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What does the COVID pandemic mean for the standard of care?

What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the interpretation of the appropriate standard of care? Chris Bright QC, John Coughlan QC, Gemma Roberts, and Neil Shastri-Hurst explore the key implications.

Over the course of the last year or so, clinicians have been redeployed in order to ensure the NHS was not overwhelmed. This has inevitably resulted in individual practitioners working beyond their normal scope of practice. The panel will be considering whether the unprecedented nature of the pandemic will affect how the standard of care is addressed in clinical negligence cases.

About the speakers

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Chris Bright QC

Chris is Head of the Clinical Negligence Group at No5 and is consistently recommended by the legal directories as a leading Silk who is highly experienced and expert in conducting the highest level of clinical negligence claims, including those arising from medical mismanagement.

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John Coughlan QC

Appointed to silk in March 2021, John is looking forward to establishing a busy and successful practice as Leading Counsel. John practises exclusively in clinical negligence and serious personal injury cases, acting for Claimants and Defendants.

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Gemma Roberts

Gemma has a busy employment law practice and has amassed a wealth of experience in the full range of employment and discrimination law matters.

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Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst

Neil is a member of the following groups at No5 Barristers’ Chambers: Clinical Negligence; Personal Injury; Inquests Public Inquiries and Coronial Law; Misconduct and Compliance; Mediation; Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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