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Shannon Eastwood

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Education

  • University of Manchester LL.B (Hons)
  • College of Law (London) BVC

Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
  • Clinical Negligence

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General Profile

Shannon has a substantial common law practice specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence and costs work.

He is a member of the Atlantic Chambers Management Committee and has worked in-house at a local authority and at solicitors' firms in the UK and abroad.  As a former Chairman of the Inner Temple Debating Society Shannon also has an extensive background in public speaking and a healthy interest in current affairs.

Shannon was also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2013 and continues to be an external member of the NI Bar Library.

Personal Injury

Shannon's practice encompasses the breadth and depth of personal injury law and civil litigation.

Shannon regularly deals with substantial multi track cases in all areas of personal injury law including fatal accident, employer's liability and occupational disease claims.  He is adept at dealing with substantial Schedules of Loss with complicated calculations of future loss involving the Ogden, life expectancy and combination tables.

He is very popular with solicitors and lay clients alike and is known for providing effective practical advice, possessing an unrivalled work ethic and, above all, delivering results.

Shannon prides himself on being accessible to professional clients at every stage of the case for informal advice and assistance, and he has a 'hands on' approach to litigation.  Informed by his extensive experience at every level of civil litigation, Shannon's principle strengths are his clear judgment and incisive advocacy.

For further details of Shannon's experience and examples of recent cases please speak to his clerks.

Clinical Negligence

Shannon prides himself in being a genuine and committed specialist in this area and consistently ensures that he is up to date with contemporary legal and clinical issues.

Shannon is also a member of Merseyside Medico-Legal Society, Professional Negligence Bar Association and AvMa, and a committee member of the Northern Circuit Medico-Legal Society.

Clinical Negligence

Shannon has considerable experience in clinical negligence cases beyond his call and has dealt with numerous cases in each of the following areas of speciality:

  • obstetrics & gynaecology
  • spinal surgery
  • general surgery
  • oncology
  • psychology
  • dental
  • general practice

He takes pride in immersing himself in the relevant area and gaining an in-depth knowledge of the medical issues in each case.

Shannon is also conscious of the importance of credible experience in this area and is proficient at questioning expert witnesses, conducting sensitive negotiations and delivering at trial.  For specific examples of cases Shannon has dealt with in the last year please speak to his clerks who can provide anonymised information outlining his experience.

Shannon also recognises the importance of an accurate assessment of quantum and when acting for the Claimant he takes a pragmatic approach to maximising the value of the claim.  Over the years Shannon has become proficient in advising on complicated claims for dependency, loss of earning pension loss, future care, specialist equipment and accommodation etc.

Inquests

Shannon has also appeared in a number of multi-day inquests in the coroner's court including cases involving neglect, product liability and allegations of gross negligence manslaughter invoking Article 2.

Shannon appreciates that the coronial process can be very traumatic for the bereaved and medical professionals alike.  Shannon's extensive experience allows him to ensure that his client has realistic expectations at the outset and confidence in his counsel throughout.

Professional Conduct Hearings

Shannon has represented medical practitioners in professional conduct hearings before the relevant healthcare regulators, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Costs

Shannon has always appreciated the importance to the professional client of the successful and effective recovery of costs.  As such, Shannon has gone to great lengths to master any arguments on costs and is frequently entrusted by his professional clients to deal with any significant or complicated issues of costs.

Shannon regularly attends detailed assessment hearings and costs budgeting hearings in cases involving six or seven figure sums in the Senior Court Costs Office and elsewhere. He is also regularly instructed to deal with provisional assessment reviews and appeals on points of law.

Crucially, Shannon is able to bring his extensive litigation experience to bear on any arguments on costs to ensure that the costs judge is acutely aware of the practical and commercial realities of practice. Shannon's litigation experience also allows him to quickly command of the relevant facts of each case and provide accurate advice on settlement.

Lectures and Articles

Shannon is committed to his continued professional development and has authored and delivered the following articles and lectures:

  • Consent in the Clinical Context
  • Causation in Clinical Negligence Cases
  • Maximising Damages in Clinical Negligence Cases
  • Introduction to Clinical Negligence
  • Costs Management and Budgeting
  • Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting
  • Fixed Costs
  • Part 36 Update
  • Civil justice Reforms
  • Issue, Service and Limitation
  • The Law on Limitation
  • Animal's Act
  • Occupier's Liability

Please contact the clerks if interested in requesting such an event.

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Year of call: 2007

Inn: Inner Temple

Area: Civil Litigation
Clinical Negligence

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