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The specialist defendant clinical negligence practice at Kennedys is ‘exceptional and always impresses with the prompt and helpful advice it provides’. NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) nominated partner and practice head Robert Tobin and partner Amanda Mead are ‘incredibly helpful and run the Cambridge office to a very high standard’. Senior associate Camilla Long and solicitors Ross Bell and Samantha Goward garner ‘particularly high praise for the peace of mind and the personal touch they give to their clients’. Clients also recommend solicitors Laura Ringrose and Debra Sexton (a former doctor), and senior associate Margaret Duncan. The firm is the dominant defence practice in East Anglia and is the region’s only NHSLA panel firm for clinical negligence. The firm’s extensive list of recent work includes acting on behalf of an NHS trust in a case involving more than 90 adverse outcomes following treatment by a specialist consultant; and acting for the NHSLA in the defence of high-profile case for a mental health trust. A recent success at trial for Mead, Ringrose and Tobin came in Hannah Pease v Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which involved claims by a former patient diagnosed with conditions including social anxiety and autistic spectrum disorder alleging negligence in failing to diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome. The judge found no breach of duty.

A valued partner’, Mills & Reeve LLPpunches above its weight on a number of fronts; it is technically excellent but differentiates itself in its commercial understanding’. One client notes that ‘the lawyers are willing to put in the hard yards and have an exceptional bedside manner’. The medical malpractice team is led from Norwich by Stephen King, who is ‘proactive in keeping clients abreast of emerging issues; his advice is accurate and concise’. ‘Knowledgeable, approachable and empathetic’ associate Flora McCabe has ten years’ experience and ‘an understanding of the legal issues that is ahead of her peers’. Senior associate Matthew Wilson is also recommended. The firm acts for medical practitioners, insurers, regulators and corporate entities in the independent health sector. In 2016, the firm represented a GP who found herself without insurance having been on maternity leave and having neglected to renew her insurance immediately upon her return. A patient who developed a pituitary tumour alleged breach of duty when the GP failed to recommend an MRI scan. The case is set for trial this year. The team also acted for an insurer and a plastic surgeon in a claim relating to a rhinoplasty operation that required numerous revisions that the insurer declined to cover.

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