Barrister Ross Beaton

Ross Beaton

Year of call: 2013  


Ross specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence, and inquests. He has represented family members at inquests and advised on related civil claims. He also has extensive experience, of employers’ liability claims and of road traffic accident claims, acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

Before coming to the Bar, Ross studied Philosophy and French as an undergraduate, and International Relations as a graduate, at Balliol College, Oxford, and Political Science at Sciences Po, Paris. He has also spent time studying Arabic in Lebanon, Morocco, and the Yemen, and he has previously worked for the European Commission and the Government Legal Department.

Scholarships & Prizes

  • Bar Council Law Reform Essay Prize (2013)
  • Inner Temple Exhibitioner (2011), (2012)
  • Foley-Bejar Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford (2008-11)
  • Fontenay Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford (2004-05)


  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Inner Temple
  • AvMA
Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence

Ross has experience of acting for Claimants and Defendants in clinical negligence disputes. He completed pupillage at chambers which specialised in clinical negligence.

He has built his most substantial clinical negligence practice to date in his appearance at inquests. He is experienced in pleading claims and advising on liability and quantum, both in writing and in conference.

His recent work includes:

  • Settling a dependency claim for family members following a suicide in a mental health unit, where he had also acted during the inquest.

In appropriate cases he is willing to accept instructions on a CFA basis.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Ross has experience of a broad range of personal injury matters, acting for both Claimants and Defendants. His experience ranges from regular appearances in fast track trials and at case management conferences to multi-day trials on the multi-track. He is available to draft statements of case and advise on the merits and quantum of claims at all levels.

Ross has extensive experience in fast-track trials, most frequently arising out of road traffic accidents. His experience includes dealing with allegations of fraud and with issues of fundamental dishonesty and the application of Qualified One-way Costs Shifting.

Inquests & Inquiries

Inquests & Inquiries

Ross has appeared as counsel at numerous inquests, examples of which are detailed below:

  • Inquest into the death of SS (2017) 2 day inquest into the death of a mental health patient being looked after in the community, resulting in the Coroner making a Report to Prevent Future Deaths.
  • Inquest into the death of Scott Dobson (2015) A two week jury inquest into the death of a safety supervisor undertaking work on a railway line. This matter received extensive press coverage.
  • Inquest into the death of AL (2014) 2 day Article 2 inquest into the death of a psychiatric patient in a mental health unit.

He also has experience of assisting, in a junior capacity, with larger scale inquests running over a number of weeks and attracting public attention.

How to get in touch

For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

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