Keep your notes clean: tips from an expert in litigation law
Debashis Singh talks to Robert Dunford, a barrister who represents patients in clinical negligence cases
My heart thumped against my rib cage as I made my way to his chambers in Kings Street, Leicester. The windows on the ground floor are bullet proof, reflecting the feeling many people have towards the legal profession. Coming to meet a man who successfully sues doctors and health authorities alike was a little like entering a cobra's nest.
“I don't represent hospitals … I sue them.” These were the words Robert Dunford used to describe his work as a barrister working in the field of clinical negligence disputes on the side of the patient. “I'm the chap in the white wig who cross examines you [the doctor] when you give evidence in your defence in a clinical negligence case,” he continued in his distinctive Canadian drawl. The sea of medics in front of him shuffled uncomfortably in their seats as he continued his incisive lecture. I was compelled to