Secondary victim claims after the Supreme Court decision in Paul

Run Time
34 Minutes
Learning Method
On-Demand Training
Practice Area
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
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Price £120.00



In this webinar, Charles Bagot KC and Vanessa McKinlay from Gatehouse Chambers discuss secondary victim claims after the Supreme Court decision in Paul. They cover the following:

  • Where had the principles reached before the case of Paul?
  • What did the Supreme Court have to say about the Court of Appeal's findings?
  • What has the Supreme Court decided about secondary victim claims arising out of clinical negligence?
  • Where will this decision apply?
  • How did the Supreme Court reach their decision?
  • What did the Court have to say about the ‘control mechanisms’?
  • Shift away from requiring a horrifying event and objective threshold test of ‘sudden shock’?
    • How significant is it?
  • What did the court have to say about the concept of ‘immediate aftermath’ in previous cases?
  • Has Paul departed from or altered the significance of any of the key House of Lords cases?
  • Which cases have survived the scrutiny of the Supreme Court in Paul?
  • Does this spell the end of secondary victim claims in the clinical negligence sphere entirely?

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Vanessa McKinlay

Barrister and Mediator

Gatehouse Chambers

Vanessa is a very experienced clinical negligence barrister whose expertise covers areas such as surgical negligence, delayed diagnosis of cancer, obstetric and midwifery care, delayed treatment of sepsis, pharmaceutical negligence, cardiac treatment and the treatment of renal conditions.

She also specialises in representing parties at inquests.

Having worked as a Senior Physiotherapist

Charles Bagot KC


Gatehouse Chambers

For more than a dozen years, Charles has been recommended in the legal directories as a leading practitioner. He won Personal Injury Silk of the Year at the 2023 Legal 500 Bar Awards (and was nominated for the same award at the 2023 Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards). He