"He has a very no-nonsense approach and is taken very seriously by his opponents."

Raymond Machell QC

Call: 1973 | Silk: 1988

Email: Raymond.Machell@byromstreet.com


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Chambers & Partners 2017 (Clin Neg)

"Has a broad personal injury practice that often crosses over into the clinical negligence sphere. Has acted in several large cerebral palsy cases with large periodical payment orders."

Practice Specialisms

Personal Injury (especially spinal and head injuries)
Clinical Negligence
Medical Law
Professional Liability (especially solicitors)
Insurance Litigation


Deputy High Court Judge
Chairman of P.I.B.A (2002 - 2004)
Former Member of the editorial team for Kemp & Kemp
Referee pursuant to Customs and Excise Management Act 1979
Former member of the Master of the Rolls Working Party on Structured Settlements.

Directory Comments

Has a broad personal injury practice that often crosses over into the clinical negligence sphere. Has acted in several large cerebral palsy cases with large periodical payment orders.


Strengths: "He has meticulous preparation."
Chambers & Partners 2017 (Clin Neg)


A formidable advocate who acts in multimillion-pound cases involving injuries of maximum severity and complexity. He maintains a stellar reputation for his claimant work while also regularly representing defendants in high-value cases.

Strengths: "If I had a seriously tricky liability or causation matter I would go to him. He has a very no-nonsense approach and is taken very seriously by his opponents." "A QC of unrivalled excellence. His attention to detail is exceptional and he keeps the whole legal team on their toes."

Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Wilshaw v Viridor Waste Management, a catastrophic injury claim arising out of an RTA.
Chambers & Partners 2017 (PI)


Possesses extensive expertise in catastrophic injury cases and is frequently instructed on behalf of claimants and defendants in high-value claims. Sources favourably regard his positive approach to extremely complex cases.

Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant on cross examination. He has a massive intellect, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case. He's also very good with the clients."


Recent work: Handled a cerebral palsy case, resulting from chronic hypoxic ischaemia, the central issue of which concerned whether this occurred intrapartum or in the late antenatal period
Chambers & Partners 2016 (Clin Neg)


He is regularly instructed in high-value and complex cases stemming from brain and spinal injuries. He is highly esteemed by instructing solicitors and opponents alike for his experience and superb advice.

Strengths: "He has unparalleled attention to detail and a sensible, pragmatic approach." "Negotiating with him is a pleasure."
Chambers & Partners 2016 (PI)

‘A brilliant advocate, who is a joy to watch in court.’
Legal 500 2016



“His gravitas is immense; he strikes fear into his opponents.”
Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015



“A veteran silk whose considerable clinical negligence expertise makes him a top choice for cases concerning catastrophic injuries and high-value claims.

Expertise: "He's an intimidating advocate who puts his huge brain to good use - his attention to detail is second to none."

Recent work: He was instructed on a complex cerebral palsy case where the individual concerned had the most severe manifestations of the condition, including epilepsy, visual impairment and profound learning difficulties. ”
Chambers and Partners 2015 – Clinical Negligence



“Recognised for his proficiency in catastrophic personal injury cases, particularly those involving brain injury. He is instructed by both defendants and claimants.

Expertise: "You know you're in safe hands because he will leave no stone unturned and will spot the tiniest detail in papers - he can add value just from being so thorough." "He dispenses wise and shrewd advice." ”
Chambers and Partners 2015 – Personal Injury



“Huge gravitas.”
Legal 500 2014



“Acclaimed for his depth of clinical negligence expertise. Instructing solicitors value his mastery of detail and regard him as an ideal choice for catastrophic injury cases.


Expertise: "He is a fine cross-examiner with a ferocious intellect."


Recent work: He acted in a multimillion-pound cerebral palsy case. ”
Chambers and Partners 2014 – Clinical Negligence



“Particularly highly regarded for his ability with cases relating to catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, in which he acts for both claimant and defendant solicitors.


Expertise: "He has a great eye for detail and he's a very good negotiator - very well respected and tenacious." "He's an outstanding analyst.”
Chambers and Partners 2014 – Personal Injury



“Is a formidable advocate who has a buoyant practice focused predominantly on handling catastrophic injury claims. ”
Chambers and Partners 2013 – Clinical Negligence



“Is "a big beast of the legal jungle" who is acknowledged by his rivals as "a truly formidable opponent." He "has a wealth of experience, and a total grasp of any case or solution presented to him." Commentators note that public liability work remains an area of particular strength for him. "

Chambers and Partners 2013 – Personal Injury



“Within Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Byrom Street star silks include Raymond Machell QC "
Legal 500 2013



“Is ‘meticulous’, ”
Legal 500 2012



“Claimants and defendants both compete to secure the services of the ‘brilliant and hugely respected’ Ray Machell QC, who is much admired for his ‘superb judgment.’ With his meticulous preparation, analysis and argument, Machell ‘frightens the life out of opponents" and gets ‘superb results for his clients.’ He is especially sought after in public liability cases. ”
Chambers & Partners 2012 – Personal Injury



“Raymond Machell QC is renowned for his diligent and sensible approach, and is particularly known for his catastrophic injury work. He recently acted in a cerebral palsy case that resulted in a settlement in the region of £7 million. Sources describe him as a ‘highly skilled and always extremely fair opponent.’”
Chambers & Partners 2012 – Clinical Negligence



““Raymond Machell QC will ‘spot an “uncrossed T’ a mile off’, has ‘impeccable judgment and is unrivalled in his meticulous preparation’.”

Legal 500 2011 – Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence



“Head of Chambers Raymond Machell QC is praised for his ‘amenable, accessible’ approach and is said to be ‘good at dealing with high-value cases in a constructive, creative way.’ Solicitors rate him highly, …”
Chambers and Partners 2011 – Personal Injury



“… Raymond Machell QC, a strong operator who is meticulous in his preparation and good on his feet, …”

Chambers and Partners 2011 – Clinical Negligence



“Raymond Machell QC “stands head and shoulders above many of his contemporaries”.”
Legal 500 2010 – Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence



“Raymond Machell QC is similarly well regarded, presenting as "an impressive negotiator with unrivalled gravitas.”
Chambers and Partners 2010 – Personal Injury