Edward Bishop

Call: 1985, QC: 2011
Queen’s Counsel (QC)

"He is terribly bright, intelligent and fantastic with clients. He really rolls his sleeves up and he communicates well."
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Expertise
Acting for both claimants and defendants, Edward has expertise in a broad range of high value claims. However, his police work is exclusively for defendants; he appeared in the House of Lords in the leading cases of Van Colle v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Police and Smith v Chief Constable of Sussex Police.

Outside of court, Edward is on the Personal Injuries Bar Association executive committee and is a contributor to its Personal Injuries Handbook. As noted under the membership section, he is on the editorial board of Kemp & Kemp having worked on “The Quantum of Damages” and contributed to “Emergency Services Law and Liability” published by Jordans.

He is also a qualified PIcARBS (The Personal Injury claims Arbitration Service) Arbitrator.
Education
King’s School, Canterbury; Pembroke College, Cambridge (1982 BA; 1985 MA).
Recent cases

  • Daniel v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and London Ambulance Service [2016] EWHC 23 (QB) - Successful defence of clinical treatment of prisoner by nursing staff and ambulance service.

  • Griffiths v Sec of State for Health [2015] EWHC 1264 (QB) - Successfully acted for claimant making allegations of failures by paramedics treating spinal injury. Liability and causation.

  • Barnett v Medway NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 235 - Successfully defended NHS trust against alleged failures to identify and treat spinal abscess. Decision upheld on appeal.

  • Tait v Gloucester Hospital NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 848 - Successfully acted for a claimant who recovered £2.4 million in quantum trial for delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2020

Clinical Negligence - Leading Silks Tier 3 - ‘He gets to the crux of the case quickly. ’

Personal Injury - Leading Silks Tier 4 - ‘ He fully explores the evidence with experts and interrogates it thoroughly. ’

Chambers & Partners 2020

Clinical Negligence (Silks) - Band 1- A high-ranking silk, with over 30 years' experience in the field of clinical negligence, who is admired for his depth of knowledge. He is regularly instructed by both claimants and defendants, and has handled important cases such as Smith v Chief Constable of Sussex Police. He is also trusted with complex personal injury claims.  "Has a talent for analysing and distilling complex issues and explaining them in terms clients can understand. He is a very strong and polished trial advocate who is always ready to fight the difficult cases."

Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a case in which a young man suffered partial blindness as a result of admitted medical negligence shortly after birth.

Personal injury (Silks) - Band 2 - Maintains an impressive, multidisciplinary practice comprising catastrophic personal injury, clinical negligence and police law. He is regularly instructed in cases wherein the victim makes allegations against the state regarding its failure to protect against criminal acts. He has a deep knowledge of psychiatric damage claims. He is regularly instructed by both leading claimant and defendant firms.
"He is very good to work with and is very intelligent but also very down to earth and responsive. He's a highly skilled advocate who is excellent with both clients and experts in conference."

Recent work: Instructed in Langford v Gilbert, a case in which the claimant's car was hit by a falling tree during high winds. The claimant suffered catastrophic injuries and is now tetraplegic.
Memberships

  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

  • Personal injuries Bar Association Executive Committee

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • Editorial Board Kemp & Kemp

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