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BLM’s team has ‘extensive experience of healthcare matters across the board, which allows them to see things from all angles’. The ‘friendly, insightful and pragmatic Sarah Woodwark is ‘great to work with’, and Lisa Nabou is an ‘incredibly safe pair of hands’. Also recommended are Chris Dexter, who has a ‘forensic approach’; Nigel Wood, who is ‘very thorough and tactically excellent’; and Claire Fitzgerald, who is ‘an up-and-coming lawyer who is one to watch for the future’. The group regularly advises on high-value cases brought against healthcare professionals, with expertise in delayed diagnosis, surgical claims (especially neurosurgery), wrongful birth and brain injury claims, in addition to claims brought under the Human Rights Act.

Practice head Simon Wortley is a key contact at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which handles a large volume of the NHS Litigation Authority’s portfolio and is adept at dealing with group actions that arise as a result of the work of individual surgeons in the field of cosmetic surgery and orthopaedics. It is currently dealing with orthopaedic product liability claims arising from the use of components in the NHS. In addition, the skilled team acts for a large share of the private sector market, with clients including the Medical Defence Union, Spire, Bupa and Nuffield. In a major matter the group successfully defended BMI Healthcare in a two-week liability-only trial.

Hempsons fields ‘experienced, knowledgeable and high-quality practitioners; there is real strength in depth in the team’. The ‘unflappableAnne Ball is an ‘excellent strategic thinker’ and the ‘vastly experiencedKirsten Blohm is a ‘shrewd tactician’. Simeon Bower is an ‘excellent litigator whose quiet and calm approach is underpinned by great skill and a strong nerve’. At a more junior level associate Jayne Popplewell is ‘already a very strong litigator’ and solicitor Belinda Goodwin is ‘very impressive’. The team is well equipped to handle the full range of clinical negligence matters with key expertise in sectors such as complex, high-value and sensitive matters in addition to multi-party actions. The team defended seven trials at first instance and at the appellate courts in 2016. It also has considerable skill in advising on periodical payments and acts for clients such as the NHSLA, the MDU and a large number of trusts in addition to commercial medical practice insurers. Other named clients include Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘knowledge of the healthcare industry is exemplary; the scope of knowledge across the teams and within the teams is amazing and this knowledge is seamlessly provided to the client’. Andrew Craggs (a ‘robust and able litigator’) and the ‘meticulousRichard Watson are both ‘enormously experienced and swift off the mark to ensure that clients get the right help as quickly as possible’. Philip Bradbury, Jonathan Heap, Andrew Leslie and Mike McKenna are all ‘thorough; clients always feel in safe hands with them’. Other members of the large team include the ‘very practical and level-headedIan Gardiner, who ‘can be relied upon to keep the head in the most emotive situations’ and the ‘fearlessDavid Locke, who excels at health-sector group litigation. Legal Director Joanne Hughes is a ‘rocket, with impressive brainpower and the energy to match; she has a confident and robust approach to the high-value caseloads that she handles’. Clients include the NHS Litigation Authority, Virgin Care, the Care Quality Commission and new client the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Weightmans LLP is ‘excellent across the board’. The ‘excellent’ Vicky Morris is one of the client partners for the NHS Litigation Authority and specialises in complex or unusual clinical negligence claims; Richard Jolly is also a nominated partner for the NHSLA. He handles high-value clinical negligence claims and advises trusts on a whole range of legal issues from corporate governance, policies and procedures to human rights issues. Other major clients include Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trusts, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Public Health England.

Browne Jacobson LLP fields a ‘superb team whose client care is second to none; it is supportive throughout of the defendant and very aware of the great strain that litigation puts on them’. The ‘tenacious and considerateAmanda Callaghan is at the ‘forefront of client care and defendant medicolegal work’, and Dr. Andrew Peel has a ‘high profile in this area; he is utterly dedicated, goes that extra mile, and draws on his own experience as a former qualified doctor to great effect’. Associate Heather Caddy has ‘excellent judgement and a no-nonsense approach when giving advice’, and solicitor Louise Jackson is ‘passionate and formidable when fighting a case’. The ten-strong team acts for clients such as HCA International, the Medical Protection Society, NHS Resolution, BMI, Stockport Acute NHS Foundation Trust and private clinicians and clinics such as the Priory Group. It also has considerable healthcare inquest expertise.

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