Colleen Upton

Colleen Upton

Senior Associate (Employed Barrister) Cambridge, United Kingdom

Colleen Upton is a senior associate (employed barrister) based in Kennedys’ Cambridge office. She qualified in 2006 with a BCL Hons Degree from University College Cork and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2007. In 2013, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales and joined Kennedys London, managing catastrophic injury claims. She relocated to the Cambridge healthcare team in 2016.  

Colleen represents NHS Resolution in relation to clinical negligence claims. She also represents NHS Trusts in relation to Inquests and Court of Protection matters. NHS trusts include Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

She deals with a broad range of clinical negligence claims including complex high value birth injury cases, high value cases involving neurological injuries, amputation, spinal injury and cauda equina syndrome. She regularly represents clients at mediations.

Colleen is very experienced in representing Trusts at Inquests (including mental health) and receives direct instruction from Trust clients. She also advises on Court of Protection applications.

Colleen also spent 6 years practising as a barrister in Dublin, Ireland defending catastrophic injury claims.

She has undertaken in-house secondments at NHS Resolution and regularly provides training on Inquests and procedure to Trusts, doctors and colleagues.

She supervises solicitors and a legal apprentice in the Cambridge office.

Work highlights

  • Inquest into the death of AH [2020]. Represented 2 NHS Trusts at high profile Inquest which involved death of a teenager with Anorexia Nervosa. Significant Trust support required due to volume of Trust witnesses at Inquest and media interest. Significant Regulation 28 considerations required due to 5 linked deaths in East Anglia area.
  • Court of Protection application (MR a child) [2021]. Represented NHS Trust in successfully applying to the Court of Protection for permission to provide chemotherapy to child in circumstances where parent lacked capacity.