Robert Glancy QC focuses exclusively on Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence and Professional Negligence. He has been in practice for over 40 years, including over 20 years as a Silk. Throughout his career, Robert has gained extensive experience in acting mainly for claimants who have suffered catastrophic brain and spinal injury. He has particular expertise in acting for cerebral palsied children. Robert regularly successfully settles claims winning millions of pounds of compensation for injured people and their families.
Recognised in the legal directories for his formidable skills as an advocate, Robert is also a CEDR accredited mediator and has considerable experience of mediation and ADR in substantial personal injury cases. He is also an arbitrator for PIcARBS, the Personal Injury claims Arbitration Service.
"Clearly an advocate of the highest order, and he is someone that has been involved in many of the important cases in this area." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2022.
"He is an exceptional advocate and negotiator." - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2022.
Masterful advocate and vastly experienced personal injury specialist. His caseload is full of claimant instructions for the most life-changing brain and spinal injury cases. He is also an arbitrator for the Personal Injury Claims Arbitration Service. Many of his cases relate to RTAs and workplace accidents. "He is absolutely excellent: highly skilled, knowledgeable and very on top of advancements in brain injury. His written work is also exceptionally detailed." - Personal Injury, Chambers UK Bar 2021.
Has amassed a wealth of knowledge over a lengthy career spanning more than 40 years. He generally acts for claimants in cases relating to catastrophic spinal and brain injury. He is praised for the portfolio of high-value wins he has attained for his clients. In addition to handling litigation he is experienced in ADR methods. "Excellent both on his feet and on paper." "He has superb analytical skills and is a tough negotiator. He also has great attention to detail and is very thorough." - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2021.
"Brilliant to have on board when the going gets tough." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2021
“A phenomenally bright trial advocate who is a pleasure to work with on all birth injury cases.” - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2021
"An exceptional advocate who has a wealth of knowledge. He's also very strong in negotiations and has a very good way of dealing with clients and their complex needs and situations." - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2020
‘He has great eye for detail and brilliant client care skills.’ - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020
"A very experienced leader who has seen and done it all in this area of law." "He's very analytical, good on complex quantum issues and very good with families. He is a real people person." - Personal Injury, Chambers UK Bar 2020
‘A silk that is head and shoulders above the rest in respect of technical legal issues.’ - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020
"A powerhouse of the claimant Bar. He's an empathetic and sympathetic barrister." "Nothing fazes him, and he's utterly brilliant at getting points across." - Personal Injury, Chambers UK Bar 2019
"A very experienced silk who is always very well prepared." "Extremely knowledgeable, very attentive to detail and a pleasure to work with." Acted for the widow of a man who died aged 54 after his cancer went undiagnosed. - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2019
‘Quite simply one of the finest counsel in the field.’ - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019
‘He is a phenomenal trial lawyer, both in terms of his high-skilled cross-examination and his relationship with judges.’ - Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud, Legal 500 2019
"Hugely experienced and very clever." "His knowledge and experience in catastrophic cases is second to none." - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2018
"Tremendous trial advocate who is vastly experienced." "Enormously authoritative in conference and in court. Very easy to work with." Obtained a multimillion-pound care and rehabilitation package for a boy who developed cerebral palsy due to the injury he sustained at birth.' - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2018
"He has huge experience in claims of the utmost severity." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017
"A superb trial lawyer, who is unflappable in court" - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017
"He's awesome. As a court advocate he is phenomenal, a real tour de force." "He's brilliant with clients, they love him." He is one of the first arbitrators for the recently established Personal Injury claims Arbitration Service. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2017
"He's really brilliant and always wants to get the best for the client." Represented a claimant against Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. The case concerned a barrister whose career was reduced by ten years following negligent medical treatment received when undergoing appendix surgery. - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2017
"He has an ability to explain complex medical and legal issues simply and concisely" Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016
"He is a calm and fearless advocate, achieving impressive results for his clients." Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016
Instructed by claimant solicitors with respect to clinical negligence claims of the utmost severity and value, including those concerning injuries to the brain and spine. “He is clever, knowledgeable and a great advocate. As a bonus he is also very user-friendly.” “His fantastic advocacy and willingness to fight provide absolute security when he’s on board." Brought a claim against Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, in connection with a child who developed cerebral palsy due to alleged negligence at birth. He obtained £7 million in damages. - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2016
Highly recommended as a specialist multi-track practitioner whose expertise is sought in cases of the highest value. He covers the full range of personal injury work, with commentators particularly highlighting his success on behalf of brain-damaged claimants. "He is really good with clients, he always establishes a rapport. He is just a really nice guy - as well as being exceptional at his job." "You know that when you're with him in a JSM, you couldn't get a better deal than the one you've achieved." Acted in West v MA Clay, where the claimant was involved in an RTA and suffered spinal and brain injuries. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2016
"He demonstrates meticulous attention to detail, and his client care skills are second to none." - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015
"His understanding of highly complex and technical matters is second to none." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
