Vanessa McKinlay

Barrister, Gatehouse Chambers

Vanessa is an Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull and a very experienced clinical negligence barrister. Vanessa's expertise covers areas such as surgical negligence, delayed cancer of diagnosis, obstetric and midwifery care, delayed treatment of sepsis, pharmaceutical negligence, cardiac treatment and the treatment of renal conditions.

She also specialises in representing parties at inquests.

Having worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in the NHS before being called to the Bar in 2000, Vanessa brings a strong medical knowledge to her practice, enabling her to handle authoritatively the most complex medical issues. She is known for her ability to distil the essential elements of a particular case and give practical advice in understandable terms. A robust and clever negotiator, clients value Vanessa's kind and thoughtful approach to difficult and sensitive issues.


  • Mediator with Trust Mediation
  • Vanessa appointed as a trustee of the Resuscitation Council

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • AvMA
  • Bristol Medico-Legal Society
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Qualifications and awards:

  • LLB and Bar Vocational Course at the University of the West of England
  • Harmsworth Scholar Middle Temple
  • LL.M Medical Law, Cardiff University

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