Michael Ditchfield


Inquests

Manchester

36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Stephen Loxton
Paul Clarke


Inquests

Michael has appeared at numerous inquests. These have included:

  • An 8 week investigation into the death of a prisoner where issues arose as to the coroner’s entitlement to call and detain as witnesses released prisoners outwith her area of jurisdiction & to compel detained prisoners to give evidence:
  • A engineering modification to a tank where that modification was implicated in the death of a serving soldier;
  • Investigation into the death of several residents at a private nursing home.

Profile

Chambers UK Logo 2016Michael practices exclusively in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence and has now done so for more than twenty years. He began life at the Bar as general circuiteer cutting his teeth in crime, family and of course personal injury.

He moved to Kings Chambers in 2011 in order to better exploit an opportunity to concentrate and focus on disease litigation.

Michael has a particular interest in dust based disease cases and has appeared in a number of the recent significant cases regarding low-level asbestos exposure.

He has developed, of late, a certain skill in the more technical aspects of NIHL claims and has regularly provided seminars on discrete topics such as de minimis loss and the relevance of the 6kHz notch.

He regards interlocutory procedural applications of a more technical nature an interesting dimension to his work and has a busy papers practice, aiming to return instructions within 24-48 hours where possible.

Michael has been a member of the Attorney-General’s provincial panel of Counsel for more than 10 years, in which time he has conducted long-running inquests concerning prison deaths, as well as specialised investigations into the failure of military equipment and clinical fault.

Year of Call: 1993

Recommendations

Chambers UK 2016

"He has a superb, second-to-none customer service ethic and he is extremely quick at turning papers around. From him we get a detailed and tightly argued document."

The Legal 500 2012 - 'great technical expertise'.

The Legal 500 2011 - Michael Ditchfield whose ‘communication skills are second to none’.

The Legal 500 2010 - Michael Ditchfield ‘is the standout barrister, we use him in preference to many QCs’, states one instructing solicitor.

Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession 2013- Michael Ditchfield is a "highly conscientious, very personable and extremely knowledgeable lawyer." His personal injury practice is broad, but sources are especially keen to highlight his expertise on industrial disease cases, especially when it comes to dust cases leading to mesothelioma.

Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession 2010 - a popular choices amongst the region's solicitors and is praised for offering clients "meticulous advice."

Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession - 2009 - Michael Ditchfield is a leader in industrial disease work who has a particular emphasis on asbestos-related injuries. He is said to display "a remarkable awareness to every aspect of the case"

The Legal 500 2009 - Michael Ditchfield is an "expert in occupational disease."
Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)

NE Medico-Legal Society

Publications

Recent articles concerning:

The implications of s69 ERRA

The 6kHz notch in NIHL cases

Diseases in the Retail Sector

Mesothelioma after McGregor

Qualifications

BA(Hons) & LLM

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