Nigel Poole QC

Clinical Negligence


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
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Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
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Stephen Loxton

Clinical Negligence

Nigel acts in cases of the utmost severity and complexity. He has conducted hundreds of clinical negligence claims, mostly representing claimants, involving obstetric injury, delay in diagnosing cancer, severe spinal injury, brain injury and amputation.

Significant Reported Cases

Rabone v Pennine Care [2012] UKSC 2

O’Connor v Pennine [2015] EWCA Civ 1244


"He's one of the best silks in clinical negligence nationally. He has excellent client care skills and goes above and beyond to fight issues." 

Chambers UK


Nigel is ranked as a leading QC by Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is Head of Chambers and sits as a Recorder and a chair of the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service. He has appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He writes a blog, Learned Friend, which has had over 150,000 site visits. He has given many lectures and seminars around the country on subjects including human rights, loss of earning capacity and proving reduction in life expectancy.

Year of Call: 1989           

Year of Silk: 2012

Areas of Expertise






Recorder: 2010 - date

Legal Assessor, GMC 2002 to 2012

Chair, BTAS -  2013 to date

Head of Chambers - 2017 to date



Various articles in the Journal of Personal Injury Law



BA Hons (First Class) The Queen’s College, Oxford

Diploma in Law, City University, London 



Chambers UK 2018

"At the top of his game. Incredibly impressive." "Only used for the most significant cases with difficult points of medical causation. He is easy to get along with."

"Despite Nigel being someone at the very top of his profession, he remains very client-focused, down to earth and approachable. He has a refreshing approach which is rarely seen in someone of his calibre and is equally at ease speaking to vulnerable clients as he is speaking to difficult experts, other counsel and his instructing solicitor." "He is very bright and is a very impressive advocate. He is also incredibly approachable and works alongside his instructing solicitors to achieve the best result for clients."

Legal 500 2018

‘On his feet he is surgical, precise and always in control.’

Chambers UK 2017

"He's one of the best silks in clinical negligence nationally. He has excellent client care skills and goes above and beyond to fight issues." "He is extremely down-to-earth with no airs and graces and is very bright. He manages cases sensitively but firmly, which is a real gift, and is very quick with returning papers."

"He is incredibly astute, and also quite ingenious; he's always thinking about different angles." "He's extremely focused and incredibly collaborative, with excellent client-care skills."

Legal 500 

‘Passionate about his cases and willing to push boundaries.’

Chambers UK 2016

"A very reliable pair of hands. He has a confident approach to difficult issues, he doesn't get fazed and won't settle at any cost. He's happy to fight a corner that's worth fighting for.”

"His preparation for difficult cases is unsurpassable. He is supremely gifted intellectually."

"He is superb - very skilful and polished in court. He is also brilliant with clients and very down to earth."

Chambers UK

Well known for his skilful handling of a range of catastrophic injury claims.

Legal 500

Clear, jargon-free, robust advice


Chambers UK Logo 2016

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