Dr Michael Powers QC

T: 0845 083 3000 E: powersqc@medneg.co.uk

Medical Negligence

Major medical negligence actions (cerebral palsy, anaesthetic brain damage, neuro/cardiac surgery) for both claimants and defendants.

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Medical Negligence

Pharmaceutical

Product liability for pharmaceutical products, licensing of medicinal products and issues related to the medicinal treatment of disease

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Pharmaceutical

Aviation

My flying experiences are a manifestation of my interest in applied technology - gadgets. It has taught me a good deal about checklists and discipline - both of which are essential to safety in the air and in the NHS.

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Aviation

Inquests

Inquests provide an early means closely to examine the facts surrounding a death. It is vital that relatives wishing to uncover the truth are represented by an experienced advocate

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Inquests

Personal

When I have the time, reading for pleasure, playing the piano, aviation and gardening provide my diversions

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Personal

Welcome

I have had nearly 30 years' experience at the Bar in all areas of medico-legal practice focusing on medical, scientific and legal causation. I have published, lectured and broadcast widely on medical negligence. Although I believe strongly in our NHS, there has to be constant attention to standards of practice and an open system of accountability when things go wrong.

Too many lives are lost through clinical negligence and lessons still need to be learned. For many years before the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Hospital scandal, I campaigned for "Robbie's Law" - a legal duty of candour in the NHS. Until healthcare workers learn that cover-up is worse than owning-up we will have to continue to employ the legal machinery to unearth the truth. This process is in the interests of patients and the general public.

My other main interests as a medical negligence QC relate to the investigation of deaths (coroners and other inquiries). I have represented the Fire & Rescue service at inquests into fire deaths, the pharmaceutical industry with regard to product liability and licensing and all types of cases where (civil and criminal) where scientific principles are involved. I hope to live up to my Chambers & Partners recognised reputation as being "first-rate on technical evidence."

As a former helicopter pilot, I am instructed in civil and criminal aviation cases. My instructors used to tell me that helicopters are the safest means of air transport - maybe - but it depends on who flies and maintains them.

I am a trained and accredited Mediator with the Notre Dame School of Law (2000) and mediate principally in professional negligence matters, though I also have experience mediating in marine and aviation cases.

Education in medicine and the law is vitally important to me. I remain a Registered Medical Practitioner and I am a lead examiner for the Primary Membership of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. On the legal side, for many years I have been Grade A advocacy trainer, I have sought to improve the skills of advocacy of young barristers in England, Wales and abroad.

Practising at the Bar as a medical negligence QC is a great privilege and I strive to help all those who seek justice.

News

5th Edition of Clinical Negligence   Today, I am pleased to announce the publication of the 5th Edition of Clinical Negligence (2015: Bloomsbury Professional).   This important multi-contributor book spanning the professions of medicine and the law where they interface Click here for more »

The Medical Innovation Bill How is the Saatchi Bill progressing?   The parliamentary timetable is on course, but there is still a lot of division after a line by line examination of the Bill in the committee stage in the House of Lords. The present Bill (28th October 20 Click here for more »

Contact me

Phone
0845 083 3000

Clerksroom
Equity House
Blackbrook Park Ave
Taunton
TA1 2PX

DX
97188 Taunton
Blackbrook
Email: powersqc@medneg.co.uk