Peter is a specialist clinical negligence counsel, with more than 14 years of experience in clinical negligence as a solicitor and solicitor-advocate. Called to the bar in 2018, Peter is public access accredited and authorised to conduct litigation.
During his career, Peter has successfully recovered millions of pounds in damages for claimants in clinical negligence matters. He has also been instructed on behalf of large NHS Foundation Trusts and private GPs, consultants and dentists to defend complex clinical claims.
Peter's defendant experience has included time on secondment with the NHS Litigation Authority and as Legal Services Manager at a local NHS Trust. He has provided talks and seminars on medical law and clinical negligence to nursing and medical students, GPs, senior clinicians and managers at local NHS Trusts. With a particular interest in inquests and coronial law, Peter has represented both claimant and defendant clients at complex medical inquests in Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Middlesbrough and Carlisle Coroners' Courts.
Before qualifying as a lawyer, Peter worked as a paramedic. He has delivered babies and has experience of providing advanced adult and paediatric life support in the most diverse of scenarios, including multi-vehicle road traffic accidents, industrial accidents and even murder and attempted murder scenes. Whilst working for the North East Ambulance Service, Peter received formal recognition from both doctors and Trust management for saving life.
With in-depth experience in both the claimant and defendant medical malpractice legal sector, Peter understands the needs of litigants on both sides, the importance of achieving the best commercial outcomes for clients, as well as the expectations of solicitors instructing counsel.
Areas of law
- Clinical Negligence
- Personal Injury
- Occupiers/Public Liability
- Credit Hire (Claimant & Defendant)
- RTA (With/Without Personal Injury)
Clinical Negligence & Inquests
- Accident and emergency
- Anaesthetics/anaesthetic awareness
- Bariatric surgery
- Cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Cerebral palsy
- Delayed diagnosis
- Fatal accident claims
- General practice and primary care
- Intensive care medicine
- General medicine
- Obstetrics and gynaecology
- Spinal and neuro surgery
- Urological surgery
Peter is able to advise on paper or in conference. He has experience of and can attend:
- Interim hearings
- Costs and case management conferences (CCMC)
- Pre-trial reviews
- Coroner's Court inquests
- Infant settlement approval hearings
- Adult stage 3 hearings
Peter is also able to assist in the drafting of:
- Particulars of claim and defences
- General and pre-action disclosure applications
- Case summaries
- Draft directions (clinical negligence/multi-track)
- Schedules of loss and counter-schedules
He can offer advice on:
- Liability/breach of duty and causation
- Merits and/or strategy
- Stage 3 hearings
- Disposal hearings
- Interlocutory hearings and applications
- Small claims and fast-track trials
- Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
- The Law Society
- The North of England Medico-Legal Society
- Senior Associate, Royal Society of Medicine
- Inquest Lawyers Group (ILG)
- BPP Law School (Higher Rights, Civil)
- Legal Practice Course (LPC), Commendation, Northumbria University, Newcastle
- LLB (Hons), Northumbria University, Newcastle
- Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc), Charles Sturt University, Australia
Peter is married with two teenage children. A lifelong Newcastle United fan, and registered F.A. Football Coach, Peter has, over the years, enjoyed playing, coaching and now watching his favourite sport. Peter enjoys spending time with his family, playing the guitar and trying to keep fit, with occasional gym visits, running and regular trips out along the nearby beautiful Northumberland Coastline.
Areas of Law
Peter Wade is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:
Very experienced in the areas of:
- Clinical Negligence
Experienced in the following additional areas:
- Personal Injury
- Public Access Accredited
- Credit Hire Specialists
- Road Traffic
- Credit Hire (Defendant Insurance Team)
Happy to help in the following additional areas:
- Personal Injury
Training in this area in the following additional areas:
- Court of Protection
- Personal Injury
- Family Law
- Road Traffic
Outside of these key areas of law, Peter Wade is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Peter direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.
Fees and Feedback
Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514
Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.
We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.
Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.
We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.
If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.
All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register
If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).
The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
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2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
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· Advise on the prospects of litigation;
· Advise on the value of your claim;
· Representation at a court hearing;
· Representation at trial;
· Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.
