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 those involving severe brain damage, spinal and multiple orthopaedic injuries together with industrial disease and fatal accidents. His extensive Clinical Negligence practice involves work in a host of different clinical settings [see entry in the Personal injury and Clinical Negligence department]  

As a result of his specialist knowledge in workplace and clinical settings, he has considerable experience in representing parties at Coroner’s Inquests involving industrial accidents and where the deceased has died whilst in hospital or under Local Authority care. He also represents families following fatal road traffic accidents. Examples of other Inquest cases include representing families in a fatal helicopter crash and at the Bristol Concorde Inquest.

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

“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 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


BA (Hons) Law

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

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

"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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