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Expertise
Personal Injury

Dominique has a broad personal injury practice and regularly acts in multi-injury claims. She acts for both claimants and defendants in a wide variety of claims, including those concerning the Highways Act, as well as employers’ and occupiers’ liability.

Dominique has secured numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty at trial, post-discontinuance and on appeal. Dominique has represented clients at County Court and High Court level in applications, CCMCs, and trials, as well as in mediations.

Dominique is currently being led by John Ross QC in a noise-induced hearing loss claim.

Clinical Negligence

Dominique has a busy clinical negligence practice. She is regularly instructed in cases concerning failures to obtain informed consent, delays in treatment and failures to diagnose. She is often asked to produce pleadings, advise on liability and quantum, and to attend hearings in both the High Court and County Court. She has also attended mediations.

She has a particular interest in cross-border clinical negligence claims. She is currently instructed to represent a claimant in such a claim in the High Court in February 2022 in a 5 day trial.

Travel Law

Dominique was listed as a ‘Rising Star’ in Travel Law in the Legal 500 2021. She has particular expertise in cross-border clinical negligence claims, claims concerning deaths abroad, and those claims involving jurisdictional issues and the package travel regulations. She appears frequently in interim hearings, trials and appeals at the County Court and High Court.

Inquests and Inquiries

Dominique regularly appears in the Coroner’s Courts, where she has acted for families, public authorities, clinicians and NHS trusts. She has appeared in inquests concerning Article 2 ECHR issues, as well as those inquests which involve a jury. Dominique has been successful in obtaining a neglect rider at inquests and has acted in a number of inquests concerning deaths in custody.

Dominique has also represented doctors in GMC proceedings, arising out of issues raised at inquests.

Prior to joining Chambers, Dominique worked as an usher at HM Coroner’s Court Surrey.
Recent cases
EW v Ors

Dominique is currently acting for a child in a skiing claim, where the Claimant sustained numerous injuries whilst skiing abroad. The trial is listed for four days, to take place in the winter of 2022.

AG v NHS Trust (2021)

Dominique is acting for the NHS in this £1.5 million claim, arising out of alleged negligent bariatric surgery. The claim involves issues of consent, as well as complex issues regarding the correct surgical technique. Liability and causation are both denied.

The matter is listed for a 5 day trial in December 2021.

Turpin v TUI [2020]

Dominique acted for the Appellants in this successful appeal, which concerned the dismissal of their food poisoning claims. HHJ Walden-Smith considered that the Trial Judge’s disregard of the medical reports was not justified on the basis of what was before him and that he failed to give the medical evidence the weight it deserved. As such, the Trial Judge failed to properly appreciate that the medical reports did establish causation.

Zaib v Cole [2020]

Dominique acted for the Respondent in this successful appeal, where the Respondent was cross-appealing for a finding of fundamental dishonesty. At trial, the Trial Judge had found that Claimant’s evidence was “perforated with inconsistency” and that the Claimant had exaggerated his claim, yet did not find him fundamentally dishonest. On appeal, HHJ Simpkiss held that a claimant who put forward such an inconsistent account, who could not explain aspects of his evidence and presented a different account of his injuries to the court, had to be found fundamentally dishonest. He therefore dismissed the entirety of the Claimant’s claim under section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

EM v NHS Trust (2020)

This was a claim arising from alleged negligent orthognathic surgery, in which Dominique acted for the NHS. Following joint discussions of the experts, the Claimant discontinued her claim.

Inquest touching the death of Nigel Handscomb

Dominique acted for the family of the Deceased at this two day inquest at Southwark Coroner’s Court before Assistant Coroner Philip Barlow. The Deceased, Mr Handscomb, had died at University Hospital Lewisham, following his admission to hospital with pneumonia. During the inquest, it transpired that following a determination that Mr Handscomb was unable to swallow effectively and that his oral medication should be stopped, no intravenous medication was prescribed. Further, no referral was made to a clinician to notify them that Mr Handscomb’s medication for pneumonia had been stopped. As such, his pneumonia was not properly treated and he died several days later.

After hearing submissions, the Coroner concluded that neglect had contributed to Mr Handscomb’s death.
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2022

Rising Star - "Dominique displays the traits and skills of counsel far beyond her call date. "

 
Awards

  • Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2015)

  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award (2015)

  • STARS Scheme Recipient [University of Surrey Top Achievers Recognised and Supported]  (2013-2014)

Memberships

  • PIBA (Personal Injuries Bar Association)

  • PNBA (Professional Negligence Bar Association)

Publications

  • Expert Witness Journal, Spring Issue (2019): "Experts in contempt - amend reports at your peril…"

  • AvMA Lawyers Service Newsletter (2018): "Inquest into the death of Nigel Thomas Handscomb"

Education
2012 – 2015 Law LLB, University of Surrey, First Class Honours

2015 – 2016 Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law (London Bloomsbury), Very Competent

 

Prizes and Scholarships: 

  • 2013 – 2014 University of Surrey, STARS Scheme Recipient (Surrey Top Achievers Recognised and Supported)

  • 2014 University of Surrey, Internal Law School Mooting Competition Winner

  • 2015 Inner Temple, Exhibition Award Winner

  • 2015 Inner Temple, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award Winner

Rankings

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