Stephen McNamara

Personal Injury


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

Personal Injury

Stephen has conducted a very large number of personal injury cases since he was called to the Bar.

Earlier in his practice, he successfully appeared in hundreds of fast track trials covering the full range of accident circumstances.

Today, he regularly appears in interlocutory applications, CCMC’s, JSM’s and multi track trials involving cases of serious personal injury.


"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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