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7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.
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(i) Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;
(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;
(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;
(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;
(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;
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11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.
12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.
13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.
14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:
(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;
(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;
(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;
(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.
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18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.
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(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;
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(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.
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25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort.
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Complaints or Queries
27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: Peter.Wade@clerksroom.com, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.
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Mrs. E. Anderson Lay Client
We would just like to thank you again for your hard work in regard to my late father’s inquest last August. Myself and my family found your service impeccable and to a high professional standard. We feel as though you went above and beyond, both before and during the inquest and we felt reassured knowing you were dealing with everything at that sad time of our lives. Thank you so much!
Hilary Tavasso Lay Client
My case was handled by barrister Mr. Peter Wade. The process was very smooth, straightforward as he had a very structured and meticulous approach in preparing my case. My queries were dealt within a precise and professional manner. He is also very understanding, respectful and reassuring for a court experience which can be quite stressful. He also explained court procedures with patience and friendliness in a relaxing and calm manner. Without any hesitation, I strongly recommend Mr. Peter Wade.
Graham Proud Lay Client
The barrister your company appointed to act on my behalf Mr Peter Wade, was at all times extremely professional and thorough in dealing with all aspects of my hearing. Indeed he went through every detail of my evidence to ensure that I had a successful outcome to my case in court. Having never attended court before he made both myself and my wife comfortable and confident throughout the hearing. His dedication and time he had spent in reviewing all of the paperwork prior to the hearing, led to a swift and positive outcome, for which we are extremely grateful.
Mr. LB Lay Client
The way you’ve handled the sensitive issues surrounding my father-in-law’s death, and how we’ve been treated with genuine compassion… As for the representation at the Inquest, it would have been a whitewash without your support. It was a refreshing change to be treat by someone with such compassion, professionalism and above all, care.
Mrs. R.K Lay Client
I struggle to find the words to express my gratitude to Peter for his unwavering support and professionalism. I was kept informed and up to date every step of the way. Peter was straightforward and honest all the way through this incredibly difficult time. I cannot recommend Peter highly enough to anyone looking for a good, professional and honest solicitor.
Neil Heavisides Longden Walker & Renney Solicitors
Peter was a very popular solicitor within our team at Longden Walker & Renney Solicitors. This allied with his meticulous case work and client care led to his promotion as Director within the practice. We were sorry to see him go, but wish him every success in his new endeavours.
Mr. John-Paul Burnett Carter Burnett
In my role as Costs Draftsman I have seen a number of files from Peters case load from start to conclusion when drafting bills of costs and dealing with the assessment process. It was very apparent that Peter had exceptional file management and drafting skills. Letters of Claim were of the highest quality. Letters of instructions to experts were drafted skilfully which no doubt greatly assisted experts to focus on the complex issues to be addressed. His client care was excellent. I know of numerous instances in which Peter had to deal with very challenging Clients. Peter was always professional and dealt with clients compassionately whilst ensuring they were provided with clear advice despite the complexity of the legal and medical issues involved. Peter and I dealt with several catastrophic injury clinical negligence cases at the CCMC stage. Peter Wade would attend as advocate to deal with directions and help support any arguments in respect of proportionality to secure the best possible budget for the ongoing claim. I was always very impressed with Peters advocacy skills
Nick Chatters Proddow Mackay Solicitors
Very many thanks for all your efforts on this Peter. It’s good to know Clerksroom have someone reliable and proficient in the north-east. It’s great that you’re now around.
Mrs. S Lowe Lay Client
The tragic and unexpected loss of a dear brother, whilst in hospital engendered a need to consult a solicitor who specialised in coroners’ inquests. I was fortunate to be referred to Mr Peter Wade of Inquest Legal, whose dedicated professionalism was evident from our first meeting. Peter’s previous medical training ensured his significant understanding in his scrutiny of medical notes. He synthesised an array of information in a detailed, logical way for our benefit. Peter was always approachable and warmly supportive, showing a sympathetic awareness of our distress. I would highly recommend Peter’s expertise for any family going through the minefield of a coroner’s inquest.