Chris Gawne

Chris Gawne

07875 212532

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.

Working closely with Mark Slater, Chris holds a key role running the team; he is responsible for all operational matters, and for the assessment of new enquiries. Chris is experienced in all types of Clinical Negligence claims but is a particular specialist in those cases which arise from the results of surgery, and from deaths in hospital, acting as lead partner on much of these cases. A member of the Law Society panel of specialist Clinical Negligence solicitors, Chris is a much sought-after expert in complex and challenging cases, including:

• 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

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

Previously named “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times and “Lawyer in the News” in the Law Society Gazette, Chris is one of the most respected Clinical Negligence specialist lawyers in the UK.

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