Alan Barker

Called 2009

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Areas of Expertise
Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Insurance Law
Contractual Disputes & Debt Recovery
Inquests & Inquiries 
Housing/Landlord & Tenant
Criminal Defence

Current Commitments
Infected Blood Inquiry
Instructed by In-FACT – The Independent Fetal Anti Convulsant Trust

Experience & Background
Alan enjoys a busy common law practice with a particular focus on civil litigation concerning personal injury, clinical negligence and insurance disputes, whilst maintaining his long-standing interest in social justice issues.

In his civil practice, Alan regularly represents both claimants and defendants in a wide range of proceedings in the County Court and High Court. He provides written advice on liability, evidence and quantum as required and is often instructed to draft letters of claim, pleadings, Part 35 questions to experts, Part 18 questions to parties, applications and submissions on costs.  Alan has extensive advocacy experience in Fast Track and Multi Track matters where he has gained particular expertise in cases concerning allegations of fraud and issues of fundamental dishonesty arising from alleged false and/or exaggerated injury claims on behalf of both Claimants and Insurers.

Over the past few years Alan has increasingly undertaken work in matters of significant public interest, including public inquiries and inquests. He has represented the interests of victims and families seeking the truth and accountability in response to deaths following tragic events such as fatal accidents and medical negligence.

Following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower on 14th June 2017, Alan advised a number of families directly affected by the tragedy and helped over 50 individuals to secure core participant status in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Alan also assisted with the drafting of submissions to the Chair of the Inquiry on the scope and structure of the Inquiry and disclosure required in an effort to ensure that the Inquiry was fit for purpose when it began and will hold all those ultimately responsible to account in due course.

In the Infected Blood Inquiry, Alan is currently instructed with Sam Stein QC by Milners Solicitors on behalf of Core Participants and a witness from the infected and affected haemophilia community. The Inquiry shall examine “the worst medical treatment disaster in the history of the NHS” during which thousands of men, women and children were infected with blood-borne viruses including HIV and Hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s. The Inquiry, which is being chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff, began hearing oral evidence in April 2019 and is expected to take more than two years to complete.

Alan was also instructed to represent a Core Participant within the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and its investigation into Accountability and Reparations for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Following that investigation, which closely examined both historic and current working practice and experiences of victims within the civil and criminal justice systems, IICSA published its Report in September 2019 and made a series of recommendations for change to the approach to signposting, compensation, limitation, apologies, acknowledgement, redress and support.

Alan continues to provide assistance and advice to In-FACT (The Independent Fetal Anti Convulsant Trust), having drafted submissions to the Government alongside Michael Mansfield QC setting out the appropriate response to the failure to protect NHS patients prescribed the anti-convulsant drug Sodium Valproate and the urgent measures required to provide relief and assistance to all those who have been harmed by Sodium Valproate and affected by Fetal Valproate Syndrome. Those submissions, which called for a public apology from the Government together with the establishment of care plan and redress schemes, were forwarded for the consideration of The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE DL, which examined the circumstances and avoidable harm caused to NHS patients as a result of three public health scandals: Pelvic Mesh, the epilepsy drug Sodium Valproate and the hormone-based pregnancy test Primodos. Aptly titled “First Do No Harm”, the Review’s Report published on 8th July 2020 set out nine major recommendations to bring overdue and desperately needed help and support to the many victims and families who have avoidably suffered as a result of these clinical interventions, and to reduce the risk of avoidable harm from medicines and medical devices in the future.

Having initially begun his career at the Bar as a criminal practitioner, Alan also has broad experience in criminal defence work and continues to accept instructions in this area when possible. He has been instructed in a range of serious and complex cases concerning violent, dishonesty, drugs and road traffic offences.

He is known for his thorough preparation, strategic approach and meticulous attention to detail, which enables him to identify and take command of complex and delicate issues at an early stage and ensure that he ultimately achieves the best results possible for his clients in cases in which he is instructed.

Interests
Away from Chambers Alan is an enthusiastic sportsman and particularly enjoys running and both playing and watching football on a regular basis. Alan also enjoys travelling whenever possible, listening to a variety of music and has a keen interest in books, films and television productions about the mafia and organised crime syndicates across the world.

Education & Qualifications
Law LL.B, University of Durham
Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School
Direct Access Registered
Litigation Accredited

Professional Memberships
Middle Temple
Personal Injuries Bar Association

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