Christopher Taylor

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Head of Chambers/Barrister

Christopher Taylor is a Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence specialist who undertakes complex, high value cases especially involving severe brain damage and spinal injuries, industrial disease and fatal accidents. His Clinical Negligence work involves a host of different fields including obstetrics, gastroenterology , orthopaedics  and ophthalmology.

He also undertakes professional negligence claims involving personal injuries, and represents parties in high profile Coroner’s Inquests. He is involved in the current MoM hip implant litigation.

Christopher has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court as well as Coroner’s Inquests.

“Very thorough and has excellent client care.” “The things that really stand out are his energy and fighting spirit. His client care is second to none.” “As an adviser, he is detailed and meticulous, and as an advocate he is robust and impressive.” – Chambers & Partners 2018

“Christopher Taylor is very thorough and has excellent client care. He is great working as part of a team and his tenacity has helped him secure some excellent results for his clients.” Chambers & Partners 2017

‘He has great empathy with clients.’ – Legal 500 2017

“He has great energy and a tremendous fighting spirit.” – Legal 500 2015

“Christopher Taylor is good on higher value cases where the client needs a sympathetic barrister” – Chambers and Partners 2011

“A senior and very experienced counsel, is very thorough, has excellent client care and always works as part of a team” – Legal 500 2010


Christopher enjoys being instructed by a broad range of solicitors and although he does predominantly claimant work he finds acting for defendants equally challenging. His cases range from representing those severely brain damaged and/or with severe spinal or other orthopaedic injuries (with awards over £5 million) to actions for victims of industrial disease. He has developed a particular interest in Fatal Accident claims and is increasingly being asked to represent parties in high profile Coroner’s Inquests. He finds that clients, who are often confused and distressed, benefit from an informed and friendly meeting at an early stage. He believes strongly in a “team” approach by the legal representatives and experts.

Recent cases

Recent cases include a Clinical Negligence claim involving negligent misdiagnosis by a paediatrician who failed to detect a brain tumour in a 9 year old girl (24 years old at date of settlement) who suffered severe brain damage as a consequence. The case involved multiple medical experts as well as care and financial experts. Sowden and Thompstone issues were addressed. The case was finally settled for £2.6m.

A complex Personal Injury claim went to trial in the High Court, Bristol on issues of quantum and causation. Trial lasted 5 days and on final day settled for £200,000 plus all costs, when the defence Pt 36 offer had been £30,000. There were intense disputes over orthopaedic, psychiatric and forensic accountancy and particular issues over medical and factual causation and self-employed client’s accounts. This case looked difficult to win on paper, with an extremely intense and demanding client, but an excellent solicitor and a good team of experts led to damages that were considerably more than anything offered.

Another recent Clinical Negligence case involved representing dependant children of a 35 year old male who died following negligent surgery. Issues of breach of duty and causation were compounded by difficulties over identification of all the correct dependants.

He has no fewer than 11 reported cases to his credit. He has contributed several articles to the New Law Journal and is an occasional book reviewer for them on expert issues and general civil procedure. He has been invited as a speaker at the Expert Witness Institute in addition to giving numerous lectures and seminars.


BA (Hons) Law

Appointed Deputy District Judge (civil) 2004 and Head of Chambers 2010

Member of PIBA, APIL, AvMA, Bristol Medico-legal Society

Head of Chambers (2010-present)
Deputy District Judge (Civil) (2004)
"A great barrister to have on board for high-value claims which also require an understanding approach." Chambers & Partners 2017

Reported Cases:

Carlson v Townsend [2001] EWCA Civ 511 [the PI Protocol and the selection of experts]

Trustees of Portsmouth v Poppleton [2008] EWCA Civ 646 [no duty of care owed to adult undertaking indoor climbing]

The Bristol Concord Inquest [2008] [establishing liability following fatal fall from steps of Concord]

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  • Personal Injury - 16, August
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    “MIND THE GAP” …when jumping between balconies breaks the chain of causation

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    To the layman it might sound obvious that if you attempt to jump from one hotel balcony to another and fall in the process you will have difficulty in establishing that any blame rests with others. Yet these were the facts that presented His Honour Judge Seys Llewellyn QC and subsequently the Court of Appeal … Continue reading “MIND THE GAP” …when jumping between balconies breaks the chain of causation

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  • Clinical Negligence - 4, December
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    Bereavement award for co-habitees?

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    An analysis of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Jacqueline Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 1916 It might be thought that the recent Court of Appeal decision in this landmark case has the effect of bringing the law more into line with updated social norms in relation to … Continue reading Bereavement award for co-habitees?

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  • Personal Injury - 8, November

    Fundamental Dishonesty and QOCS

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    An analysis of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Howlett v Davies and Ageas insurance Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1696 On 30th October this year Lord Justice Newey gave the leading judgment of the Court of Appeal in this latest case that sought to clarify the exception to the general rule that a losing Claimant … Continue reading Fundamental Dishonesty and QOCS

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