Before he came to the bar, Tagbo Ilozue worked in emergency medicine, acute medicine and a variety of surgical specialities in a number of different hospitals across the country. He gained familiarity with multiple clinical fields, treated innumerable patients and worked alongside a large number of healthcare practitioners. He thereby gained an invaluable insight into the key matters lying at the heart of clinical negligence disputes.
While working as junior doctor Tagbo achieved the rare distinction of completing the membership exams for both the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians. His experience of research in a developmental biology laboratory, while working towards his PhD, enhanced his capacity for forensic analysis and ingrained a meticulous attention to detail that has translated into his legal practice.
Tagbo acts for both claimants and defendants. His previous professional experience makes his involvement particularly helpful at a very early stage in the proceedings, to advise on whether the merits of a case are sufficient to justify the instruction of a medical expert and on the type of expert likely to be best qualified to assist the court.
Recent work includes:
- Advising the defendant on merits and quantum, and drafting the letter of response, in relation to a proposed claim for allegedly unnecessary hip revision surgery.
- Advising the defendant regarding pre-action steps, and drafting the letter of instruction for the expert on liability and causation, in a proposed claim for allegedly negligent hip replacement surgery.
- Advising the defendant in relation to pre-action steps in a proposed claim for an alleged failure to obtain informed consent prior to a haemorrhoidectomy.
- Advising the claimant on the merits of a claim for perinatal injury due to the delayed diagnosis of breech presentation.
- Advising the claimant on expert evidence in relation to a delayed diagnosis of hip dysplasia after birth.
- Advising the defendant on quantum, on the amendments that needed to be made to the expert evidence, and on settlement offers in relation to a claim arising from the peri-operative management of anticoagulation therapy.
- Advising a claimant on the merits of a claim in relation to the delayed diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy.
Tagbo welcomes instructions in all areas of medical and surgical practice.
- Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), University of Law – Distinction
- PhD, Developmental Biology, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
- Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB BChir), Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
- MA Philosophy and Psychology, Magdalen College, University of Oxford – 2:1
- Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize (for results in the BPTC) City Law School
- Winner of the City Law School Senior Moot, 2019
Professional qualifications & appointments
- BPTC, City Law School – Outstanding (7th in a year of over 400 students)
- Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)
- Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS, expired in July 2019)
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- Criminal Bar Association
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Western Circuit