incredibly intelligent, gets through the issues quickly and is a fantastic advocate
Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK

Robert Weir QC
Year of Call 1992 Silk 2010

Rob specialises in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence and the impact of the Human Rights Act on those areas. He acts for a wide range of clients, both claimants and defendants.    Rob is regularly involved in catastrophic injury cases, involving brain and spinal injuries, and has appeared in a host of reported cases over the years.

He is an editor of Kemp & Kemp (chapters on conflict of laws, accommodation claims, mentally incapable claimants and PPOs) and writes a chapter on the liability of public authorities for Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.

Rob was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010.

Rob won the category of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year at the 2013 Chambers UK Bar Awards.

  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    Recommendations for Robert Weir QC:

    "He has an enviable level of expertise in catastrophic injury claims and is highly rated for his client manner, his skill in court and his performances in negotiation.  Sources also comment on his knowledge of technical matters."

    Expertise: "He's very eminent - everyone knows he's the superstar of my generation.  He's a class act."   "He's a go to leader.  He's absolutely excellent - his technical ability is fantastic and he has a dogged determination in negotiation."     -      Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2014

     

    Expertise:  "He is razor-sharp in his analysis and has a wonderfully calm yet forceful nature when in court."  Travel, Chambers UK 2014
     

    Expertise: “He is top-notch. Incredibly intelligent, he cuts through all of the gloss from the other side and gets straight to the point. You can have a huge case and he’ll cut through it in no time. Very firm with the other side, he is fantastic on complex medical issues and a brilliant advocate as well. -  Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2014

     

    Within Clinical Negligence and Healthcare Robert Weir QC is "at the top of the tree when it comes to his advocacy skills", whilst in Personal Injury he is noted for his "determination, refusal to bend under pressure, and tactical awareness".      -  Legal 500 2013

     

    The "extremely intelligent and able" Robert Weir QC is "a go-to barrister for the most complex claims." He habitually handles cerebral palsy and other brain injury cases, and recently handled a claim concerning cerebral palsy which arose as a result of an episode of hypocarbia shortly after birth.  -  Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2013

     

    Robert Weir QC acts for a broad range of clients, and receives instructions from both claimants and defendants. He "is an exceptional advocate and a brilliant problem solver who displays a high attention to detail" in all he does. He is further praised by instructing solicitors for his "sympathetic and down-to-earth" approach to clients. He appeared in Smith and others v Ministry of Defence, the much publicised case concerning members of the armed forces killed in Iraq.    -  Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2013

    Robert Weir QC of Devereux Chambers has acted on personal injury matters for some years. His travel practice sees him act particularly on matters with a maritime aspect, and he recently advised on Saldanha v Fulton, a case concerning injury to an Indian merchant seaman. Sources describe him as an "excellent advocate."    -    Chambers UK 2013

    Robert Weir QC has an "excellent legal brain" and takes "a very proactive approach" to his work. 
    Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2012

    Robert Weir QC is a "real star at Devereux."  He is "incredibly intelligent, gets through the issues quickly and is a fantastic advocate."  His "authoritative yet conversational" manner in court was picked out for special praise. Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2012

    Robert Weir QC is "enormously talented" and "intellectually outstanding" Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2011

    Robert Weir QC is "extremely sharp", "a real lateral thinker" and "unwavering in cross-examination".
    Clinical Negligence and Healthcare, Legal 500 2010

    New silk Robert Weir QC is a good negotiator who is ‘incredibly bright and extremely good on difficult points of law’. Clients appreciate the fact that he is ‘very clever and gets to the point.’  Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2011

    “Robert Weir QC is a specialist in catastrophic injury cases, whose elevation to silk this year was warmly greeted.” Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2011

    As a junior, Rob was winner of 2007 Chambers & Partners, Personal Injury Junior of the Year Award

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  • Notable cases

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  • Personal Injury

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    Numerous high value brain injury and para/tetraplegic claims for both claimants and defendants.

