Chris is responsible for an enthusiastic and dedicated group of 15 lawyers comprising CMS’s Clinical Risk and Medical Advisory and Professional Discipline and Regulatory teams committed to providing high quality and cost effective legal services from our London, Manchester and Sheffield offices.
The team deals predominantly with defending clinical negligence claims and professional disciplinary cases against doctors (generally before the General Medical Council) as well as assisting them in inquests. Most of our work is on the instructions of the leading medical defence organisation in the UK, the MDU. The team works for other medical and professional indemnity insurers and members of the medical profession for matters where they are not covered by a medical defence organisation. We also get involved in other aspects of CMS's work where there is a medical or medical regulatory aspect, including for private health care providers in a rapidly expanding area of the health market for legal services, for example assisting in "Safeguarding" and Serious Untoward Incident inquiries.
The work is both UK and international. The team has a strong reputation for excellence in defending high value, high profile, complex clinical negligence claims.
Chris and the team’s interest and expertise extends beyond the medical profession to other professions and in acting for both regulator of and regulated professionals. Panel appointments include the General Optical Council (GOC), an appointment based on an innovative joint venture arrangement with leading barristers’ chambers 2 Hare Court, with our clients benefitting from the combined skills and extensive experience of both solicitors and barristers working together seamlessly.