Stuart took silk in 2018, having established an exceptional junior practice over many years.
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 demonstrating outstanding attention to detail, sound judgment and excellent advocacy on behalf of all those he represents.
Stuart was awarded the title of ‘Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2017 and was shortlisted for Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2018. He is a previous winner of Personal Injury Barrister of the Year at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards.
In 2017-18 Stuart recovered damages with a combined capital value in excess of £110,000,000 (one hundred and ten million) on behalf of Claimants. 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 in the UK, 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 the General Editor of the APIL Guide To Catastrophic Injury Claims (being the definitive practitioner guide to running high-value personal injury and clinical negligence actions - 3rd edition to be published in late 2019) 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 / chairs on a regular basis. 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, with increasing levels of success, to indoctrinate his 2 young sons in the ways of Norwich City Football Club.
For many years Stuart has been listed as a Leading Practitioner in the fields of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence in the Chambers UK and Legal 500 Clients' Guides, where he has been variously described as:
"Incredibly thorough, detailed and excellent with clients." "His attention to detail is second to none, and he is accessible, responsive and proactive. He is also extremely robust in joint settlement meetings and court hearings. He's always sympathetic with clients while at the same time managing their expectations perfectly."
“He is a complete superstar, a true expert in catastrophic injury cases and the best quantum advocate in the country"
"Exceptionally bright, hard-working and tenacious; a true star of the Bar in every sense"
"Almost legendary in terms of maximising claims for his clients."
"Has an amazing knowledge of spinal injury cases, he really does add a lot of value to cases."
"He's incredibly hard-working and extraordinarily bright."."
"Admired for his amazing service."
"An amazing advocate, who is astonishingly efficient."
"Masterful on very high-value claims."
"A real specialist in catastrophic injury cases."
"Without doubt the leading personal injury junior."
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 QC is outstanding, and simply the best counsel in this field.
EXP (retired judge)
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