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Russell-Cooke LLP

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59456 PUTNEY

Deborah Blythe

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Russell-Cooke LLP

Work Department

Personal injury and clinical negligence


Partner specialising in clinical negligence and personal injury; main areas of practice are medical negligence, brain damage at birth, head injuries, fatal injuries, obstetric claims, gynaecology, cancer, cardiology, general surgery, dental claims, industrial disease claims, with particular interest in acting for victims of asbestos and mesothelioma; reported cases include: Darnley-v Croydon Health services NHS Trust, Chapman v Personal Representatives of the Estate of Dr Moss deceased; Yates v Worthing; Hutchinson v Epsom and St Helier Hospital NHS Trust; Rawlinson v North Essex Health Authority; Peters v University of Wales NHS Trust; Garth v MIB and Grant.


Articled DHP Levy & Co; qualified 1984; GL Hockfield & Co 1984-92; Evill and Coleman 1992; partner 1993; Evill and Coleman merged with Russell-Cooke 2005.


APIL; Law Society Personal Injury Panel; Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. AVMA panel


St Angela’s RC School for Girls; East Anglia University (LLB).

London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant

Within: Clinical negligence: claimant

Russell-Cooke LLP handles the full range of clinical negligence advice from mobility issues to brain injuries and has 'an excellent track record in handling novel, complex and high-value cases'. The 'incredibly intelligent and diligent' Deborah Blythe heads the team and 'shows great competence and compassion'. Janice Gardner is 'at the peak of her powers with a grasp of difficult issues and complex cases that is second to none'.

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Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Russell-Cooke LLP is considered by a client to have 'an enormously good reputation' in personal injury work. Deborah Blythe leads a team that offers a blend of clinical negligence and personal injury expertise. Its recent work includes acting for the family of a doctor who was killed in a road traffic accident while working abroad. Another complex case concerned the death of an individual in a road accident in the UK where the victim did not have UK immigration status. Janice Gardner is 'diligent and fair' and has a 'strong work ethic and a keen sense of justice', which makes her 'admired by her opponents and loved by her clients'. Other key individuals are Dominic Fairclough, who mainly deals with fatal personal injury claims, and Sarah Towler, who covers accidents in the workplace, public liability and road traffic accidents.

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