Grahame Aldous QC is recommended for both Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, who have described him as: "One of the most approachable barristers and really understands what being a modern silk is all about. Attentive to the needs of both solicitor and client, he understands client care whilst also being a pedigree performer in court".
Grahame was called to the Bar in 1979 and took Silk (becoming a Queen’s Counsel, or QC) in 2008. He has been a Recorder (Part-Time Judge) since 2000 and is a Governing Master of the Bench at the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court that regulate barristers, as well as a former Vice-Chair of the Bar Council Equality and Diversity Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a CEDR Mediator and a member of the Advisory Council of Trust Mediation.
In Grahame's time as Head of Chambers at 9 Gough Square Chambers won PI & Clinical Negligence Set of the Year and topped the Black Solicitors Network league table for diversity practices and procedures. Grahame wrote the first Diversity Awareness Training Toolkit for both 9 Gough Square and the Bar Council and has led Diversity Awareness sessions for various chambers, the Bar Council, Inner Temple and the Judicial College. He is a member of the Judicial College Panel of Experts on Diversity and Equality.
He came to the Bar having graduated in Law, LLB Hons (Exon), in 1978. He was previously at sea on Home Trade ships, sailing traditional sailing craft and teaching sailing at the National Sailing Centre in Cowes. He has kept up his connection with the sea as a MCA/RYA Yachtmaster and with regular trips at sea, including racing round Cape Horn in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and crossing the South Atlantic on a Square Rigged ship in the Norton Rose Round the World Challenge, sailing the world with a crew made up of able bodied and disabled sailors. His work includes a speciality in both maritime claims and claims involving other jurisdictions.
He is an Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) Advanced Advocacy Trainer and Advocacy Teacher-Trainer, and a Faculty member of the South Eastern Circuit International Advanced Advocacy Course, at Keble College Oxford.
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Grahame Aldous QC has regularly been named as a Leading Clinical Negligence Silk in UK Directories of the Bar.
In Chambers and Partners UK Directory he has been recommended as:
"A silk with huge experience of and great expertise in clinical negligence. Has an established reputation in the market for dealing with high-value, complex claims, including novel cases involving hospitals in foreign jurisdictions".
And of his expertise it has said:
"He is what you expect a silk to be - he smooths the water, by being very personable and user-friendly. He is not stuffy or standoffish, and is happy to discuss the issues frankly".
In Legal 500 he has been noted as "a very quick thinker, brilliant at putting clients at ease" and "an exceptional all-rounder".
He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and Chairman of their annual Clinical Negligence Conference. He was also one of the Counsel nominated by both Claimant and Defendant solicitors under the "NHS Resolve" scheme.
He is the General Editor of Clinical Negligence Claims: A Practical Guide.
Grahame is recommended as a Leading Personal Injury Silk in UK Directories of the Bar.
In Legal 500 he has been noted for "utterly sound judgement calls and holding his nerve" and "one of the best PI QC's out there".
In Chambers UK he has been said to have a "name synonymous with brilliance", "one of the most approachable barristers and really understands what being a modern silk is all about" and "Attentive to the needs of both solicitor and client, he understands client care whilst also being a "pedigree performer in court who is known for his fearsome cross-examinations".
He has particular experience in dealing with catastrophic injury claims, including brain injuries, psychological and stress injuries, severe spinal injuries, amputations and severe non-united fractures and fatal accident claims, the subject of one of the chapters he contributes as an editor of Kemp & Kemp: Personal Injury Law, Practice and Procedure. He is the General Editor of the APIL Guide to Catastrophic Injury Claims and is one of the SIA (Spinal Injuries Association) Approved Counsel.
His cases include achieving record breaking awards and:
Grahame has particular expertise in marine accident cases involving passengers and crew on ships or yachts, and cases involving international conflicts of law. This work makes use of his experience in the Merchant Navy before coming to the Bar, his qualification as a Yachtmaster and his skills in competitive yacht racing, including racing round Cape Horn in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. He is the author of Work Accidents at Sea and the Shipping chapter of Munkman on Employers' Liability.
His work has taken him outside our own jurisdiction including to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Gibraltar, for which he was admitted to the Gibraltar Bar, and the Privy Council.
His work has included disaster and multi-party litigation such as the PIP product Liability Litigation, Marchioness Disaster, including the Marchioness Steering Committee Costs Litigation, the Princess Margaret Hovercraft disaster, and the Achille Lauro and Sun Vista cruise liner fire disasters.
Grahame is a CEDR accredited mediator with successful experience of a number of mediations in practice. He was one of the Counsel nominated by both Claimant and Defendant solicitors under the "NHS Resolve" scheme. He is happy to accept joint instructions to act as mediator in order to try and facilitate a settlement between parties. Grahame is the author of the Mediation & ADR chapters of Kemp & Kemp Personal Injury Law, Practice & Procedure and of the APIL Guide to Catastrophic Injury Claims. He is a member of the CEDR Solve Lead Mediators Panel and of the Advisory Council of Trust Mediation. Recommended in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for his negotiating skills, he has been described in Chambers & Partners directory in particular as "noted for his negotiating skills as a mediator". He is able to bring to bear his considerable background in commercial law and varied commercial disputes, as well as judicial review and public law and professional negligence disputes.
His successful mediations include: