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Timothy Ryder

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Timothy Ryder - Deans Court Chambers



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


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

Professional Associations

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association


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.

Notable Cases

  • Clinical Negligence

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

    Whooping cough litigation

  • Mental Health Review Tribunal

    Re: S-C

    Lawfulness of detention under Mental Health Act 1983

  • Chancery and Commercial

    Arthur -v- Anker

    [1996] 2 WLR 602

What the directories say

"He is good on the technical aspects of law, especially in relation to complex, life-changing injuries. He is very good with clients and is an approachable and good communicator." "Highly skilled and knowledgeable, very methodical, and his drafting is superb. He is always happy to pick up the phone and discuss cases."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

"Extremely clever and a great negotiator." "Absolutely excellent on paper."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

"An excellent, well-rounded barrister who has vast knowledge of medical issues and clinical negligence."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Experienced practitioner with an exclusive focus on claimant cases. He regularly works on infant brain injury claims, including those relating to cerebral palsy. "Tim Ryder is very good at identifying and grappling with complex medical and legal issues early on. He is very approachable and buys in to the team approach that these cases demand. He is my first choice junior in all cases."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

"He has a keen eye for detail and for getting to the key issues in what are always complex and heavyweight cases involving life-changing injury." "His written pleadings are faultless and no detail is missed. You can win a case just on his 'paperwork'." "Tim is extremely approachable and always makes himself available."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘He has expertise in clinical negligence matters.’

Legal 500, 2017

Experienced practitioner with an exclusive focus on claimant cases. He regularly works on infant brain injury cases and also handles spinal injury and misdiagnosis of cancer cases.

Chambers UK, 2017

Noted for his analytical skills in matters involving complex medical issues, which is aided by an academic background in natural sciences. Acts exclusively for claimants on cases including cerebral palsy, brain injury and catastrophic injury. "An excellent barrister with vast knowledge of medical issues."

Chambers UK, 2016

He has expertise in medically and scientifically complex matters.

Legal 500, 2015

Has an important focus on birth injury and infant brain damage cases. He is regularly instructed on claims concerning spinal injury, surgical negligence and misdiagnoses of cancer, in particular those of the breast and bladder. "He has a very good and relaxed negotiating style that can really facilitate a favourable settlement." "He is amazing with statistics and very analytical."

Chambers UK, 2015

As good as the silks in the area of clinical negligence. (Personal injury and clinical negligence).

Legal 500, 2014

Attracts praise for his sharpness of mind and straightforward, no-nonsense character.

Chambers UK, 2011

Specializes in complex surgical negligence' -

Legal 500, 2009


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