Michael de Navarro KC

Call 1968 | Silk 1990

"has a high level of experience and knowledge of the client."

Chambers UK 2024


Michael is ranked as a leading Silk over many years in Chambers UK and Legal 500.

He acts on cases involving issues arising from neonatal hypoglycaemia and PVL, prematurity and steroids, IUGR, neonatal meningitis, resuscitation and necrotising enterocolitis, neonatal and adult hydrocephalus, posterior cerebral artery compression after head injury, raised intracranial pressure after shunt revision, basiliar artery thrombosis, failure to detect exstrophic bladder on routine antenatal anomaly scan, tetraplegia following spinal scoliosis surgery, kernicterus, spinal tumour caused by spinal TB, pituitary tumour, cardiac arrest after anaesthetic, pre-eclampsia and cerebral haemorrhage, liability for suicide attempts after failure to admit patient with borderline personality disorder and history of self-harm, cerebral palsy as a result of birth asphyxia, and a number of cases of cerebral palsy with retained intellect raising limitation issues; also various points of principle re quantum, e.g. life expectancy, recoverability of investment management charges and when periodical payments are reasonably secure.

He has experience of cases involving traumatic brain and spinal injury, including road traffic, employer’s and public liability and cases under the Animals Act.

He has acted on cases involving valuers’ and solicitors’ negligence, breach of fiduciary duty by solicitor, and a dispute between PCT and nursing agency as to construction of indemnity under contract for provision of professional services.

Michael has acted on cases involving construction sites including defending designers of Severn bridge maintenance gantries, main contractors in retained façade building collapse and insurers who provided a periodic examination of window cleaning cradles.

Significant Cases

Wentworth v Wiltshire County Council [1993] QB 654

Nykredit v Edward Erdman [1997] AC 191 (one of the SAAMCO cases)

John Munroe (Acrylics) v LFCDA [1997] QB 1004

Jolley v London Borough of Sutton [2000] 1 WLR 1082

Day v Cook [2001] EWCA Civ 592

Royal Victoria Infirmary NHS Trust v B [2002] EWCA Civ 348

Wyatt v Dr Curtis and ors [2003] EWCA Civ 1779

Page v Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust [2004] EWHC 1154 (QB)

YM v Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust and ors [2006] EWHC 820 (QB)

Miller v Hayes and anor [2006] EWHC 820 (QB)

Cowley v Cheshire and Merseyside SHA [2007] EWHC 48 (QB)

Knight v East of England SHA [2008] EWHC 744 (QB)

Smith v Skanska Construction Services Ltd [2008] EWHC 1776 (QB)

Whiston v London SHA [2010] EWCA Civ 195

Notts CC v Bottomley and anor [2010] EWCA Civ 756

R v RNOH [2012] EWHC 492 (QB)

Privacy Policy

Michael de Navarro KC Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: Z472669X
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
Email: clerks@2tg.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7822 1200

The type of personal information I collect

To enable me to provide you with legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations and mediations, I currently collect and process the following personal information:

Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name, date of birth and contact details), bank and financial details, your background and circumstance and education.

Other personal data relevant to, or included in instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

Such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners. By providing such personal information to me, you automatically confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide the information set out in this Privacy Notice to those individuals. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

Where necessary, I may also need to process Special Category data about you including

  • racial or ethnic origin;
  • personal data revealing political opinions;
  • personal data revealing religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • personal data revealing trade union membership;
  • genetic data;
  • biometric data (where used for identification purposes);
  • data concerning health;
  • data concerning a person’s sex life; and
  • data concerning a person’s sexual orientation.

How I get the personal information and why I have it

Most of the personal information that I process is provided to me directly by you or via the professional you have instructed such as a solicitor or consultant or other professional adviser who instructs me on your behalf to provide legal services.

I use the information that you have given me in order to

  • provide legal services to you, my client, including the provision of legal advice and
  • representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations, and mediations
  • keep accounting records and carry out office administration
  • take or defend legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien
  • respond to potential complaints or make complaints
  • check for potential conflicts of interest in relation to future potential cases
  • promote and market my services
  • carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks
  • train other barristers and pupils, and when providing work-shadowing opportunities
  • publish legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals as required or permitted by law.

I may share this information with

  • other professional advisers such as other legal professionals and consultant experts and other witnesses
  • courts and tribunals
  • the staff in my Chambers
  • prosecution authorities
  • pupils and mini pupils
  • lay clients
  • family and associates of the person whose personal information I am processing
  • in the event of complaints, the Head of Chambers, other individuals nominated by Chambers who deal with complaints, the Bar Standards Board, and the Legal Ombudsman
  • other regulatory authorities
  • current, past or prospective employers
  • education and examining bodies
  • business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies, e.g. the Bar Council
  • professional indemnity insurers or brokers
  • the general public in relation to the publication of legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals
  • If you have engaged other professional advisers to instruct me on your behalf on the matters on which I am providing legal services to you, I shall assume that I may disclose your personal information to them unless you tell me otherwise.
  • I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by them for the purpose of any other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information.
  • I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services, where, acting in good faith, I consider it required and permitted by law.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful basis I rely on for processing this information is

  • The processing is necessary for a contract I have with you, or because you have asked me to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
  • You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting me.
  • It may be necessary for me to share your personal data to comply with legal obligations to, for example, HMRC.

