Stephen McNamara

Clinical Negligence


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


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


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

Clerked by:
Stephen Loxton
Paul Clarke

Clinical Negligence

Clinical negligence cases constitute the majority of Stephen’s practice. He is instructed by many of the leading national firms.

He has successfully conducted over 150 cases in this field and has been ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide since 2014.

Stephen is known for his ability to establish a rapport with clients, even in the most difficult cases, to provide them with clear advice and for his detailed and thorough approach to testing expert evidence in conference.  

Significant Reported Cases

The following successfully completed cases are a representative overview of Stephen’s clinical negligence practice:

  • Acting for the family of a 3 year old girl who died as a result of the failure of staff at several medical institutions to diagnose and treat scarlet fever.
  • Representing the family of an elderly man who was rendered paraplegic as the result of a failure by medical staff in a hospital to diagnose the presence of discitis.
  • Representing an elderly lady who suffered serious vision loss as the result of negligently performed laser eye surgery.
  • Acting for a female to male gender re-assignment patient in a successful claim for damages arising out of the negligent performance of bilateral mastectomy.
  • Representing the family of a patient in a psychiatric hospital who committed suicide when she was granted unescorted leave.


"He's very thorough, covers all angles and goes the extra mile, and when working with him you feel as though you're working towards a common goal."

Chambers UK


Stephen practises in the fields of clinical negligence and serious personal injury, acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

His substantial clinical negligence practice spans the areas of surgical and pharmaceutical negligence, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, dental negligence, inappropriate treatment and failure to obtain informed consent, amongst others.

Stephen is regularly instructed in complex and high-value cases in which significant future losses are claimed. He is experienced in leading and managing a large team of experts during such cases.

Stephen has particular experience of claims involving suicide arising as the result of negligent psychiatric treatment, including claims advanced under the Human Rights Act 1998.

He has developed an extensive inquest practice (particularly those arising from medical complications). In such cases, Stephen acts both on behalf of bereaved families and a wide range of other interested parties.

In particular, Stephen has completed a large number of complex and lengthy Article 2 compliant inquests, both with a jury and without.

Stephen is also instructed in claims for serious personal injury arising from accidents in the workplace, on the highway and at other premises, and those caused by defective products and road traffic collisions.

Year of Call: 2008


Areas of Expertise

Gray's Inn

Personal Injury Bar Association

Northern and North Eastern Circuits


London School of Economics and Political Science: BSc (Hons) Government (2006)

BPP Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law (2007)

Manchester Metropolitan University, Bar Vocational Course (2008)


Anthony Bessemer Clark Scholarship (Graduate Diploma in Law)

Goldie Award (Bar Vocational Course)

St James' Chambers Award (for highest advocacy results on the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University)



Chambers UK 2018

"Very good with clients. He's known for his fierce attention to detail and pragmatic approach." "A compassionate advocate who is well liked and respected by clients, he easily gains their trust."

Legal 500 2018

‘A strong, robust and thorough barrister.’

Chambers UK 2017

"Has a great understanding of clinical negligence and the issues that we face in cases. He has good tactical awareness." "He is obviously highly intelligent and he is well informed and bold."

Chambers UK 2016

"He's very thorough, covers all angles and goes the extra mile, and when working with him you feel as though you're working towards a common goal."

Chambers UK 2015

"He is very firm and clear with clients; he grapples with complex causation issues in a clear way during conference." "He is down to earth and highly intelligent." 

Chambers UK 2014

"Stephen is very astute for his level of call and picks up issues quickly. He is very down to earth and good with clients."


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