A highly respected silk with a top-level clinical negligence practice developed over 40 years at the Bar. He is regularly instructed on cases of high complexity and value, and is best known for representing claimants who have suffered catastrophic brain and spinal injury. He also has significant experience of acting for children with cerebral palsy. Expertise: "Robert is a fund of knowledge and experience." "A first choice for the more difficult cases, he brings a wealth of experience and is prepared to fight." Recent work: Acted for a claimant who brought a case following complications during the birth of a premature twin. - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2015
Has formidable expertise and handles a range of accident claims relating to severe head, back and other near-fatal injuries. He also regularly acts on CICA claims and has been instrumental in the acquisition of damages for tunnel miners. "His knowledge of the law is superb and he is particularly good at advocacy in the Court of Appeal." "He is modest and very cool under pressure." Acted in a complex CICA claim that had arisen from a collision between a lorry and another vehicle that caused a fatality. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2015
"Prepares cases really well so they stand the best possible chance of success" - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014
"A wealth of knowledge, which puts clients at ease and opponents at edge" - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014
An esteemed silk who acts primarily for claimants who have suffered from catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, particularly children with cerebral palsy. "He is a silk of the highest order. Whether it’s liability or quantum issues that he is dealing with, he is always on top of the case. His fantastic advocacy and willingness to fight provide absolute security when he is on board" Assisted a claimant with complicated assessment of damages for cerebral palsy claim where liability was never disputed. The settlement value as a lump sum equivalent was over £11 million. - Chambers UK 2014
A seasoned expert in clinical and professional negligence claims, who handles a wide range of cases but is particularly strong on cerebral palsy claims. He recently obtained a multimillion-pound settlement for a claimant whose spinal cord was severed by a neurosurgeon. - Chambers UK 2013
Robert Glancy QC's practice is concentrated on clinical negligence and personal injury cases. He typically, although not exclusively, represents claimants, and is highly regarded for his considerable expertise in catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases. Commentators note that "there is unlikely to be a more experienced personal injury counsel at the Bar - he has an enormous amount of courtroom experience and is not fazed by high-level settlements." - Chambers UK 2013
Another impressive silk. Solicitors “reserve him for the biggest things” since “he can quickly master the most complex of briefs” and “manage clients in a sensitive manner”. He is also a first-class advocate and a “ruthless cross-examiner”. - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2012
Clients praise the knowledge, experience and long track record of eminent silk Robert Glancy QC. Catastrophic, workplace stress and sports injury cases lie at the heart of his strong personal injury and clinical negligence practice, and he recently concluded the severe brain injury case of Wood v Hatch. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2012
Has ‘a fantastic mind’ and is commended for his ability in handling complex medical issues. - Clinical Negligence and Healthcare, Legal 500 2011
Rated for his “outstanding advice”, and “formidable advocate.” - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2011
A very experienced practitioner known best for his work in complex cerebral palsy cases. He approaches his cases in a “relaxed, understated manner eschewing flamboyance for sound analysis”. His “clear insight into what the court wants” allows him to get results on a regular basis. - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2011
“Fantastic on his feet”; “sharp as a tack” and a “real battler”. He has “tremendous client handling skills” and is “a joy to work with”. - Clinical Negligence and Healthcare, Legal 500 2010
“One of the most experienced personal injury counsel at the Bar.” - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2010
“He is very personable and a pleasure to work with” and “pays great attention to detail and fights hard on the client’s behalf”. - Clinical Negligence, Chambers UK 2009
The “superb” Robert Glancy QC displays “impeccable attention to detail.” - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2009
“Unflappable and absolutely top drawer - the complete package.” - Clinical Negligence and Healthcare, Legal 500 2009
“A superb advocate on the top of his game.” - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2009
Robert specialises in all aspects of Personal Injury. He is involved in numerous personal injury cases for brain damaged and paralysed Claimants. These include a claim for a male tetraplegic in his 30s which settled for over £7m. At the time, this was the largest personal injury claim against the Government ever. He settled a claim for over £5m for an infant tetraplegic. Robert fought a long trial for a Claimant in a fatal accident matter involving safety on a motor racing circuit. He has been involved in a trial which established important principles for the assessment of damages in the case of Tunnel Miners. He acted for a 17 year old tetraplegic which settled for several £million.
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Robert is well regarded for his work across a broad range of cases involving Employer Liability. This includes cases involving factories, schools, offices and tunnel miners.
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Robert is a highly experienced Silk who specialises in all aspects of Clinical Negligence and Professional Negligence. Most of Robert’s cases have been for Claimants and they generally involve cerebral palsied children or catastrophic injuries.
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In April 2020, Robert Glancy QC was appointed to the Disciplinary Panel of the inaugural Premier League Judicial Panel. The panel was created to allow for independent adjudication on disciplinary cases referred by the Premier League Board, and to resolve disputes between Clubs and Managers.
Robert has dealt with a variety of further disputes in a football context and has been a party-appointed arbitrator under Rule K of the Rules of the Football Association.
2020 - Appointed to the Premier League Judicial Panel
2015 - Joined PIcARBS as arbitrator
2010 - A President, First Tier Tribunal Health and Safety Committee (Mental Health) for restricted cases
2008 - Appointed CEDR accredited mediator
1999 - Recorder
1999 - A President, Mental Health Review Tribunal
1997 - Appointed Silk
1993-1999 - Assistant Recorder
St John’s College, Cambridge University (MA)
Manchester Grammar School