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, the management of neurological conditions, surgical errors, and birth injuries.
He also has related expertise in inquests and medical product liability.
Outside of the law, he has a keen interest in watching and playing cricket and has followed the England team on a number of overseas tours. Aneurin can also regularly be found at Anfield supporting his local football team, and continues to support his childhood local team Bristol Rovers.
He also finds the time to sit on the Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board for Personal Injury, and to produce the clinical negligence barrister blog.
Areas of expertise
- Clinical negligence & personal injury
- Clinical negligence
Aneurin’s practice is largely focussed on clinical negligence claims, and he is a genuine specialist in this area. His practice is predominantly claimant based, although he is also instructed on behalf of NHS Trusts, Welsh Health Boards, and private doctors and clinics.
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, and will consider acting under conditional fee agreements to include representation at inquests in appropriate cases.
- A v East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust: Aneurin was originally instructed on behalf of the family in a 3 day inquest concerning the hospital’s failure to treat complications following a robotic radical prostatectomy. Aneurin advised in the resulting High Court Fatal Accidents Act claim which settled for £300,000.
- C v Bedford Hospital NHS Trust: claim arising out of a delay in diagnosing breast cancer in respect of a young woman. The claim involved difficult causation and quantum issues, with disputed life expectancy evidence. The claim settled for £475,000.
- 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.
- F v Dr S and Others: Junior (to Michael Horne KC) in a claim concerning the excessive prescribing of anti-platelet medication. The case on causation relied on successive material contributions to 3 different strokes. It settled for £475,000 shortly before trial.
- B v Homerton University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: delay in treating cauda equina case. Despite a relatively good recovery, the case settled for £130,000.
- 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.
- U v Barts Health NHS Trust: instructed on behalf of the claimant and young child dependants in a Fatal Accidents Act claim arising out of the failure to treat clotting following surgery. Aneurin represented the family at inquest and subsequently secured an admission of liability. The extensive dependency claim is ongoing and pleaded at £1.8m.
- 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.
- 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 peripheral 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 venous thromboembolism 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.
- Inquest touching the death of KC: misadventure conclusion in case concerning complications following routine oesophageal surgery. Prevention of future deaths report made.
- Personal injury
Aneurin handles a wide variety of personal injury claims. He has particular experience in employers liability cases, but is also instructed in road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability claims, and Highways Act claims. His clinical negligence experience makes Aneurin well placed to deal with complex causation and quantum issues.
- Brushett v Hazeldean (Central London CC): road traffic accident case dubbed ‘the case that divided the nation’ concerning a pedestrian struck by a cyclist. Aneurin secured a judgment for the claimant with a 50% deduction for contributory negligence. The case was reported in the Times, and other press.
- L v Butt: Highways Act case concerning a head injury sustained when a cyclist was injured by a pothole. Extensive medical and employment expert evidence was required, where the loss of earnings claim turned on proving causation and quantum in respect of lower than anticipated university grades. The case settled for £170,000.
- S v Green: Claim involving a foreign national who was injured when a car collided into his motorcycle at speed. The claim included a novel argument concerning domestic and foreign earnings evidence, and settled before trial for £150,000.
- M v B Ltd: Claim concerning a serious construction site injury where a professional property developer was injured on his own site when the defendant company allowed him to enter an unsafe area. The case was defended robustly, but settled before trial with minimal litigation risk or contributory negligence discount.
- Product liability
Aneurin is instructed in product liability claims, and has particular experience in claims arising from defective medical products.
He was instructed as junior counsel in co-ordinated litigation arising out of the use of polypropylene mesh in medical devices, and more recently acted as sole counsel in a number of cases that proceeded against NHS Trust defendants on consent grounds.
- 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:
‘Aneurin is extremely thorough with great attention to detail. His advice is always very practical.’
‘ He is a fearsome advocate, who brings a pragmatic approach to the table when required.’
Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board for Personal Injury