Ross Beaton specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and inquests.
In addition to his busy paperwork practice, he is regularly instructed to act in trials and applications in Courts across England. Having been a civil practitioner specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence since pupillage, he has extensive experience of 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.
In addition to practising at the independent Bar, he has previously worked for the European Commission and the Government Legal Department.
Ross has experience of acting for Claimants and Defendants in clinical negligence disputes. He now acts primarily for Claimants and is willing to accept instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases.
He completed pupillage at chambers which specialised in clinical negligence. He is experienced in pleading claims and advising on liability and quantum, both in writing and in conference. He is comfortable in dealing with claims from the pre-action stage, through pleadings and the CCMC stages in both the County Court and the Queen’s Bench Division, to settlement.
Ross is known for his attention to detail in pleadings, his advice on quantum, and his conduct of conferences with multiple experts.
Settling a dependency claim for family members following a suicide in a mental health unit, where he had also acted during the inquest.
Drafting Particulars and advising on quantum for a Claimant who had suffered the consequences of incompetent placement of a feeding tube.
Drafting Particulars for a Claimant who had suffered life-changing injuries as a result of poor setting of a fracture.
Drafting Particulars for Claimants suffering the consequences of delayed diagnosis of cancer.
Assisting with the drafting of Schedules of Loss in high value adult brain injury and cerebral palsy cases (on secondment as in house counsel).
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. He accepts instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases.
Ross is regularly instructed in fast-track trials as well as in interim applications and case management matters. He has been appearing on a regular basis for Claimants and Defendants in road traffic matters since 2014, and has successfully represented Claimants faced with allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty on numerous occasions.
His work covers a wide variety of personal injury matters, including road traffic accidents, Highways Act claims, fatal accident claims, and employers’ and public liability claims.
Ross has appeared as counsel, in most cases for the family of the deceased, at numerous inquests across the country. He also has experience of assisting, in a junior capacity, with larger scale inquests running over a number of weeks and attracting public attention.
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.
A two week jury inquest into the death of a safety supervisor undertaking work on a railway line. Ross was sole counsel for the family. This matter received extensive press coverage.
2 day Article 2 inquest into the death of a psychiatric patient in a mental health unit.
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