Edward Bishop

Call: 1985, KC: 2011
King’s Counsel (KC)

"He is terribly bright, intelligent and fantastic with clients. He really rolls his sleeves up and he communicates well."
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Acting for both claimants and defendants, Edward has expertise in a broad range of high value clinical negligence and personal injury claims.  He also has appeared and advised in cases involving allegations that public authorities failed to protect individuals from suicide and the aggressive acts of third parties, and appeared in the House of Lords in the leading cases of Van Colle v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Police [2009] 1 AC 225 and in the High Court trial in Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust [2010] 1 HRLR 24.

Outside of court, Edward was formerly 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 on “The Quantum of Damages” contributing numerous chapters including a practitioner’s guide to clinical negligence claims in Volume Two.  He also contributed to “Emergency Services Law and Liability” published by Jordans and Pittaway and Hammerton’s “Professional Negligence Cases” (Butterworths).

He is also a qualified PIcARBS (The Personal Injury claims Arbitration Service) Arbitrator and a member of Sport Resolutions arbitration panel.
Recent cases

  • KXM v Abertawe Bro Morgannwy University LHB (2020) Lawtel Quantum Reports

  • AXA v University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT (2020) Lawtel Quantum Reports

  • YAH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2019] 1 WLR 1413 – Defended NHS Trust in a claim for psychiatric damage suffered by mother in traumatic childbirth. Clinical negligence

  • BZE v Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS FT (2018) Lawtel Quantum Reports

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

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

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

  • Griffiths v Sec of State for Health [2015] EWHC 1264 (QB) - Acted for claimant making allegations of failures by paramedics treating spinal injury. Clinical negligence.

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2022

Clinical Negligence - Leading Silks Tier 2 - ‘He is very good at simplifying difficult liability and quantum issues in the most complicated cases, and makes arguments understandable and attractive to a judge.

A fine advocate with an intelligent and thoughtful approach to the law.

Personal Injury - Leading Silks Tier 4 - ‘Great at putting clients at ease whilst maintaining and inspiring confidence - a superb advocate.’

Outstanding advocate. Clever and alive to innovative legal arguments.

Chambers & Partners 2022

Clinical Negligence (Silks)  Band 1

Edward Bishop KC is 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 is also trusted with complex personal injury claims.

“An enormously calm, very tactical barrister who is extremely good at engaging with clients. He's a brilliant negotiator in settlement meetings." "He is very thorough in his preparation and brings a wealth of experience with him."

Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim brought by a boy who suffered brain damage after contracting herpes simplex encephalitis. It was alleged that his symptoms were picked up late and treatment was delayed as a result.

Personal Injury (Silks) Band 2

Edward Bishop KC 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 approachable, good on the detail and excellent with clients in conference." "He is very experienced and takes a pragmatic approach. He is really excellent at getting to the heart of the case, and has a very persuasive style about him, making him a very good advocate."

Recent work: Acted in D v Somerset County Council, a case in which the claimant, aged 15 at the time of the accident, was hit by a car as she ran across the road to catch a school bus and suffered a severe brain injury.

Best Lawyers UK 2023

Edward Bishop KC is recognised in The Best Lawyers United Kingdom 2023 for excellence in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.

  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

  • Personal injuries Bar Association Executive Committee

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • Editorial Board Kemp & Kemp

King’s School, Canterbury; Pembroke College, Cambridge (1982 BA; 1985 MA).

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