Edward Bishop KC

Call: 1985     |    Silk: 2011

Edward Bishop KC has practised in the fields of clinical negligence and personal injury for most of his career.

He has also more recently developed expertise and experience in claims involving violations of human rights in the healthcare setting.

Edward is a contributing editor and author of 7 chapters of Kemp and Kemp on the Quantum of Damages and is a qualified arbitrator.

Edward has practised in clinical negligence and healthcare for over 25 years, and has experience in advising on, contesting and mediating complex and high value claims in all fields of medical care. In the early stages of his career he was involved in the sodium valproate group litigation, and later in a group action brought by heroin-addicted prisoners.

His main area of practice now is in high value cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims. He is regularly instructed by both claimants and defendants.

He has also acted (and continues to act) in a number of cases involving both clinical negligence and violations of human rights in the field of psychiatric care, often involving attacks by psychiatric patients on third party victims.

Notable Clinical Negligence & Healthcare cases

  • Traylor v Kent and Medway Social care Partnership Trust [2022] EWHC 260 (QB)

    Defended psychiatrist accused of negligently treating a man who kidnapped his daughter, stabbed her and suffered suffered serious injuries when shot by police.

  • YAH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 2964 (QB)

    Defended claim by mother suffering psychiatric injury as a result of a traumatic birth.

  • Barnett v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 235

    Defended claim involving diagnosis and treatment of a spinal abscess.

  • Daniel v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 23 (QB)

    Defended nurse and ambulance service accused of violating the right to life of a prisoner who suffered a heart attack.

  • Griffiths v Secretary of State for Health [2015] EWHC 1264 (QB)

    Acted for claimant alleging improper treatment of spinal injury by paramedics

  • Tait v Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 848 (QB)

    Acted for claimant in quantum assessment of cauda equina injury.

  • Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2010] EWHC 865 (QB)

    Defended mental health service accused of violating the right to life of a woman who committed suicide.

Edward has practised in personal injury litigation throughout his career, and now specialises in high value claims arising in many different circumstances, including injuries sustained in the course of employment and road traffic accidents. He is currently instructed in a number of claims for personal injury damages arising as a result of allegations of human rights violations.

Notable Personal Injury cases

  • Saunders v Chief Constable of Sussex [2012] EWCA Civ 1197

    Defended employer accused of causing psychiatric injury.

  • Chittock v Woodbridge School [2002] EWCA Civ 915

    Defended school alleged to have negligently caused a pupil’s skiing accident.

Edward acted, with Lord Faulks QC, in the leading Article 2 case of Van Colle v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire in 2008, and since then has been instructed in numerous cases involving alleged violations of human rights in the healthcare field and beyond.

Notable Public Sector & Human Rights cases

  • Traylor v Kent and Medway Social Care Partnership Trust [2022] EWHC 260 (QB)

    Defended psychiatrist accused of negligently treating a man who kidnapped his daughter, stabbed her and suffered suffered serious injuries when shot by police.

  • Daniel v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 23 (QB)

    Defended nurse and ambulance service accused of violating the right to life of a prisoner who suffered a heart attack.

  • Bedford v Bedfordshire CC [2013] EWHC 1717 (QB)

    Defended local authority against allegations of human rights violation of a child attacked by a young person in care.

  • Van Colle v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire [2008] UKHL 50

    Defended police accused of violating right to life of a murdered witness who had reported threats.

Endorsements

“Always very well prepared, excellent with experts - inspires confidence.”

Legal 500 2024

“Ed is a first class barrister, able to handle the most complex and sensitive cases with intelligence and flair.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“Edward has an encyclopedic brain for cases. He remembers every point of law.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Edward is extremely intelligent and has huge experience and knowledge of the clinical negligence field.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Edward is very intelligent, approachable and down-to-earth.”

Legal 500 2023

“He is very responsive and is meticulous in his preparation.”

Legal 500 2023

“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.”

Legal 500

“An enormously calm, very tactical barrister who is extremely good at engaging with clients. He's a brilliant negotiator in settlement meetings.”

Chambers & Partners

“He is very approachable, good on the detail and excellent with clients in conference.”

Chambers & Partners

“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.”

Chambers & Partners

“He is very thorough in his preparation and brings a wealth of experience with him.”

Chambers & Partners

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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