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John Gray

Year of Call

LLB(Hons), University of Liverpool; PgDip, MMU;
MA Healthcare Ethics & Law, University of Manchester

Year of Call

LLB(Hons), University of Liverpool; PgDip, MMU;
MA Healthcare Ethics & Law, University of Manchester

"John Gray is instructed in high-value litigation, including subtle brain injury cases, permanent restriction/diminution in the ability to work, industrial disease claims, and overseas accident claims."

"He is thorough, meticulous and has an eye for detail. He is a very able Barrister and his knowledge of the rules is exemplary."

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John Gray is a barrister who is fascinated by and has a long professional history in cases involving the interface between law and medicine.

He predominantly undertakes cases involving serious injuries and clinical(medical) negligence. However he also undertakes cases of professional negligence (mainly solicitors and surveyors).

John sits as a Recorder and a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health).

Personal injury work:
John has more than 15 years experience in undertaking personal injury cases. The cases he has been involved in have become more complex involving arguments over liability, causation of the injury/symptoms and/or the valuation (quantum) of the claim. Veteran in dealing with allegations of fraud. Experience of ancillary litigation - CICA, credit hire, inquests & costs. Currently instructed in a number of cases where the value is at or above £1million.

Medical Law:
John has broad experience in medical law beginning with his MA. He began a part time PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence but was unable to complete it due to his growing barrister practice. He is regularly instructed in clinical negligence cases involving surgical and pharmaceutical negligence, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, inappropriate treatment and lack of consent. He also undertakes cases involving allied professions including nurse practitioners, dentists, etc. He has also defended before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. He has lectured extensively including previously co-writing & presenting a 1 week lecture series to government lawyers in Kuala Lumpur.

Professional negligence:
John is regularly instructed in matters of professional negligence especially those involving solicitors and surveyors. He has successfully acted for a number of claimants where their previous solicitors mismanaged the litigation He is currently representing 100+ householders in the 'leasehold scandal' litigation where numerous conveyancing solicitors failed to properly advise purchasers of new build homes as to the onerous terms of their leases. Many of his cases have involved complex issues of causation and limitation.

Accredited mediator having trained with Academy of Experts & UCLAN.

Notable Cases

  • Wilson v Nottingham City Council (2008) - First case in England & Wales post-Rothwell to consider whether needle stick injuries remain actionable.
  • SD v Travis Perkins (2010) – Pedestrian / HGV RTA. Serious Injury to foot. No LOE. Settled JSM £52,500.
  • SAE v BB Solicitors (2011) – Solicitors Negligence. Failed to advise re survey. Successful for C.
  • AD v MOD (2012) – Soldier injured on assault course. Successful for C.
  • AJ v Punch Taverns (2012) – Public Liability. Publican disappeared & uninsured. Whether brewery can be correct D under DPA even where publican has repairing obligation. Successful for C at trial.
  • LS v Salcey Arborecare & Forestry Limited (2012) – Employer’s liability for C. Liability & quantum in dispute. Fraud alleged. Settled £60k (50% of pleaded case £120k).
  • PR v THC (2012) – Solicitors negligence. Conveyancing. Settled £45k.
  • DMZ v Amber Legal (2012) – Solicitors negligence. C’s special damages claim struck out due to his solicitors’ negligence. Settled £135k.
  • KR v E-Surv Chartered Surveyors (2013) – Surveyor’s negligence. Negligent undervaluation. Successful for C.
  • LC v Equity Red Star (2013) – RTA. Pain syndrome. Accident related vs. constitutional. Settled £40k.
  • SS V ST HELENS METROPOLITAN MBC (2013) – Employer’s Liability. Objectively minor accident. C alleged CRPS. D alleged malinger. Settled JSM.
  • JM v CICA (2013) – Criminal Injuries. Injured by pencil thrown into his eye at school. CICA conceded crime on appeal. Tribunal award £90k.
  • BOB v UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER NHS TRUST (2013) – Clinical Negligence. Mismanagement of labour. Successful for C.
  • JD v D Solicitors (2014) – Solicitors negligence. Solicitors negligently under settled C’s professional negligence claim against his first solicitors. Successful for C.
Notable and Reported Cases