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Jeremy’s experience of clinical negligence law extends to over 900 cases, in which he has acted mainly for claimants. These have involved nearly all major medical specialities, including orthopaedics (adult and child), obstetrics and gynaecology, urology, ophthalmology, general surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, infectious disease, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and, of course, cardiothoracic surgery.
Significant and Reported Cases
Worrall v Antoniadou  EWCA Civ 1219
Appeared for defendant plastic surgeon in successful appeal against finding of negligence made against her at first instance. Trial judge’s findings of primary fact were reversed, as was his finding of breach of duty.
TN v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (2015)
Acted for young (29-year-old) claimant rendered hemiplegic by negligently-conducted neurosurgical procedure. Liability was admitted. The claim was compromised for a lump sum payment of £1.3m with a periodical payments order of £55,000 per year to age 55 and £80,000 per year for life thereafter.
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust v Evans  EWCA Civ 1059
Secured dismissal of appeal by defendant NHS Trust against a finding of liability arising out of their negligent conduct of a total hip replacement, causing a sciatic nerve palsy. The case now continues on the issue of quantum of damages.
Davenport v Ministry of Justice High Court, Shrewsbury District Registry, 2011
Successful defence of clinical negligence action arising out of a suicide in prison.
Jeremy practices almost exclusively in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence. He qualified as a doctor in 1983 and worked in hospital medicine for more than ten years before being called to the Bar. He underwent training in general surgery, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and then specialised in surgery of the heart and chest.
Jeremy is instructed on cases of all values, including very high value claims involving catastrophic injury at birth or in road traffic accidents. He is particularly interested in cases arising out of fatal accidents, in which damages are claimed for dependency, and those involving analysis of future loss where career progress was uncertain.
From February 2008 to April 2010 Jeremy was Counsel to the Redfern Inquiry into human tissue analysis in UK nuclear facilities. This was a government inquiry into “body snatching” by the nuclear industry. The report was presented to the House of Commons on 16th November 2010.
Jeremy was appointed to the Attorney-General’s provincial panel of Counsel in 2002 and re-appointed in 2007 and 2012. He has appeared on behalf of government departments, including the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice, in personal injury and clinical negligence cases and at inquests.
Year of Call: 1996
Areas of Expertise
- Clinical negligence
- Occupational disease
- Serious injury
Legal 500 2017
‘Organised and responsive, he is comfortable with the medical expert evidence.
Chambers and Partners 2017
"He provides a very detailed analysis" and is "very robust and straight to the point."
Chambers and Partners 2016
"He is instructed on the most tricky and complex cases. He is fantastic and his medical knowledge is second to none."
Chambers and Partners 2015
He's quick and efficient in turning around papers." "One of his main skills is grasping the central medical issues of a case."
Legal 500 2014
Jeremy Roussak is "Experienced in both clinical negligence and personal injury cases"
Chambers and Partners 2013
Jeremy Roussak has a thriving clinical negligence practice, and is in high demand due to the unique expertise he brings as a qualified surgeon. Commentators note that "he uses his medical qualifications to great effect when questioning expert witnesses."
Chambers and Partners 2012
Jeremy Roussak...benefits from his experience as a qualified doctor. He is much in demand for his expertise in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Commentators are particularly impressed with his performances in conferences and by his dealings with medical experts. Sources are also quick to praise the "exceptional quality of his pleadings and responses”.
Legal 500 2012
Jeremy Roussak’s “medical qualifications allow him to get to the heart of the medical issues”.
Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA)
Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
Treasurer, Northern Circuit Medical Law Association (NCMLA)
St John’s College, Cambridge: BA 1980 (medical sciences); BChir 1983; MA, MB 1984
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: Fellow 1988
City University: Diploma in Law 1995