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Matthew Barnes

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matthew.barnes@1cor.com

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Matthew has a civil and public law practice focused on all aspects of medical law, including clinical negligence, inquests, regulatory, and public law.

In clinical negligence, his practice includes work for both claimants and defendants, covering a range from low value claims up to the highest value catastrophic brain injuries.  He is recommended in this field in Chambers and Partners 2016 as follows: "Matthew Barnes is a really pugnacious advocate" and "an excellent junior who managed some difficult issues with tricky experts extremely well in conference".  He was recommended in this field in Chambers and Partners 2015, as follows “A rising star of this set, he is a clinical negligence specialist who acts for both claimants and defendants.  He advises on cases ranging from high-value brain injury claims to cerebral palsy, and is also an expert on fatality cases….  Incredibly pragmatic, he sifts through an argument very quickly to get to the nub of an issue.  He really does avoid delays in cases by progressing them very quickly, and is excellent in round-table meetings.  Very tenacious and quite punchy, he gets very good results”.

In inquests, he acts for both families and medical staff, and has experience of difficult and high profile cases.  By way of example, in the last year, he has been instructed in approximately 15 inquests including acting for the family in a recent inquest into the death of Mr Andrew Pimlott, who died in circumstances where a police officer fired a taser at him whilst he was covered in petrol.  He is recommended in the Legal 500 2015 in respect of inquests as follows: “He is refreshingly approachable and pragmatic, as well as being a very effective advocate.”

He is regularly instructed to act for Defendants in regulatory proceedings, including the GDC, the GMC, the NMC, the British Acupuncture Council, internal NHS Trust disciplinary hearings, and the Performers Lists for GPs and dentists.  Generally, he acts for defendants, although he has prosecuted in cases involving removal from the Performers List.  He has experience of cases involving criminal charges, and has been instructed to defend doctors in the magistrates’  court and crown court.  He was recommended in the Legal 500 2013 for Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law as follows: “Standout juniors include…Matthew Barnes, who is noted for his…ability to turn his hand to anything”.   He is recommended in the Legal 500 2015 for Professional Discipline as follows: “He is extremely thorough in his approach to cases.”

He has extensive experience of public law, as is demonstrated by the reported cases set out below, and in particular has been involved in challenges to treatment decisions and appeals from the GDC and GMC.

Directories

Clinical Negligence

"An excellent practitioner and a very, very good advocate." "He has an exceptionally bright mind blended with great pragmatism and tactical thinking." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

Matthew Barnes is a really pugnacious advocate" and "an excellent junior who managed some difficult issues with tricky experts extremely well in conference" (Chambers and Partners 2016)

"A rising star of this set, he is a clinical negligence specialist who acts for both claimants and defendants.  He advises on cases ranging from high-value brain injury claims to cerebral palsy, and is also an expert on fatality cases….  Incredibly pragmatic, he sifts through an argument very quickly to get to the nub of an issue.  He really does avoid delays in cases by progressing them very quickly, and is excellent in round-table meetings.  Very tenacious and quite punchy, he gets very good results" (Chambers and Partners 2015) 

 

Inquests

"Excellent at drilling down to the real issues in a complex claim." (Legal 500 2016)

“He is refreshingly approachable and pragmatic, as well as being a very effective advocate.” (Legal 500 2015)

 

Professional Discipline

"He is a very relaxed yet direct advocate with a refreshing style. He's very good at identifying the approach that should be taken in a case and is an excellent strategist." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

 "An absolute delight to work with." (Legal 500 2016)

“He is extremely thorough in his approach to cases.” (Legal 500 2015)

“Standout juniors include…Matthew Barnes, who is noted for his…ability to turn his hand to anything” (Legal 500 2013)

Qualifications

Bristol University, MA (1997)

Appointments

Junior counsel to the Crown (B Panel) 2009 - 2014

Junior counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 2005 - 2009

Significant cases include the following

Examples of Matthew’s recent reported cases are as follows:

Watts v The Secretary of State for Health [2016] EWHC 2835 (QB)

William Long v Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 0251 (QB)

Julie Connolly v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1339 (QB)

R (St Mary Magdalene Academy) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 725 (Admin)

R (JB Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] 1WLR 1060

Marion Miller v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust [2014] EWHC 3772 (QB)

Ahmed Oukhellou v Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWHC 2303 (QB)

Simon Samuda v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions [2014] 3 All ER 201

R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice [2014] 1 WLR 2658

R (JB Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] 1 WLR 836

Asmat Ali Shah v North West London Hospital NHS Trust [2013] EWHC 4088 (QB)

Michael Gordon Matthews v Buckingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust [2013] EWHC 753 (QB)

His older reported cases include the following:

R (on the application of RB) v First-tier Tribunal [2010] MHLR 192

R (on the application of O'Connor) v HM Coroner for the District of Avon [2009] EWHC 854 Admin

Magdi Bassilious v GMC [2008] EWHC 2857 Admin

R (on the application of Ross) v West Sussex PCT [2008] EWHC B15 (Admin)

R(on the application of B) v South Region Mental Health Review Tribunal [2008] EWHC 2356 (Admin)

R (Rogers) v Swindon PCT [2006] 1 WLR 2649

 

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News

1COR Annual Professional Discipline Seminar June 7th 2017
Matthew Barnes in Taser death inquest
1COR quiz team wins the Leigh Day / Silverlining Brain Injury Charity Quiz night.