Bertie Leigh

What Bertie can do for you

Bertie has conducted many of the leading cases in clinical negligence and regulatory law during the past 30 years.

Main areas of expertise

  • Clinical negligence
  • Professional regulation and training
  • NHS administration
  • Employment

Professional memberships and positions

  • Medico-Legal Society – Ex-President 2006-08
  • Chairman NCEPOD (National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death)  2009-2015
  • Chairman Clinical Disputes Forum 2010 –
  • Hon Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Fellow ad eundem Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Governor St Christopher School 2012-
  • Save the Baby Fund Trustee
  • Society Ethics in Law & Medicine President – 2012 –
  • Civil Justice Council’s Clinical Negligence Committee Member 2003-2006

Recent external publications 

Writings include chapters in:

  • Dewhurst’s ‘Obstetrics and Gynaecology’
  • Roberton and Rennie’s ‘Neonatology’
  • Hardman et al Consent to Anaesthesia                                                                              

Known as ‘the top dog’ in clinical negligence defence work. Bertie Leigh is ‘a phenomenal lawyer’…’charismatic speaker”…and ‘original thinker’.” (Chambers UK 2013)

Clients find him ‘a joy to work with’ and are impressed by the way he ‘cuts straight to the heart of the issue.’ Commentators admire his ‘intellectual and holistic approach’ to clinical negligence.” (Chambers UK 2012)

“‘Leading light’ Bertie Leigh is the senior partner at the firm, as well as head of the clinical negligence practice. Described as ‘the doyen of defendant clinical negligence’, he brings over 35 years’ experience to bear on his work for defendants.” (Chambers UK 2011)


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  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Bertie Leigh commands the respect of the market nationwide, with sources describing him as the doyen of clinical negligence, also noting that he continues to dazzle. ”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “The "eminent" Bertie Leigh is an esteemed veteran of the clinical negligence market, with particular expertise in relation to obstetrics and gynaecological issues. He maintains a stellar reputation in the market, utilising his considerable experience to advise a range of health authorities.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “Bertie Leigh continues to enjoy a “formidable reputation” in the healthcare market, particularly where contentious healthcare regulatory work overlaps with clinical negligence.”
  • Legal 500 2016
    “The insightful, acute and incisive Bertie Leigh leads the clinical negligence practice. ”