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James Patience

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Education

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

Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Areas of Work

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

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General Profile

James has busy and successful practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants. He has a detailed knowledge of all aspects of civil law and is an experienced trial advocate.

James specialises in four main areas: clinical negligence, personal injury, fatal accidents and industrial disease. 

James has an excellent success rate at fast and multi track level and acts as sole junior on High Court and Court of Appeal matters. James also acts as junior to Queens Counsel on high value clinical negligence, personal injury and brain injury cases.  

James is the author of "A Practical Guide to Claims Arising from Fatal Accidents" which is published by Law Brief Publishing. He regularly gives CPD accredited talks to solicitors, students and members of the bar on the subject of Fatal Accidents and also on a range of other clinical negligence and personal injury related subjects.

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' clinical negligence practice covers the full range of clinical negligence including: all types of surgery; incorrect or delayed diagnosis (including of cancer, strokes, heart conditions and other life changing conditions); gynaecological matters; death of infants during childbirth; nursing negligence; "nervous shock" claims and issues of consent.  He also has considerable experience of dental and cosmetic surgery claims.

He has considerable experience in handling and questioning expert witnesses, both medical and otherwise, in court, at inquests and in conference. He gives clear and straight forward advice.  

James has an extensive paper work practice dealing with all types of pleading and advice. He 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 and dependency claims.

James is the author of "A Practical Guide to Claims Arising from Fatal Accidents" and he is frequently instructed in clinical negligence cases involving fatalities.

He regularly represents a wide variety of interested parties, including families, insurance companies and local government departments, in coroners' inquests across England and Wales. He is known for his sensitive but thorough approach to these difficult cases.  

In addition to acting as sole junior in cases James is regularly instructed in significant seven figure claims as a junior at costs and case management hearings, interim applications and through to trial.

He regularly contributes to journals and gives CPD accredited talks to solicitors, students and members of the bar on a range of clinical negligence related subjects.

Some details of recent cases can be found on this web profile. For further details of the type of clinical negligence cases James has been involved with recently please contact one of the clerking team. 

 

Personal Injury

James specialises in personal injury claims at all levels. He acts for Claimants and Defendants. His personal injury practice covers the full range of personal injury matters including: employer's liability, public liability, road traffic accidents, limitation hearings and quantum only hearings. 

He has considerable experience in fatal accident claims and personal injury claims involving substantial claims for dependency and claims for future loss both as sole junior and as junior to a QC.  He has acted in cases involving brain injury and subtle brain injuries as sole junior up to Court of Appeal level.

He is well known for his effective advocacy and cross examination, thorough preparation and attention to detail. He has excellent working relationships with lay and professional clients and experts. He gives clear and straight forward advice.

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 an extensive paper work practice dealing with all types of pleading and advice. He 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 and dependency claims.

Some details of recent cases can be found on this web profile. For further details of the type of personal injury cases James has been involved with recently please contact one of the clerking team.

 

 

Industrial Disease

James acts for Claimants and Defendants in claims for noise induced hearing loss, vibration white finger, contact dermatitis and repetitive strain type injuries.

For further details of the type of recent industrial disease cases James has been involved with recently please contact one of the clerking team.

 

Recent Cases

James' practice covers a broad range of clinical negligence, personal injury, industrial disease and fatal accident cases. Please contact one of the clerking team if you would like to enquire if James has recent experience of a particular type of work.

Examples of some of the cases James has been involved in this year include a successful clinical negligence claim against multiple defendants for the death of a disabled person in care; a number of successful clinical negligence claims for misdiagnosis (including cancer, strokes, heart attacks and other life changing conditions); a number of successful clinical negligence claims for negligent cosmetic surgery; six figure brain injury cases where liability is admitted but issues of causation and quantum remain; a series of claims involving the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and a series of employers liability claims where the Claimant has been left with a permanent and serious disability.  

  

 

JP

Year of call: 2007

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Civil Litigation
Clinical Negligence
Industrial Disease
Public Law

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