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Craig Sephton QC

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Craig Sephton QC - Deans Court Chambers

Education

  • The Ecclesbourne School, Duffield
  • Lincoln College, Oxford MA (Oxon) (Jurisprudence), BCL

Appointments

  • Deputy High Court Judge Queen’s Bench Division 2010
  • Recorder 2001
  • Treasurer of the Northern Circuit
  • GMC Panel of Advocates

Professional Associations

  • Northern Circuit
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association (sometime national treasurer)
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Profile

Craig Sephton specialises in personal injury litigation, particularly catastrophic injury and disease work, representing both claimants and defendants. He has a special interest in capacity issues and he has been instructed in cases relating to testamentary capacity and the liability of local authorities to provide accommodation and care. Craig’s practice also covers a wide range of professional liability issues: in the past 3 years, he has accepted instructions in relation to claims for professional negligence against accountants, solicitors and doctors and in relation to the professional discipline of doctors and solicitors. He regularly represents the General Medical Council in proceedings in the Fitness to Practise Panel and in the Administrative Court. He has defended many prosecutions brought under health and safety legislation.

Craig Sephton acts in business and commercial litigation. In 2012 he has conducted two substantial trials concerning the sale of companies. He acted in the group action in which shareholders claimed against the directors and others that they had been misled on the flotation of Claims Direct plc. He has advised on the construction of several significant contracts. He has acted before the VAT and Duties Tribunal and the Chancery Division in a number of cases concerning indirect taxes (VAT and Landfill Tax) on behalf of the Commissioners and of the taxpayer.

Notable Cases

  • Supreme Court

    Summers v Fairclough Homes Supreme Court 2012

    Should the court have power to strike out the claim of a claimant who dishonestly exaggerates a valid case? 

    Reference [2012] 1 WLR 2004

  • Professional Negligence

    Burn and others v Ministry of Justice [2012] EWHC 876 (QB)

    Was the Ministry of Justice liable to prison officers escorting a prisoner who was released by armed associates?

  • Personal Injury (Fraud)

    Summers v Fairclough Homes [2010] EWCA Civ 1300.

    Should the court have power to strike out the claim of a claimant who dishonestly exaggerates a valid case?

    Reference [2012] 1 WLR 2004

  • Mental Health/Court of Protection

    Leeds City Council v M [2009]

    Whether the deputy of a protected person who had been the victim of traumatic brain injury was required to contribute to the maintenance of the disabled person and her child or whether the local authority had a statutory obligation to provide for the maintenance of both. Wardship proceedings.

  • Chancery and Commercial

    Re Claims Direct [2009]

    Whether shareholders were misled by the prospectus on the flotation of Claims Direct plc and whether other parties were involved in the deception. Group action.

  • Chancery

    Midlands Co-operative Society v HMRC [2008] Bus LR 1187, [2008] EWCA Civ 305.

    Was a statutory assignment under Section 51 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 sufficient to transfer a right to reclaim a repayment under section 80 of the VAT Act?

  • Personal Injury

    Taylor v Chesworth [2007] EWHC 1001 (QB)

    Can the court force periodical payments upon an unwilling claimant?

  • Mental Health/Chancery

    Cattermole v Prisk [2006] 1 FLR 697

    Whether lifetime gifts had been induced by undue influence and whether the testator had capacity to make a will

  • Tax and Commercial Law

    Collin Wood v Revenue & Customs [2006] UKVAT (Excise) E00961

    Whether certain vehicles were adapted so as to be excepted vehicles within the meaning of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979

  • Tax and Commercial Law

    Balmoral Ltd v Revenue and Customs [2005] UKVAT V19233

    Whether it was appropriate for HM Customs and Excise to seek security for tax in alleged rogue trader case.

  • Professional Discipline

    General Medical Council v Holton [2004]

    By what standard should a doctor be judged who was practising as a paediatrician with an interest in neurology but who was neither trained nor supported in this role.

  • Sports Arbitration

    Kelly Guest v Commonwealth Games Canada [2002] Tribunal Arbitral du Sport

    Whether a triathlete who had earlier tested positive for drugs could be excluded from competition at the Manchester Commonwealth Games by his national team.

  • Industrial Disease

    Griffin and others -v- Clwyd Health Authority and others [2001] EWCA Civ 818

    Whether the claimant’s date of knowledge meant that her claim for chemical intoxication was barred by the provisions of the Limitation Act 1980.

What the directories say

Noted for his expertise in professional discipline defence work, acting for a number of doctors and solicitors as part of a broader practice that also covers professional negligence defence. He is also regularly instructed by the GMC in cases brought before both the Fitness to Practise Panel and the Administrative Court. "He is an extremely bright, extremely effective and balanced advocate - he can be ferocious when he wants to be and is a very powerful presence in tribunals." "He gives no-nonsense, straightforward advice."

Chambers UK, 2017

'Highly experienced in catastrophic injury and disease cases.'

Legal 500, 2016

Takes frequent instructions in professional discipline cases concerning solicitors and doctors. He has particular experience representing the GMC in hearings before the fitness to practice panel and in the Administrative Court. "He is a no-nonsense advocate. He's always fully prepared, very astute and very incisive. He can pick up a case from other counsel in chambers at short notice and deal with it with consummate ease." "He is just fantastic as an advocate, he has a huge brain and is just first class."

Chambers UK, 2016

'He represents both claimants and defendants in disease and catastrophic injury cases'

Legal 500, 2015

Regularly prosecutes on behalf of the GMC in fitness to practise proceedings."He is very experienced in doing regulatory work and is a thorough cross-examiner."

Chambers UK, 2015

A popular choice for complex GMC cases and also regularly prosecutes and defends claims against solicitors and surveyors

Chambers UK, 2013​

Consistently excels in catastrophic injury and health and safety cases.

Chambers UK, 2009

A popular choice

Chambers UK, 2008

Best known for his work in catastrophic injury and disease cases

Chambers UK, 2007

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