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James Patience

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  • The University of Liverpool BA Hons (1st Class)
  • Nottingham Law School


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Industrial Disease
  • Public Law


General Profile

James has a busy and successful common law practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

James specialises in three main areas: clinical negligence, personal injury and industrial disease. 

James has an excellent success rate at fast and multi track level and has acted as sole junior on High Court and Court of Appeal matters.  
Direct Access - James is accredited for direct access work.  All enquiries must be made through the clerking team.

Clinical Negligence

James specialises in clinical negligence matters at all levels.  He acts primarily for Claimants both as junior to a QC and as sole junior.

James has particular interest and experience in surgical negligence and over the years has acted extensively for Claimants on a broad range of surgical negligence matters including dental and cosmetic surgery claims.

James also has an interest in "nervous shock" claims arising from clinical negligence and regularly gives CPD accredited talks to solicitors, students and members of the bar on this subject.

He has considerable experience in handling and questioning expert witnesses, both medical and otherwise in court, at inquests and in conference.

James is experienced in preparing detailed schedules of loss from the more modest level up to significant seven figure claims.  He has particular expertise and interest in complex future loss calculations including future pension loss, dependency claims and Ogden calculations.

James regularly represents a wide variety of interested parties, including families, insurance companies and the local government, in coroners' inquests across England and Wales.

James is regularly instructed in significant seven figure claims as a junior in costs and case management hearings and applications.

Personal Injury

James has considerable experience in all aspects of personal injury law and civil litigation.

He is known for his thorough preparation, attention to detail, effective advocacy and cross examination and his excellent working relationships with lay and professional clients and experts.

James welcomes being able to provide informal advice on potential claims at an early stage, and frequently provides advice to professional clients on on-going case management as part of an efficient and effective 'team approach'.

James has experience in fatal accident claims and personal injury claims involving substantial claims for dependency and claims for future loss.  He has acted in cases involving brain injury up to Court of Appeal level.

Industrial Disease

James acts for Claimants and Defendants in claims for noise induced hearing loss, repetitive strain type injuries and Raynaud's Disease.

Recent Cases

Examples of some of the cases James has been involved in this year include a number of claims for missed fractures including a six figure claim for a missed fracture in the foot, a claim for negligent knee surgery, a series of claims for negligent cosmetic surgery (often involving multiple Defendants) and claims for fatally negligent nursing care.  James is currently acting for the Claimant and being led by John Benson QC on a significant seven figure claim for negligent management of a cystic legion.

Further examples and details of the cases that James has been involved in are available on request from the clerking team.


Year of call: 2007

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Civil Litigation
Clinical Negligence
Industrial Disease
Public Law

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