Gautam Chawla

Gautam specialises in healthcare litigation and, in particular, clinical negligence claims.

Gautam joined Hempsons in 2014 and became a partner in 2018. He trained and qualified at a leading clinical negligence firm and has been dealing with clinical negligence claims since 2006.

Gautam has acted in a wide variety of cases including dental, gynaecological, infection, neurosurgical, obstetric, ophthalmic, oncological, orthopaedic and spinal injury claims. His caseload includes several high value (multi-million pound) claims as well as medically complex and sensitive cases. Gautam has featured in the Legal 500.

Gautam regularly provides legal updates and training both to clinicians and to medio-legal experts and has presented at the British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (2022) and BACO International ENT conference (2023) in recent years.

At Hempsons Gautam has the benefit of working closely with colleagues who are recognised as leaders in the field of healthcare litigation, some of whom have medical as well legal backgrounds.

More about Gautam

I am an avid sports fan – mostly spectating, save for regular cycling jaunts around Sussex and the occasional badminton match.

Areas of expertise

  • healthcare litigation
  • clinical negligence

The clients he works with

  • NHS trusts
  • GPs
  • dentists
  • clinicians practising in the private sector


  • admitted to the roll of solicitors (2010)
  • LPC (College of Law, London), Distinction (2010)
  • LLB Hons (2002)


  • The Law Society
  • Royal Society of Medicine

Recent publications

“Fantastic litigator, with brilliant intellect and outstanding medical knowledge” (Legal 500)

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Clinical negligence: duty and breach

This is the first in a two-part series about clinical negligence, in which we will look at the essential components of a claim. In a nutshell, in order for a successful clinical negligence claim to be made, the claimant must show that the defendant healthcare practitioner/provider:

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