into the death of JS & VS (2019)

Article 2 inquest representing a local authority following a domestic homicide.

Inquest into the death of Chanice Anderson (2019)

Article 2 jury inquest following the death of a patient on a psychiatric unit.

Inquest into the death of Mia Rose Atkins (2019)

Death of a toddler in hospital following a hypoxic brain injury caused by choking at home.

Inquest into the death of Baby Bienias (2019)

Death of a baby girl as a result of vigorous obstetric handling at birth.

B v A Borough Council (2018)

Inquest and consequent Article 2 claim following the suicide of a child known to the local authority.


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