    Settlements have included:

    • £2,273,000 and £330,000 p.a. index-linked to ASHE 6115 and £55,000 p.a. index linked to RPI PPOs for life (after reduction of 30% for contributory negligence) for a young claimant who sustained tetraplegia and lower brainstem injury rendering her locked-in and fully competent
    • £640,000 and a PPO of £60,000 p.a. rising to £100,000 p.a. in a clinical negligence case in which negligent surgery led to peritonitis and subsequent need for stoma and brain injury caused whilst in ICU
    • £1.1m and £23,000 p.a. PPO for a young adult injured when a young child in a RTA
    • £2.9m and £144k p.a. PPO for a young brain injured man who also sustained a below knee amputation
    • £1.35m and £150k, rising to £165k p.a. PPO for an incomplete tetraplegic client
    • £900k and £30k p.a., rising to £44k p.a. PPO for a brain injured client after reducing the claim by 20% for contributory negligence
    • £2.25m and £60k p.a. rising to £85k then £100k p.a. for an incomplete tetraplegic client
    • £1.75m for a client who sustained a below knee amputation
    • lump sum and PPO (equiv. to over £8m) for tetraplegic client
    • £3.025m for child brain injured client
    • £1.8m for paraplegic client (after reduction for contrib)
    • £1.8 for brain injured client (after reduction for contrib)
    • lump sum and PPO for brain injured client (equiv. to over £3m)
    • lump sum and PPO (equiv. to about £1.4m) for brain injured client
    • £1.4m and £157,000 p.a. PPO for a tetraplegic client (after reduction for contrib.)
    • £1.5m and £61,500 p.a. PPO for a cerebral palsy client
    • £785,000 plus £31,712 p.a. PPO for a brain injured client
    • £660,000 and £22,479 p.a., rising to £39,720 after 2 years p.a. PPO for a client who suffered severe gastrointestinal injury as a result of clinical negligence
    • £656,000 and £66,444 p.a. PPO for a clinical negligence client who had jumped from first floor window of psychiatric unit and sustained a brain injury
    • £800,000 and £110,000 p.a. rising to £135,000 after 4 years p.a. PPO for a client who had undergone a below knee amputation prior to the clinical negligence which rendered her paraplegic.
    • £1.8m and £305,000 PPO p.a. for a tetraplegic client
    • £2.75m for a brain injured client working in the City at the time of the acident
    • £415,000 and £64,000 PPO p.a. in a clinical negligence claim where the client sustained cauda equina damage
    • £1.43m and £200,000 p.a. PPO for a paraplegic client arising out of clinical negligence
    • £2.52m and £75,000 p.a. PPO, rising to £120,000 p.a. PPO, for a brain injured child
    • £2.5m for a child injured in a RTA
    • £5.5m for the wife and daughter of a City solicitor in a FAA claim
    • £1.5m and £100k p.a. PPO for a brain injured young adult
    • £500k and £51k p.a. PPO in a clinical negligence claim in which C sustained severe injuries and loss of a limb following a failed suicide attempt
    • £1.725m and PPO rising to £135k p.a. for life for brain injured child
    • £765k and PPO rising to £53,750 p.a.after reduction by 50% to reflect liability division for a brain injured child
    • Complex litigation involving accidents at sea, commercial divers, air accidents and conflict of laws issues
      Fatal accident litigation including claim for several £million and claim by family of serviceman killed in Iraq
    • Group action litigation including for E Coli and Cryptosporidium outbreaks in Wales
    • Stress claims for claimants and defendants
    • Abuse work
    • Full range of occupational illnesses and employers' liability claims
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  • Clinical Negligence

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    Many cerebral palsy claims for claimants arising out of peri-natal and neo-natal negligence.

    Wide range of other claims including failure to diagnose meningitis, failure to diagnose causing paraplegia and tetraplegia and brain damage, failure to diagnose cancer, negligence by psychiatric units leading to brain damage and paraplegia, fatal claims.

    Specialism in secondary victim claims.

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  • Human Rights

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    All aspects of human rights, principally but not exclusively in relation to personal injury/healthcare issues.

    Several leading cases in area from Matthews (HL 2003 - asbestos claim against military) to Dobson (CA 2009 - nuisance).

    Currently running HRA claims against MoD, police and local authorities and in respect of the Fatal Accidents Act.

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    Judicial review claims including relating to mental health and entitlement to continuing healthcare for elderly infirm.

    Professional negligence and insurance claims, principally arising out of personal injury work.

    Nuisance claims.

    Health and safety work.

     

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Memberships & Associations

Vice Chairman of PIBA

Member, Founder and past Chairman of Oxford Medico-Legal Society

Education

MA in Medical Law and Ethics

1st class degree from Cambridge University

MA (Cantab), MA (KCL)