Barrister Profile

William Thorpe specialises primarily in three areas: serious and catastrophic personal injury, clinical negligence and professional negligence. He approaches cases with tactical knowledge and experience, which complements his analytical ability to overcome the challenges that litigation presents. 

Personal Injury

William’s work is primarily at multi-track level. His recent personal injury caseload includes representing a tetraplegic claimant who was injured in the workplace, which settled for over £9 million. He is regularly instructed in cases with values in excess of £1 million.

Clinical Negligence

William only accepts instructions in this field from claimants. Coming from a medical background, William is empathetic with a comprehensive understanding of medicine. Recent examples of his caseload include a GP who failed to diagnose necrotising fasciitis that lead to a hind-leg amputation, and an ophthalmologist’s failure to diagnose a meningioma that lead to the development of epilepsy and a significant reduction in visual field.

Professional Negligence

The majority of William’s professional negligence cases derive from the mishandling of personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He has, however, considerable experience of dealing with claims against accountants, financial advisers and surveyors.

In addition to his main areas of work William receives and enjoys instructions on a broad range of civil disputes.

Outside chambers William is a keen jazz pianist. He also enjoys hiking, skiing and cooking.