John Boyle clinical negligence solicitor Bristol Clarke Willmott

John Boyle

Associate – Clinical Negligence: Heath & Social Care Law, Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Bristol

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John qualified as a solicitor in 2005. He acts in clinical negligence cases, for bereaved families at inquests and public law cases involving healthcare. John has a particular interest and experience in the application of the Human Rights Act 1998 to health and social care.

Prior to joining Clarke Willmott in September 2011, John acted for NHS bodies, medical defence organisations, individual doctors and private healthcare providers in clinical negligence actions, inquests and all aspects of medical law. In addition John worked as a legal advisor whilst seconded to one of the largest Childrens Hospitals in the country.

John has a Masters Degree in Medical Law and was an Associate Lecturer at Cardiff Law School where he taught postgraduate students medical law. He also regularly lectures on topics relevant to his practise to charities and professionals involved in health and social care.

John is a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and was a founding member of the South West Administrative Lawyers Association (SWALA).

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  • Clinical negligence. John has successfully taken a number of clinical negligence cases to Trial and has been involved with several cases which have gone to the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords/Supreme Court. He has acted in cases involving multiple parties, brain and spinal injuries, obstetrics and paediatrics, fatal cases, accident and emergency treatment, GP negligence, product liability group actions, failure to diagnose and treat cancer and matters involving surgery, urology and gynaecology. John has particular experience of inquests, damages claims under the Human Rights Act, cases involving failure to diagnose/treat meningitis and psychiatric negligence/psychiatric injury.
  • Consent to medical treatment, capacity and best interest decision making, including end of life care, paediatric cases and emergency treatment.
  • Mental health. John acted in the first Trial and appeal of a case brought under Article 2 (the Right to Life) of the European Convention of Human Rights/ the Human Rights Act in respect of the suicide of an informal mental health patient of Rabone v. Pennine Care NHS Trust [2011] 3 WLR 603, which proceeded to the Supreme Court.
  • Inquests including cases where an enhanced investigation is required by the State under Article 2. For example where there has been the death of a patient detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 or where they are in some other way under the control of the State.
  • Judicial review, public law and human rights relating to health and social care.
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare disputes
  • Clinical confidentiality, data protection and freedom of information.
Service areas
  • Medical Negligence
    Medical Negligence