Angus Piper’s main practice area is clinical negligence, in which he has more than 20 years’ experience, in the main on behalf of NHS Trusts and other Defendant organisations (notably the MDU).

He has acted for clinicians in all fields, including Consultants, Dentists, GPs and Nurses. In addition, he continues to practice personal injury, as he has done for 30 years, mostly acting on behalf of local authorities and insurers, and particularly in high value highways claims and in cases involving persons injured by trees.

Angus prides himself on his tactical acumen and has been involved in numerous mediations and settlement meetings as well as appearing in all levels of court across the nation and in a number of high-profile Inquests. He regularly appears against Silks and in claims worth millions of pounds, having cut his teeth in the seminal quantum case of Eagle v Chambers many years ago.

Angus has conducted hundreds of clinical negligence cases over the years and is regularly engaged against the leading Silks in the field. He is adept at handling clients who may themselves be eminent clinicians in their chosen field, as well as experts who are often at the pinnacle of their profession. He prides himself on being “user-friendly” and realistic in terms of assessing cases, both as regards merits and quantum. He enjoys the cut and thrust of advocacy and (where appropriate) deal making to settle claims on the best possible terms for his client.

He has been involved in multiple complex cases involving the whole gamut of medical issues, including surgical complications, cauda equina syndrome, failure to diagnose, failure to refer timeously, wrongful diagnosis and/or treatment, birth difficulties and congenital disabilities (such as undiagnosed hip dysplasia in a toddler).

Angus generally acts for local authorities and the major insurers in the field. He has a particular speciality in Highways claims and in cases where people are injured by falling trees. He acted for Surrey County Council successfully, both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in the claim of Micklewright v Surrey, where a man was tragically killed by a falling tree branch on a summer’s day.

Recently, in a rare outing on behalf of a claimant, he acted for the professional jockey, Freddie Tylicki in a victorious high court trial against a fellow jockey who had cut across Freddie’s horse and forced it against the rail, leading to the horse falling and leaving Freddie paraplegic (Tylicki v Gibbons).


“He is authoritative, reliable and hugely user-friendly. He’s a calming and robust barrister who can be depended on in all situations.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“A barrister with great personality and charm alongside a sharp intellect, impressive legal knowledge and a fantastic manner with clients.”

Legal 500 2024

“Angus is an experienced negotiator and a trusted pair of hands. He is responsive and detailed in his approach to knotty problems.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“'He is excellent in conference - being able to deal well with complex medical issues and evidence.”

Legal 500 2021

“His certain charm belies a steely resolve.”

Legal 500 2023

“A very experienced junior barrister who is adept at dealing with both liability and quantum issues.”

Chambers & Partners 2022 (Clinical Negligence)

“Very good with witnesses, impressive in Court and a pleasure to work with.”

Legal 500 2022 (Clinical Negligence)

“He is hugely knowledgeable, tenacious and wears his talent lightly.”

Legal 500

“Picks through huge amounts of information and identifies the key issues every time.”

Legal 500

“A robust advocate, who puts witnesses at ease and prepares for trial very thoroughly.”

Legal 500 2022 (Personal Injury)

“He fights his corner hard but is very personable, charming and a good opponent.”

Chambers and Partners 2022 (Clinical Negligence)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

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