Aneurin specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury claims. His clinical negligence practice covers a wide range of medical disciplines. He is regularly instructed in claims arising out of delays in diagnosing cancer, delays in diagnosing neurological conditions (such as stroke and subarachnoid haemorrhage), surgical errors, and hospital acquired infections.
He also has related expertise in inquests and medical product liability.
When called to the Bar in 2013, Aneurin had already built up considerable experience at two solicitors’ firms. As well as practical experience, this has given him a good understanding of the pressures under which solicitors operate and the need to be clear and mindful of costs.
Outside of the law, he has a keen interest in watching and playing cricket and has followed the England team to Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa. He also supports Bristol Rovers, although this is more of a duty rather than a hobby!
He also finds the time to sit on the Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board for Personal Injury as well as run a clinical negligence blog.
Areas of expertise
- Clinical negligence & personal injury
- Clinical negligence
Aneurin’s practice is largely focussed on clinical negligence claims, and he is a specialist in this area. His practice is predominantly claimant based, although he is also instructed on behalf of NHS Trusts and individual doctors.
He is regularly instructed in claims arising out of delays in diagnosing cancer, delays in diagnosing neurological conditions (such as stroke and subarachnoid haemorrhage), surgical errors, hospital acquired infections, and the development of compartment syndrome. He has successfully settled several cases concerning alleged failures to provide fully informed consent.
His experience also includes birth injuries, wrongful birth claims, falls in hospital, and errors in anaesthesia. Aneurin was also instructed in a claim arising out of the Stepping Hill Hospital poisoning scandal.
Aneurin frequently appears at coroners’ inquests, where he usually represents the family.
- T v Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: claim arising out of negligent knee replacement surgery causing substantial disability. The claim settled for £307,500, with provision for adaptations to accommodation, and a future care regime.
- D v Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust: claim arising out of a delay in the diagnosis of a renal tumour. There was a significant claim for future care and adaptations, which has recently settled for £330,000.
- P v Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust: claim arising out of a delay in recognising that scaphoid fixation surgery had failed. Breach of duty was admitted, however, there were complex causation and quantum issues, including future loss of earnings claim for a director of a family run HGV business. The claim settled for £125,000.
- M v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust: Aneurin was originally instructed on behalf of the family in a 2 day inquest concerning the hospital’s failure to comply with the NICE venous Thromboembolism guidelines. Liability was admitted following the inquest, and Aneurin advised in the resulting Fatal Accidents Act claim which settled for £140,000.
- W v Hywel Dda Local Health Board: claim arising out of a failure to prevent retinal detachment following complaints of disturbance in vision to A&E and eye clinic staff. The matter settled advantageously for Aneurin’s client shortly before trial.
- G v Dr L: instructed on behalf of the claimant in a claim concerning the delay in diagnosing a parotid tumour, leading to facial palsy and a speech impediment.
- B v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: instructed by the claimant in a claim concerning failures to undertake appropriate investigations to diagnose oesophageal cancer.
- M v Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: instructed on behalf of the claimant in a claim arising out of the failure to diagnose and treat vascular disease.
- S v Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust: instructed on behalf of the claimant in a claim concerning consent issues in a natural birth after caesarean section.
- (1) B (2) S v East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust: instructed by the defendant in a claim alleging failures in reasonable response times. The claims involve primary and secondary psychiatric victim claims.
- Inquests & inquiries
Inquests & inquiries
Aneurin is regularly instructed in inquests, usually arising out of deaths following suspected negligent medical treatment. He is frequently instructed in Article 2 inquests, and also has experience with juries.
He often represents families at inquests, but also acts for doctors and healthcare trusts. Aneurin will consider acting on behalf of families on a CFA basis where there are prospects of a subsequent claim.
- Inquest touching the death of FW: instructed by the family in an Article 2 inquest concerning systemic failings in the Trust’s asthma attack protocol. The Coroner found that there had been gross failings, but fell short of a rider of neglect on causation grounds. The subsequent clinical negligence claim successful settled.
- Inquest touching the death of SM: instructed by the family following multiple failures to diagnose and treat the deceased’s DVT following a leg fracture. A Regulation 28 report was made by the Coroner, which led to a revision of national guidelines. The responsible NHS Trust admitted liability in the Fatal Accidents Act claim following the inquest. The case was reported here.
- Inquest touching the death of JF: instructed by the family in a case concerning a delay in diagnosis of sub-arachnoid haemorrhage. The pathologist changed her conclusion as to the cause of death during the inquest.
- Inquest touching the death of AF: instructed by the family in a case concerning the premature discharge from hospital of a newborn baby, who died of e-coli related sepsis less than 24 hours later.
- Inquest touching the death of EH: instructed by the family in a case where fatal injuries were suffered following a fall from a local authority operated vehicle. The inquest was reported here.
- Personal injury
Aneurin handles a wide variety of personal injury claims from fast track work to the higher courts. He has particular experience in stress at work cases, but is also instructed in road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability claims, and EL/PL claims. His clinical negligence experience makes Aneurin well placed to deal with complex causation and quantum issues.
- Instructed on behalf of the claimants (mother and child) in relation to facial injuries sustained from a dog bite, as well as psychiatric harm to the mother.
- Instructed in a claim arising out of a fatal fall on a construction site.
- Instructed on behalf of the claimant waitress who sustained a knife injury at work, who has gone on to develop complex regional pain syndrome.
- Product liability
Aneurin is instructed in product liability claims, and has particular experience in claims arising from defective medical products.
He is currently instructed as junior counsel (led by Jacqueline Perry QC) in a series of cases arising out of the use of polypropylene mesh in medical devices.
- Clinical negligence
- Insurance funded disputes
Insurance funded disputes
Aneurin regularly handles disputes involving insurers, details of which can be found in the Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Product Liability sections of his profile.
CSR & pro bono
AvMA Pro Bono Inquest scheme.
Aneurin is recommended for Clinical Negligence by Legal 500 which states: ‘ He is a fearsome advocate, who brings a pragmatic approach to the table when required.’
Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board for Personal Injury