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Kirsty McKinlay

Year of call 2001, Lincoln's Inn  

Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence, Court of Protection, Insurance Fraud, Personal Injury, Travel & International Personal Injury Law

Personal Injury
Insurance Fraud
Clinical Negligence
Costs Litigation
Travel Litigation


Kirsty has developed a strong practice in personal injury and clinical negligence. She undertakes advocacy and advisory work for claimants and defendants on the fast track and the multi track. Kirsty has experience in a broad spectrum of areas including clinical negligence, fatal accident claims, employers’ liability, industrial disease, road traffic accidents, tripping and slipping litigation, defective premises, travel litigation and insurance fraud.

Kirsty attends inquests in the role of advocate including those where an Article 2 wider investigation is required.

Kirsty’s clinical negligence practice has included cases involving gynaecology, ophthalmic practice, informed consent for surgery, unnecessary chemotherapy treatment, negligent prescribing, failure to monitor following epidural, failure to diagnose and delay in carrying out surgery. She is adept at dealing sensitively with clients in difficult situations and being able to explain complex issues in simple terms.

Kirsty’s insurance fraud practice involves a wide spectrum of different types of motor insurance fraud and she has experience in dealing with these matters comprehensively from the outset including advising in writing and in conference and drafting pleadings through to conducting trials and, where necessary, appeals.

Kirsty also has extensive experience of costs litigation and undertakes work for both claimants and defendants including advising in writing and in conference, attending detailed assessment hearings including at the SCCO and attending costs appeals.

Kirsty is frequently instructed in personal injury matters which have related costs issues on the basis that she can give tactical advice from the outset in respect of all issues. Kirsty is noted for her meticulous written work, detailed preparation and attention to detail. Kirsty endeavours to combine a professional attitude with a friendly and approachable style and is known for providing firm and clear advice.


Miss Kirsty McKinlay is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Kirsty can be found here.

Kirsty’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Kirsty to undertake Court work and advisory work for a brief fee plus refresher fees. For advice, paperwork and conferences, this is most commonly charged at an hourly rate although fixed brief fees are available.  Conditional Fee Agreements will be considered in cases with favourable prospects of success. Kirsty will typically return paperwork within 28 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

Clinical Negligence - Tier 1
"The attention to detail which she displays is exceptional. This is combined with a very friendly approach which is very much appreciated by Solicitors and Clients alike."

Legal 500 2021

Personal Injury - Tier 3
"She is very confident in conference and in addressing medical experts. She secures a good grasp of the case and issues in hand and manages to address these in a productive way. Her draft documents are very detailed."

Legal 500 2021

Personal Injury: Leading Junior Band 2
"Astute, practical, and thorough when providing advice."

Legal 500 2020

Clinical Negligence: Leading Junior Band 1
"Provides very thorough and sound advice."

Legal 500 2020

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – ranked Tier 1
“Very approachable, proactive, thorough and focused.”

Legal 500 2019

'A skilful cross-examiner.'

Legal 500, 2017

"She has excellent communication skills and is able to uncover the truth"

Legal 500, 2017


Personal Injury Bar Association


LL.B (Hons), University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln's Inn)

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