Timothy Ryder

Year of Call: 1977, Middle Temple

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Timothy Ryder has a particular interest in medical and scientific issues, deriving from an academic background in Natural Sciences, and has specialised in clinical negligence work, acting exclusively for Claimants, for the last 20 years. 

He is regularly instructed by firms in the North-West and throughout the country. 

He also specialises in serious personal injury work, particularly catastrophic brain, spinal and other orthopaedic injury cases, and regularly undertakes such work for both Claimants and defendants.

Interesting, recent or current cases include;

  • Catastrophic brain injury resulting from clinical mismanagement at birth: several recent settlements at or over £5 million;
  • Acromegalic giantism resulting from non-diagnosis of pituitary tumour;
  • Cases of non-diagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancers of the blood, skin, skull base, sinuses, throat, breast, stomach, colon, kidneys, bladder, cervix, vagina and testes;
  • Mistaken diagnosis of pancreatic cancer leading to psychiatric injury;
  • Diabetic or vascular mismanagement leading to losses of limbs. Recent settlements include £1 million for an above knee amputation, and £0.5 million for a below knee amputation;
  • Mismanagement of epilepsy, resulting in brain damage: claim recently settled for £2 million;
  • Negligent surgical and gynaecological procedures leading to catastrophic bowel injuries;
  • Failure of treatment of AIDS victim;
  • Cases of substandard spinal surgery, and of failure to diagnose injury to the cauda equina resulting in major disability. Recent settlements include £0.5 million for disabling cauda equina syndrome;
  • Errors in GP management;
  • Failure to manage post-surgical infection leading to disability or death;
  • Negligent mismanagement of deep vein thrombosis, including one claim recently settled for £400,000 for post thrombotic syndrome;
  • High spinal injuries with complete tetraplegia – recent settlement in excess of £6 million.


He regularly advises and acts on a no win no fee basis.


“He’s a talented clinical negligence practitioner.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

Notable Cases

  • R -v- Legal Area Area No 8, ex p Parkinson [1990] 1 MedLR 394

    Clinical Negligence

    Whooping cough litigation

  • Re: S-C

    Mental Health Review Tribunal

    Lawfulness of detention under Mental Health Act 1983

  • Arthur -v- Anker

    Chancery and Commercial

    [1996] 2 WLR 602


  • Assistant Recorder 1997
  • Recorder 2000
  • Head of Queens Chambers, Manchester 1997-2005

Professional Associations

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association


  • Stowe School
  • Corpus Christi College, Cambridge - MA (Cantab)
  • Avory Law ScholarshipMiddle Temple
  • Astbury Scholarship