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Ross Beaton

  • Personal injury & Clinical negligence  

    Personal injury & Clinical negligence

    Ross has a wide-ranging personal injury practice and is regularly instructed to act for both Claimants and Defendants. He combines a busy trial practice with a commitment to prompt attention to paperwork.

    Personal Injury

    Ross is frequently instructed in Fast Track trials concerning Road Traffic Accidents, often appearing in County Courts across the country several times a week in such matters. He is comfortable in dealing with credit hire claims.

    He is often instructed to draft pleadings in a variety of personal injury claims, frequently working to very tight deadlines, and provides clear and thorough advice on liability. 

    In January 2015, he was instructed as sole counsel acting pro bono on behalf of the deceased’s family in a two week Coroner’s inquest held in Lincoln into the death of a railway worker. The jury heard evidence from over 15 witnesses and the case received widespread coverage in the local press. 

    Clinical negligence

    Ross was instructed in a substantial claim arising out of the death of a psychiatric patient, which followed a two day inquest in which he acted for the family, instructed by AvMA. He has acted as counsel to the family in inquests involving issues ranging from suicide to cardiology. He joined chambers after completing pupillage at a leading clinical negligence set, where he assisted his supervisors in numerous complex medical claims for both Claimants and Defendants.

    Civil fraud

    Ross is frequently instructed in Fast Track trials across the country where fundamental dishonesty and fraud is alleged. In one such trial, following cross-examination of the Claimant, he succeeded in persuading the Court that the alleged accident had not occurred at all despite the presence of corroborative damage on both vehicles.

    Industrial disease

    Ross regularly drafts pleadings and schedules on behalf of Claimants who have been injured at work.

    Recent Cases:

    Ross was recently involved in a claim involving the death of a psychiatric patient which settled out of Court for a substantial sum.

    News & Resources

    Changing the discount rate - what, when and why?

    This afternoon there was an announcement to the London Stock Exchange of a forthcoming change to the discount rate in relation to calculating compensation payments. Most people had probably never heard of it this morning, but the development has wiped billions off the value of major insurers and looks set to be front page news tomorrow.

    27th February 2017 Read more

    Infant settlements and success fees – taking money from a baby?

    As any PI practitioner will know, solicitors’ success fees, previously recoverable from Defendants, can now only be recovered from their own clients’ general damages. In infant settlement cases, where any deduction from damages requires the permission of the Court, this poses particular problems.

    8th November 2015 Read more

Profile

Ross specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. Since joining chambers, he has appeared in Court across the country on a regular basis, in trials and interim applications. He has appeared as sole counsel in Coroners’ inquests on a number of occasions.

His practice is evenly split between acting for Claimants and Defendants. He combines a busy Court practice with a commitment to prompt attention to paperwork.

In addition to his regular practice in personal injury, Ross has experience across chambers’ other main areas of practice. He also has experience of working for the government under their Baby Barrister scheme.

He has also acted for parents in education law cases, through the Bar Pro Bono Unit and as an IPSEA volunteer. He has acted in immigration matters through the Bar Pro Bono Unit. He is willing to consider acting pro bono in appropriate cases.

Prior to coming to the Bar, among other things, Ross was a trainee at the European Commission and worked as a volunteer on death penalty cases in Texas.

Further information

Qualifications

  • BA Philosophy & French (Oxon), Balliol College, Oxford – First
  • MPhil International Relations, Balliol College, Oxford
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – Distinction (2012)
  • Bar Vocational Course – Very Competent (2013)
  • Foley-Bejar Scholar, Balliol College (2008-11)
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Scholarship (2011-13)

Languages

  • Fluent French, conversational Arabic, and some German.

Background

Prior to coming to the Bar, Ross worked as a trainee at the European Commission and studied Arabic in Morocco and Yemen.

Interests

Ross enjoys travel, good books and country walks with his spaniel.

News & Resources

Brexit – what rights have we really acquired?

When the UK joined the EU, British people got some new rights – for instance, to live and work in other member states – which they had never had before. British businesses gained new rights too, providing goods and services without being impeded by tariffs or measures of similar effect.

9th March 2017 Read more

Changing the discount rate - what, when and why?

This afternoon there was an announcement to the London Stock Exchange of a forthcoming change to the discount rate in relation to calculating compensation payments. Most people had probably never heard of it this morning, but the development has wiped billions off the value of major insurers and looks set to be front page news tomorrow.

27th February 2017 Read more

Brexit – what does it mean for the City?

The UK’s financial services sector generates around 7% of GDP, pays about £60bn per year in tax, directly employs about 1.1m people, and makes a significant contribution to sustaining another million jobs in associated sectors such as accountancy, management consultancy and law.

13th February 2017 Read more

Infant settlements and success fees – taking money from a baby?

As any PI practitioner will know, solicitors’ success fees, previously recoverable from Defendants, can now only be recovered from their own clients’ general damages. In infant settlement cases, where any deduction from damages requires the permission of the Court, this poses particular problems.

8th November 2015 Read more
Ross Beaton


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Year of Call 2013

Email

rossbeaton@lambchambers.co.uk

Contact clerk

Joe Grimmer

020 7797 8307

VAT Reg No

206488305

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