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Juliet Stevens

Call 2016

Having joined Chambers in October 2017, Juliet Stevens is developing a broad practice across all Chambers’ specialist areas. She has appeared as junior counsel in the High Court and regularly advises and drafts pleadings in fast and multi-track matters.

Since April 2017, Juliet has appeared in court almost daily for trials, procedural applications and costs and case management conferences.

In her previous career, Juliet was a practising doctor, specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and remains registered with the General Medical Council. Between medicine and the Bar, she worked at a solicitors’ firm specialising in medical law.

Juliet read Medicine at Oxford, in which she was awarded a First Class MA and BM BCh with Distinction. She completed her GDL (Distinction) and BPTC at City University. She is a Queen Mother and Astbury Scholar of Middle Temple.

Juliet also provides pro bono legal assistance via the Free Representation Unit. In this role she has appeared on numerous occasions before the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).

Clinical Negligence

As a former practising doctor, Juliet has a particular interest in Clinical Negligence. She welcomes instructions from both Claimants and Defendants to draft pleadings, provide advice and to appear at hearings.

As a pupil, Juliet assisted Alexander Antelme QC who was acting for the defendant Trust in XYZ v Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 2687 (QB), which related to the clinical management of a child who had suffered significant brain damage as a result of meningitis. After a two week trial, the claim was dismissed.

Juliet is skilled at analysing medical records, confident when discussing clinical conduct with experts and benefits from personal knowledge of the realities of working in hospitals and primary care. Further, having conducted medical research both in the UK and abroad, she is adept at critical analysis of scientific and epidemiological studies.

Her clinical experience includes Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Accident and Emergency, Urological Surgery, Endocrinology (incl. Diabetes) and General Medicine but her interest in clinical negligence spans all fields

Personal Injury

Juliet has developed a broad personal injury practice, acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

She recently appeared as junior counsel for the Defendant in the High Court in a case pleaded at £7 million, led by Andrew Davis.

She is frequently instructed in fast track cases and also welcomes instructions to advise and draft pleadings.

Juliet’s recent instructions relate to:

  • Injuries arising from road traffic accidents, including credit hire claims.
  • Employers’ liability claims, acting for both employers and employees.
  • Public liability claims, acting both for claimants and insured parties.

As a pupil with Andrew Davis she gained considerable experience of preparation for, and conduct of, joint settlement meetings. She also assisted Muhammed Haque QC in relation to an appeal against an arbitration award made under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 2003.

Industrial Disease

Juliet is developing a practice in this area. She has experience of occupational disease litigation, including cases arising from asbestos exposure, NIHL and HAVS.

Her background as a doctor proves invaluable when assessing the medical evidence in these matters.

Product Liability

Juliet is developing a practice in this area and has a particular interest in claims involving pharmaceuticals, medical products and devices.

She has extensive experience analysing the methodologies and conclusions of drug trials and large scale epidemiological studies. During pupillage she assisted Alexander Antelme QC and David Myhill with the analysis of published scientific research in relation to a class-action against a medical product manufacturer.

She is currently instructed in relation to a large disclosure exercise in a multi-million pound claim arising from a fatal accident abroad allegedly caused by a defective product.

Commercial

Juliet has experience of a wide range of commercial disputes including those relating to the sale of goods, the supply of services and credit hire.

She welcomes instructions to advise and to draft pleadings across all areas of commercial law.

She was recently instructed on behalf of an agricultural contractor, in relation to a high value claim for crop yield losses after alleged defective fertiliser application.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Juliet has experience of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including those concerning scope of cover, aggregation clauses and excess layer insurance.

As a pupil, Juliet assisted Daniel Shapiro in a matter which was heard under the Commercial Court’s Shorter Trial pilot scheme. The dispute related to whether or not the limit of indemnity for public liability, on the correct construction of the policy, applied to each claim brought against the Insured, or the aggregate of those claims.

Construction & Engineering

Juliet has experience of construction disputes, including those arising from issues of design, delay and breach of regulations, and experience of a variety of standard form contracts.

As a pupil, Juliet assisted Crispin Winser in a claim concerning the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 relating to a long-running basement construction dispute, which was complicated by allegations of fraud and collusion with the third surveyor.

Property Damage

Juliet has experience of a wide variety of property damage claims, including those arising from escape of water, flooding and fire.

Recently, Juliet successfully defended a claim brought against a local authority relating to damage caused by Storm Imogen in 2016.

Health & Safety

While a pupil to Mike Atkins, Juliet gained experience of a variety of Health & Safety and regulatory work.

In particular, Juliet assisted John Cooper QC and Mike Atkins in defending Electricity North West Limited against a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive relating to the company’s practice, policies and training for work at height.

She has also assisted with matters including:

  • A trial of a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive against a local authority managed cycling facility, relating to an alleged failure to safely manage renovation works while children used the track;
  • A trial of a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive against an engineering firm, in relation to their procedures for work at height;
  • Preparation for the sentencing hearing of a construction machinery company, who had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, where the sentence was to be determined by reference to the 2016 Sentencing Guidelines.
  • Research and case preparation in relation to a prospective prosecution by the Care Quality Commission against a care home.

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Juliet is keen to develop her practice in this area.

Prior to joining Chambers, Juliet assisted with the preparation of a number of inquests arising from deaths in hospital, including those engaging Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Again, her background as a doctor proves invaluable when assessing the medical evidence in these matters.

Awards


  • Queen Mother Scholar, Middle Temple (2015)
  • Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple (2014)
  • Proxime accessit, Final Examinations, Medicine, University of Oxford (2010)
  • Excellence in Leadership Award, London Medical Deanery (2011)
  • Wellcome Trust Elective Research Prize (2010)
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Elective Research Award  (2010)
  • Undergraduate academic scholarship, University of Oxford (2005)

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Qualifications


  • BPTC, City University (2016)
  • GDL (Distinction), City University (2015)
  • Part 1 Membership Examination, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2011)
  • Medicine BM BCh (Distinction), University of Oxford (2010)
  • Medical Sciences MA (First Class), University of Oxford (2007)

Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • TECBAR
  • LCLCBA

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