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Led by David Mortimer, Blake Morgan LLP represents the Medical Protection Society in the defence of clinical negligence claims brought against its members. Although the firm has wide-ranging expertise, it has a particular niche acting for doctors sued in their role as experts in personal injury claims, and defends claims brought against health boards in Wales when the in-house NHS team is unable to act. The team also advises NHS Wales on risk and reputation management issues.

BLM provides clinical negligence advice as part of its broader healthcare advisory and inquest practice group, which is led by the ‘competent and sensibleJane Lang. The ‘tenacious’ Lang displays ‘great judgement’ and provides an ‘excellent service’ to medical and dental defence organisations on behalf of their members and private clients. Sarah Price regularly handles clinical negligence claims which follow on from inquests and regulatory matters.

The ‘very strong’ two-partner team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur has ‘substantial expertise in medical law, in particular clinical negligence and professional discipline relating to doctors and dentists’. The vastly experienced and ‘very tactically astuteHuw Llewellyn-Morgan has ‘in-depth knowledge and understanding of his cases’ which include defending doctors and dentists in proceedings before the General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC), as well as in cases before the High Court and County Court. Praised for his ‘pragmatic and focused advice to clinicians’, Mike Scherp has ‘lots of experience in clinical negligence and medical regulatory matters’, and has ‘a very good understanding of the issues and how they will play out in front of a Tribunal’. Recent work includes successfully defending a complicated clinical negligence claim involving two defendants where each party had instructed three experts to consider the extremely complex causation case and the uncertainty over the cause of death.

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