John Foy KC

Call: 1969     |    Silk: 1998

John Foy KC has vast experience in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence.

He does high-value road traffic accident, employers’, public and occupiers’ liability cases, with particular experience in carbon monoxide poisoning and industrial disease, which he has conducted since the 1970s and mental health as a former chair of the Mental Health Tribunal.

Frequently they require a periodical payments order and he frequently represents high earning professional people.  He is instructed by most of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence claimant firms from all over the country. John acted for the coal miners in their ground breaking group litigation on respiratory disease which led directly to the setting up of the miners’ compensation scheme. Over the years he has been in many leading cases.

His clinical negligence practice covers all aspects of the subject including birth trauma, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, toxic shock et cetera.

He has a particular knowledge of and expertise in costs, especially in a personal injury or clinical negligence context.  He chaired the committee which drafted the initial solicitor/counsel conditional fee agreement, was responsible for numerous subsequent versions, and for many years was chair of the Bar Council CFA committee.

Most of his cases concern traumatic brain injury, often involving children, quadriplegia and paraplegia, multiple injuries and amputations. He frequently represents a high earning professional people. These cases often involve periodical payments orders.

Notable Personal Injury cases

  • Beall v Euro Construction Scaffolding Ltd

    Industrial exposure to asbestos in the 1980s resulting in death.

  • Lynch v JHH Engineers Ltd et al

    Fell off his own ladder but established liability subject to contributory negligence.

  • CB v British Cycling Federation

    Brain damage caused by crashing during a cyclocross race.

  • Beveridge v Homan/Evans Transport Ltd

    Brain damage caused by falling from a lorry during loading.

  • ESC v CCM

    Carbon monoxide poisoning of a child at home in tenanted accommodation.

  • Beveridge v Homan/Evans Transport Ltd

    Fell off a lorry during loading

  • Jones v Gavin Jones Ltd

    When one of a tree cutting team, struck by a heavy branch when in the drop zone suffering head injury.

  • Seales v PIL Membranes Ltd

    Struck by a metal bar at work causing a left carotid artery dissection resulting in a stroke.

His clinical negligence practice covers all aspects of the subject including birth trauma, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, toxic shock et cetera.

Notable Clinical Negligence & Healthcare cases

  • AB v Dr Handa

    Failure to diagnose diabetes resuting in leg amputation of a child.

  • Stephens v Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust

    Surgical error in a craniotomy following aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage which resulted in a ruptured aneurysm.

  • HXC v Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    The claimant was a known suicide risk but the Defendants failed to take reasonable steps to prevent a suicide attempt resulting in the claimant suffering tetraplegia.

Endorsements

“John is always calm and measured, he commands respect which inevitably results in a good outcome, and clients love his kind and caring approach.”

Legal 500 2024

“An iron fist in a silk glove, John provides no-nonsense advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“John is so experienced and astute and always very responsive and approachable.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“He is able to cut through the background noise and get to the crux of a complex matter quickly.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“John’s strengths are his experience, technical analysis of the evidence, clear and concise advice, sense of humour and advocacy.”

Legal 500 2023

“He is clearly a heavy weight in the personal injury arena.”

Chambers & Partners 2019

“A brilliant barrister who is excellent on his feet.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Widely commended for his expert client management. His esteemed practice focuses on brain and spinal injuries, industrial disease and fatal accidents which often involve tricky causation issues.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“He has an ability to think outside the initial issues.”

Legal 500-2020

“He is an excellent counsel and has deep legal knowledge.”

Legal 500 - 2020

“Fiercely intelligent, incredibly practical and extremely experienced. He has the gift of being able to explain complex concepts clearly and in plain English. He is unflappable and also very down to earth. All of these attributes combine to make him a privilege and an education to work with.”

Legal 500-2019

“Fiercely intelligent, incredibly practical.”

“A brilliant barrister.”

“Deep legal knowledge.”

“Expert client management.”

“A privilege and an education to work with.”

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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