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David Harris

David Harris


David Harris, is one of the top medical negligence* solicitors in the country, with both national and international experience. David is a leading authority in this specialised area with over 25 years’ experience.

Professional Experience

David represents clients in all medical negligence claims.

He has successfully represented clients, in a wide variety of complex medical negligence claims including several birth injury/cerebral palsy actions, surgical mismanagement claims (including orthopaedic and cosmetic surgery), actions concerning the delayed diagnosis of tumours, carcinomas and myeloma and the adverse effects of inappropriately prescribed drugs.

David’s dedication to his clients comes from a strong loyalty to prove they are victims of medical negligence and to help bring some relief to them.

His extensive knowledge, specialised skills and fierce commitment to the interests of his clients ensures that very favourable outcomes are consistently achieved.

David works with a team of highly trained medical experts to assess each matter, obtaining the best professional advice for his clients. He works closely with clients throughout the course of a case, continually advising clients at each stage of the matter as it progresses.

David joined the Ivor Fitzpatrick & Company solicitors after his relocation to Ireland in 2007, bringing a diverse and unrivalled knowledge of medical negligence claims. David became Partner in 2012 and has been instrumental building the leading medical negligence practice of the firm.

Prior to relocating to Ireland, David worked in both Australia and the UK specialising in medical negligence.

In Australia, David worked as a senior solicitor in the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office where he advised and conducted prosecutions for government bodies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health (Medical Complaints Unit Branch), the Commissioner of Police and the State Coroner’s Office.  He provided detailed advice in relation to the statutory powers and the establishment of fair procedures in investigations and in hearings before quasi-judicial tribunals.

In London, he continued his medical negligence expertise, providing legal services to the National Health Service Litigation Authority, advising public bodies and institutions in civil claims, coronial inquiries, in the conduct of disciplinary procedures/hearings and in regulatory proceedings before specialist tribunals.

Reported Cases & Recent Papers

  • 2009 HSE –v- Dykes and Gallahue [2009] IEHC 540
  • 2008 Grant –v- Roche Products (Ireland) Ltd & Ors [2008] IESC 35
  • 2001 Borges –v- GMC [2001] UKPC 39
  • 1998 Zaidi –v- Health Care Complaints Commission [1998] 44 NSWLR 82
  • 1997 Health Care Complaints Commission v Litchfield [1997] 41 NSWLR 630


  • Roll of Solicitors in Ireland, 2006
  • High Court of England and Wales, 2000
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales & High Court of Australia, 1987
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