Nigel Poole QC


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



Inquests

 
Experience

Nigel has acted at many Inquests over the past two and a half decades, including prison, military and healthcare Inquests. He has conducted Inquests before juries and has experience of advising clients in relation to dealing with the media at Inquests. In that capacity he has helped advise on managing the media, drafting press releases and making statements outside court. He has been instructed by the Coroner of Manchester to advise on the legal aspects of a complex Inquest concerning the death of a vulnerable child who had been subject to a direction for treatment by the Court of Protection. Nigel was able to apply his knowledge of the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights gained from acting in the Supreme Court case of Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2012] UKSC 2. In recent years Inquests in which Nigel has appeared have included a three week Inquest in Sheffield relating to the death of a post-operative patient, and a week-long Inquest in Lincoln in which the deceased had been under the care of the police and mental health services.

 

Significant Reported Cases

O’Connor v Pennine [2015] EWCA Civ 1244 – inferring negligence after nerve damage caused during surgery.

Billett v MOD [2015] EWCA Civ 773 – Loss of earning capacity and the definition of disability

Poole v Wright [2013] EWHC 2375 (QB) – liability of a go-kart owner who made it available for use by a friend

Rabone v Pennine Care [2012] UKSC 2 – Right of parents of adult child to damages under the Human Rights Act for breach of her article 2 right to life

Thomas v Warwickshire CC [2011] EWHC 772 – liability of highway authority for lump of concrete spilled on road surface which caused cyclist to fall.

Murray v Cassidy [2002] EWCA Civ 411 – issue estoppel

Thompson v Home Office [2001] EWCA Civ 331 – liability of Home Office to prisoner assaulted by another

Gloster v Greater Manchester Police [2000] EWCA Civ 90 – Application of Animals Act to a Police Dog.


 

"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

Profile

Nigel was educated at Bradford Grammar School and The Queen’s College, Oxford, where he took a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He has practised in Manchester for nearly thirty years and is head of Kings Chambers, one of the leading barristers’ chambers in the country. He has strong connections with the city of Manchester, including through his involvement in the award-winning Manchester Inspirational Voices gospel choir. As a QC Nigel specialises in injury cases but as a deputy High Court Judge he sits on Family and Judicial Review cases, and as a chair of the Bar Tribunal he presides over disciplinary cases brought against barristers.


Year of Call: 1989           

Recorder: 2009

Year of Silk: 2012

Chair of Bar Tribunal: 2013

Deputy High Court Judge: 2017

Head of Chambers: 2017


Areas of Expertise

Clinical Negligence

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

Inquests

Inquests

Nigel has been involved in many Inquests involving deaths in a healthcare setting, including cases of suicide and the deaths of other vulnerable patients,  which have engaged article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He has also acted in prison death Inquests.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Nigel’s personal injury work is for claimants and defendants. He has represented many families at Inquests and in Human Rights Act claims following the death of a patient.

Significant Reported Cases :

Billett v MOD [2015] EWCA Civ 773 – Loss of earning capacity and the definition of disability

Poole v Wright [2013] EWHC 2375 (QB) – liability of a go-kart owner who made it available for use by a friend

Thomas v Warwickshire CC [2011] EWHC 772 – liability of highway authority for lump of concrete spilled on road surface which caused cyclist to fall.

Murray v Cassidy [2002] EWCA Civ 411 – issue estoppel

Thompson v Home Office [2001] EWCA Civ 331 – liability of Home Office to prisoner assaulted by another

Memberships

PNBA

PIBA

AvMA

 

Appointments

Deputy High Court Judge - 2017 to date

Recorder - 2010 to date

Legal Assessor, GMC 2002 to 2012

Chair, BTAS -  2013 to date

Head of Chambers - 2017 to date

 

Publications

Various articles in the Journal of Personal Injury Law

  

Qualifications

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

Diploma in Law, City University, London 

 

Recommendations:

In the most recent edition of Chambers UK Guide to the Bar:

“Impressive silk who excels in complex cases concerning cerebral palsy as well as brain and spinal injury claims. He attracts instructions in major cases that test novel points of law or are medically and factually complex. He earns further praise for his academic contributions to the field.

“Strengths: "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.”

“Widely admired silk who represents both claimants and defendants. He specialises in claims concerning catastrophic brain and head injuries, most often those associated with RTAs; however, he also has expert knowledge of cases concerning the military. His trial work includes significant appellate experience, including appearances in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Strengths: "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."

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