Chris Gawne

Chris Gawne

0161 980 6180

Chris joined the firm as a partner in 2012, at which point the firm renamed from Price & Slater to Price Slater Gawne.  He qualified as a solicitor in 2001, and was a partner in a national law firm before joining us.

He has been recognised as an expert in his field since 2008 by the Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession as a ‘Leader in the Field’ of claimant clinical negligence, having been described in their directory over recent years as:

“a rising star”
“having an intelligent and savvy approach to a case”
“winning plaudits for his extremely hard work and great focus”

The Chambers 2015 Guide again listed Chris as a leader in the field of claimant clinical negligence, describing him as “astute and thoroughly personable”.

In 2017, the guide listed him as a notable practitioner in the field, describing him as “has good judgement and manages client expectations well.”

He has won cases for clients involving many different types of medical care including

  • Surgery
  • GP care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Accident and emergency
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Obstetrics/maternity care
  • Neonatal care.

Chris has also acted for the families of patients from whom doctors wish to withdraw or withhold medical treatment. He has advised on a number of independent and public inquiries arising from health issues or involving serious injury or death, acting either for interested parties or for the inquiry itself.

As well as numerous clinical negligence cases, Chris’s notable work includes:

  • the Redfern Inquiry into Human Tissue Analysis at UK Nuclear Facilities
  • T v R: one of the largest reported dental negligence settlements
  • A v NHS Trust: obtained compensation under the Human Rights Act for parents of 18 year old who died following surgery
  • an NHS Trust v MB: representing the parents of a severely disabled child in relation to a hospital’s application to withdraw life sustaining treatment
  • the Everall Inquiry: acting for the families in a public inquiry into the deaths of two young people in local authority care
  • Kingsway Hospital Inquests: inquests into the deaths of 11 dementia patients on a geriatric ward at a hospital in Derby
  • the Shipman Inquiry

Chris is a member of the Law Society’s panel of accredited clinical negligence specialist solicitors.

Chris has appeared on radio and TV, including BBC and Channel 4 national news and Radio 4 ‘Today’ and ‘PM’ programmes, commenting on cases. He has been ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times newspaper and ‘Lawyer in the News’ in the Law Society Gazette.

In the rare periods when Chris is not working he can be found playing hockey for his local team, watching any sport, thinking about going out on his bike or entertaining his 2 sons.

What Chris has been talking about

Can I change deputy?

The need for honesty with patients

Kind words

The process was explained to me fully at the outset.  I was kept fully informed throughout.  This was carried out with courteous efficiency.  I was very pleased with the outcome and my claim was settled to my full satisfaction.
Mrs W, Cheshire

Chris was impressive from the outset. His grasp of a complex case was exceptional and his manner with my wife was professional and sympathetic. We felt that finally we had met someone who was prepared and able to take proper charge of the case. Chris provided clear and helpful advice and recast the claim in a way which ultimately increased the damages which my wife received. We met Chris on a number of occasions as proceedings were issued, advice provided on settlement and finally in negotiating an advantageous settlement.

Throughout a long difficult and emotional process I could not commend Chris strongly enough. His ability to convey difficult and often unwelcome advice to us (as clients) was first rate, his tactical nous was spot on and we have had no hesitation in recommending Chris when we have recently been asked to provide a recommendation to a friend.
PT, Lancashire

We would both like to thank you for all your help and kind understanding during this long claim process and will be more than happy to recommend you to anyone we feel could benefit from your services.
Mr & Mrs B, Hampshire

We felt the service provided to be efficient there was or was always someone available to give advice on any queries with dealt with speedily and efficiently. Christopher kept us informed of all developments and was always available to give advice which was very easy to understand. The service was excellent.
MB, Lancashire

Accreditations and Memberships

Chris is an accredited member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Scheme