How I store your personal information

Your information is securely stored in Chambers or at my home. I use reasonable technical and organisational security measures such as password protection and encryption of computer generated data and keeping paper data secure to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or destroyed, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way.

In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The data will be held in line with any regulatory obligations and generally be kept for 6 years but may be 12 years, or longer where, for example, the case includes information relating to a minor, from the date of completion of instructions. At this point any further retention will be reviewed and the data will be marked for deletion or marked for retention for a further period.

All data will be securely deleted or securely shredded after this time without reference to you. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career. However, this is likely to be limited only to your name and contact details and the name of the case. It will not include any information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

  • Your right of access – You have the right to ask me for copies of your personal information.
  • Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask me to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask me to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask me to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask me to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that I transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
  • You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, I have one month to respond to you. Please contact me at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or clerks@2tg.co.uk if you wish to make a request.

Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA. If I do transfer your personal data I will use safeguards to ensure the data is fully protected as required by the UK Data Protection Regulations.

Changes to my Privacy Policy

From time to time, I may need to make chances to my privacy policy. If so, the changes will appear on my entry on the 2TG website.


As above, I may share your personal data with Chambers who may in turn use that data to notify you by email, or post about an invitation to seminars and similar events. You may opt out of receiving any such marketing communications at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in any emails. In relation to how Chambers uses such data, please see Chambers’ privacy policy. Other than sharing personal data with Chambers as described above, I will not share your information with any other third party for marketing purposes.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about my use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to me or to my Senior Clerk, Lee Tyler at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or clerks@2tg.co.uk. You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website: https://www.ico.org.uk

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"A formidable advocate."

Chambers UK 2023

"A leader in the field of clinical negligence, personal injury and tort-related issues."

Legal 500 2023

"He is a force to be reckoned with. He is charming and easy to engage with, and witnesses and experts always warm to him."

Legal 500 2022

"Michael is very experienced, really knows the medicine inside and out and the experts have confidence in him."

Chambers UK 2022

"His experience is unparalleled."

Legal 500 2022

  • Trustee Longborough Festival Opera (2002-)
  • PIBA Chairman (1997-1999)
  • President Broadway Cricket Club (1994-)
  • Queen’s Counsel (1990)
  • Bencher Inner Temple
  • Recorder (Western Circuit)

  • President Broadway Cricket Club (since 1994)
  • Trustee Longborough Festival Opera (since 2002)

  • BA (Hons), Trinity College, Cambridge University

  • PIBA
  • Western Circuit

“Michael has a high level of experience and knowledge of the client.”
Chambers UK 2024

“Michael is a formidable advocate.” Chambers UK 2023

“Michael has an instinctive gut for the right answer or approach to any tricky question, being that he is has been a leader in the field of clinical negligence, personal injury and tort-related issues for so long.” Legal 500 2023

“Michael is very experienced, really knows the medicine inside and out and the experts have confidence in him.” Chambers UK 2022

“He is a force to be reckoned with. He is charming and easy to engage with, and witnesses and experts always warm to him.” “His experience is unparalleled.” Legal 500 2022

“A brilliant trial lawyer – he’s fantastic on his feet.” “Very analytical and he leaves no stone unturned.” Chambers UK 2021

“Tough, committed to cases, and very experienced.” Legal 500 2021

“A very senior barrister with a lot of gravitas. He’s seen and done it all and is very responsive.”
“A leader in his field who inspires confidence in his clients.” Chambers UK 2020

“A major force in clinical negligence.” Legal 500 2020

“He gets straight to the nub of a problem and is excellent on his feet.”
“Highly experienced and an extremely effective advocate.” Chambers UK 2019

“Extremely experienced and very resolute. A real heavyweight.”
“Very sharp and very switched on.” Chambers UK 2018

“He has gravitas and a great legal brain.” Chambers UK 2017

“A true force to be reckoned with.” Legal 500 2017

“He is masterful on his feet when addressing the court. His command of papers and the law is superb.” “He has enormous gravitas and a sharp legal brain.” Chambers UK 2016

“…ferocious in cross-examination.” Legal 500 2016

“He understands the medical issues on liability and he gets to the heart of the matter quickly, no matter how complex the issue.” “He is a go-to barrister for multi-million-pound claims – particularly brain damage cases.” Chambers UK 2015

“He is an excellent advocate and it is reassuring to know he is on your side.” Legal 500 2015

The “superb” Michael de Navarro QC is hugely in demand as he offers “brave, robust advice” and is “great in trial.” Both claimant and defendant solicitors seek his counsel on cases involving maximum severity brain and spinal injuries. Chambers UK 2013

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