Jeremy Roussak

Occupational Disease


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Paul Clarke

Occupational Disease

Jeremy is frequently instructed, by both claimants and defendants, in cases in which illness is alleged to have arisen as a result of exposure to asbestos.

Significant Reported Cases

Matthews v Collins & ors [2013] EWHC 2952 (QB)

Successfully resisted an application to strike out an asbestos-related claim where the claimant widow had allowed the coroner to destroy lung tissue samples taken from her late husband.

Shaw v Stead McAlpin & Co Ltd, Carlisle County Court 2012

Recovered nearly £200,000 for widow of man who had been awarded provisional damages in 1998 for pleural plaques and had subsequently died from asbestosis.


"He is instructed on the most tricky and complex cases. He is fantastic and his medical knowledge is second to none."

Chambers UK


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

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



Chambers and Partners 2018

"He's a former surgeon so is really suited to the work. He has inherently good knowledge of the field." "He's very responsive and always happy to chat about an issue over the phone. Definitely someone you want on your side rather than being against him." "He puts his medical qualifications to good use when cross-examining experts and grasps the central issues quickly."

Legal 500 2018

‘He has a sharp mind and loves detail.’

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”.

Chambers UK Logo 2016

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