Stuart was sworn in as Queen's Counsel by the Lord Chancellor on 26 February 2018.
Stuart specialises in the highest value catastrophic injury claims involving complex issues and large numbers of experts. He works for many of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor firms in the country and almost all of his practice is at the High Court. He prides himself on bringing total commitment to every case and instilling confidence in those he represents.
Stuart was awarded the title of ‘Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2017 (an award that he was also shortlisted for in 2012). He was shortlisted for Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2018 and is a previous winner of Personal Injury Barrister of the Year at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards.
In 2017 Stuart advised and represented claimants in cases with a combined value in excess of £100 million. In JDF (a Child) v Hampshire County Council, he settled what is thought to be the highest Personal Injury award ever made/approved by a Court, the equivalent of £28 million capitalised. This case was covered across the national media. Read more here.
Stuart is one of only three Barrister members of the working party responsible for the Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. He is also an author of the APIL Guide To Catastrophic Injury Claims (being the definitive practitioner guide to running high-value personal injury and clinical negligence actions) and writes for 'Kemp: Practice and Procedure' on the subject of Periodical Payment Orders.
Stuart is the co-organiser of the Annual Cambridge Medico-Legal Conference at Peterhouse College, where he speaks on a regular basis and was chair in 2016. His technical knowledge of medical evidence and the experts practicing within medico-legal work is widely appreciated and has been integral to his success at the Bar.
Away from work, Stuart likes to spend time with his family and watch sport. He is trying desperately, thus far without any success, to indoctrinate his 2 young sons in the ways of Norwich City Football Club.
Over a thirty-year career as a barrister and a judge, I had day-to-day experience of counsel. Over the last seven years, after a catastrophic brain injury caused by medical negligence, I needed my own barrister to fight for justice when I was too sick and disabled to be able to myself. I came across Stuart McKechnie as junior counsel, but watched him scale the heights of greatness to Queen’s counsel. His pleadings; his advice, his absolute expertise in the area of catastrophic brain injury and clinical negligence, his masterly approach to calculating quantum, but most of all, his warm and caring support for a very damaged client, whilst still maintaining the highest standards of professional objectivity. In my experience, Stuart McKechnie is outstanding, and simply the best counsel in this field.
EXP (retired judge)
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