Stuart took silk in 2018 and has quickly established a leading QC’s practice .
He 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, click here to read more.
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.
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)
We just wanted to thank you for all of the hard work you have put into our son’s case over many years. We know we were very lucky to have you Stuart, such a knowledgeable and experienced barrister on the case accomplishing so much in his favour.
What you achieved on the day was phenomenal. The final settlement surpassed what we had imagined, enabling us, as parents, to rest assured knowing that he has financial security for the rest of his life.
You have always been a pleasure to deal with conducting our meetings with warmth, kindness and clarification, using terminology we understood. Most importantly you always spoke directly to our son ensuring he was understanding and involved as much as possible.
Mr & Mrs X
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