Dr Peter Ellis joined Hailsham Chambers in January 2018. He is ranked by the Legal 500 (Tier 1) and Chambers & Partners (Band 1) as a leading junior in clinical negligence at the London Bar. Legal 500, 2021 say: ‘He gives thorough, well considered advice born of many years’ experience.’
Dr Peter Ellis is instructed by many of the UK’s leading firms on complex clinical negligence cases, including obstetric and other brain and spinal cord injury claims. His practice benefits from his experience as a former hospital doctor specialising in internal medicine, and as a former solicitor at DAC Beachcroft. Dr Ellis is also a CEDR trained mediator, and is experienced at representing parties at round table settlement conferences and other forms of ADR.
Dr Ellis is in great demand for his expertise in relation to coroners’ inquests, where he uses his experience as a former Assistant Coroner in London for 20 years’. He is regularly instructed in complex healthcare cases, including cases involving medicinal products and devices, and deaths in nursing homes. He also undertakes cases involving workplace accidents and road traffic accidents, where issues of sub-standard medical treatment arise. He has represented bereaved families, healthcare providers, employers, insurers, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and company officers. He undertakes a significant amount of related fatal accident litigation.
Dr Ellis regularly undertakes enhanced Article 2 inquests including cases involving the deaths of voluntary and detained psychiatric patients and subsequent litigation.
“An excellent barrister who is incredibly thoughtful and compassionate with clients. He is always calm and measured and gives sound advice.” “He’s a former medic so he is very sharp on difficult medical issues.” “He has a great eye for the finer details.” Chambers UK, 2022
“Peter is the ultimate professional. He is completely unflappable and always manages to get the right result for his client.” Legal 500, 2022
“He gives thorough, well considered advice born of many years’ experience.” Legal 500, 2021
“He’s methodical and extremely good at dissecting complex issues. He’s also extremely knowledgeable and very good with experts.” Chambers UK 2021
“He’s very knowledgeable and good with clients.” Chambers UK, 2020
“He has an excellent understanding of complex medical issues” Legal 500, 2020
“Medically qualified and highly able. He has a speedy grasp of complex facts” Chambers UK, 2019
“Always well prepared in conferences and for court” “Very intelligent and very approachable” Chambers UK 2019
“His work as a deputy coroner, and previous role as a doctor, means he is outstanding when it comes to inquest cases and understanding complex medical issues” Legal 500, 2019
“Medically qualified, highly able and has a speedy grasp of complex facts …He has a very analytical mind and a nice manner with clients” Chambers UK, 2018
“Experienced in handling complex and high value claims” Legal 500, 2017
“He has a very large breadth of knowledge” Chambers UK, 2017
“He excels when a case has complex medical causation at its heart” Legal 500, 2016
“He is very poised and polished. His level of understanding is way beyond the average barrister because he is a qualified doctor… When you have a complicated medical scenario he is wonderful and is one of the top medical legal barristers on causation…He is very business-like and straight-forward” Chambers UK, 2016
Dr Ellis is a regular chairman and speaker at medico-legal conferences and seminars, for lawyers and healthcare professionals. He has also undertaken medical expert witness training for Bond Solon, the Royal College of Surgeons, and the Medicines & Healthcare Regulatory Agency.
Peter served in the Royal Navy as a medical officer before training as a lawyer. His interests include naval & military history, astronomy, medical history, poetry and rugby. He is a member of the Master Court of the Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow, and a member of the Travellers Club in London
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