Lisa Henderson KC FCIArb

Year of Call: 1995
Silk: 2016

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Lisa Henderson QC is a highly impressive silk with a fantastic track record of taking on clinical negligence instructions of the utmost severity.

Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners

Lisa Henderson KC called to the Scottish Bar in 1995. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in September 2016. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2019 and is a tenant at 42 Bedford Row, London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Ambassador for the Scottish Arbitration Centre.

Lisa specialises in the most serious clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. She has considerable experience in claims involving cerebral palsy, amputation, complex brain and spinal. She has acted in numerous multi-million-pound settlements.

Lisa is ranked Band 1 in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar for both clinical negligence and personal injury:
“…she has an aptitude for handling cases with complex quantum and causation issues arising from brain and birth injuries”

“Lisa is rigorous, thorough and a really hard worker.” “She is a good advocate and very experienced in clinical negligence.”

The Legal 500 lists her in personal injury and medical negligence saying: “She is extremely hardworking, with extensive experience in high-value personal injury cases.”

Lisa was the author of  the personal injury elective for Edinburgh University’s Diploma in Legal Practice and former lead tutor. [2011 and 2017] She is a former honorary senior lecturer at Glasgow University School of Medicine [2012- 2018] and was a visiting lecturer at Pavia University, Italy. [2014 and 2015]. She has also taught at Aberdeen University School of Law. She is regularly invited to chair or present at conferences. She teaches advocacy skills on a regular basis. She is an advocacy skills instructor on the Faculty of Advocates devils [pupils] training programme.

Criminal injuries compensation

In January 2013 Lisa acted as junior counsel in a CICA claim for the child of a claimant with cerebral palsy in which the Authority made an award of £7.9 million.

Personal Injury (including Clinical Negligence)

Moore v Campbell [September 2017] [Ex tempore judgment of Lord Woolman in the Court of Session] Senior counsel for the pursuer. RTA in which there was head on collision on the wrong side of the road in which the defence claimed that oil on the road had caused loss of control. Successful outcome for the pursuer.

KR v Lanarkshire Health Board [2016] CSOH 133 Junior counsel: Clinical negligence. Cerebral palsy.
Pursuer successful on the merits in relation to Montgomery argument [case currently being reclaimed]

CD v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] CSOH 142 Clinical negligence. Brachial plexus injury.
The pursuer was successful in proving negligence. The defenders reclaimed. Unsuccessful reclaiming motion by the defenders heard on 16th and 17th March 2017 –

Robin Donald and others v Ayrshire and Arran Health Board and others, [2013] CSOH 23 Clinical negligence.
Pursuer’s wife died of DVT. Successful outcome for pursuers.

D’s Parent and Guardian v Greater Glasgow Health Board, 2011 SLT 1137 Clinical negligence.
Commented on with approval in Helmot v Simon 2012 UKPC 5. Junior counsel for pursuer. Child suffered severe spinal injury at birth and was rendered tetraplegic, cognitively impaired and ventilator dependent. He required 24 hour waking care at home. Liability admitted. Structured settlement. Periodic payment order approved by Court.

Robert Phipps v The Royal College of Surgeons [2010] CSOH 58 Misfeasance in public office.
Junior counsel for the pursuer

Veronica Dineley v Lothian Health Board, [2007] CSOH 154 Clinical negligence.
Cerebral palsy. Whether use of Keillands forceps negligent in the circumstances. Junior counsel for pursuer

Taylor v Sands [2006] CSOH 186
Interim damages and residential accommodation

George Smillie v Lothian and Borders Police Board, [2005] CSOH 140 
Judicial review of refusal by medical referee to include an injury award in the petitioner’s police pension

Morrison v Safeway Stores, [1999] CSOH 15 January Employer’s liability
whether repetitive kneeling whilst stacking shelves caused injury to pursuer’s knee.

Fallan v Lanarkshire Health Board, 1997 SLT 902
Employers liability- low mechanical back pain caused by manual handling of laundry

Significant Cases Resolved In Negotiation At Ptm Or Joint Consultation

In personal injury, a very high percentage of cases settle out of court. In respect of pursuers, these cases regularly involve children or incapax adults. The details of these cases are confidential. It would not be appropriate to list the names of the cases in this document which is available for download.

Practice Areas

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Alan Moffat

Advocates' Clerk

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Jennifer Dunn

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

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Sheena Hume

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

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Shawn McArthur

Deputy Advocates' Clerk


Kathryn Ferguson

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

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Emma Busby

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

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  • Called to Bar of England and Wales – July 2019
  • Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – January 2019
  • Admitted to Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, University of Aberdeen – August 2017
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel – September 2016
  • Admitted to Faculty of Advocates – July 1995
  • Devilling – October 1994 – July 1995
  • Qualified solicitor, John G Gray & Co, Edinburgh – September – 1993 – September 1994
  • Trainee solicitor, John G Gray & Co, Edinburgh September – 1991 – 1993
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Aberdeen University – 1990-1991
  • LLB Aberdeen University – 1987 – 1990

Member of the Faculty of Advocates’ Dispute Resolution Committee

Chair of the British American Project UK executive committee – 2020 to date

Member of the Faculty of Advocates’ Disciplinary Rules Investigating Committee – January 2017 to date

Member of the Faculty of Advocates’ International Committee – January 2017 to date

Appointed Queen’s Counsel – September 2016

Visiting lecturer Pavia University, Italy – 2014 and 2015

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Glasgow University School of Medicine – 2012 to 2017

Author of Edinburgh University Law School, Diploma in Legal Practice personal injury elective – 2011 to 2017

Lead tutor, Edinburgh University Law School, Diploma in Legal Practice Personal Injury Elective – 2011 to 2017

Member of the Faculty of Advocates’ Deans Council – 1997 to 2002

Court And Tribunal Experience

Lisa has extensive advocacy experience including Inner and Outer House experience in a wide range of cases including proofs, jury trials and procedure rolls. She also has experience of appearing in the Royal Courts of Justice. She has previously appeared in the High Court for both the Crown and the Defence. She has appeared at fatal accident inquiries and in Criminal Injury Compensation claims and has recent experience in a Public Inquiry and arbitration.