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Ward Hadaway

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Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Nicola Richardson

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Ward Hadaway

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Nicola is a partner in the Healthcare Unit and has acted for NHS Resolution (formerly the National Health Service Litigation Authority), Medical Defence Organisations and NHS Trusts for over 15 years. She is also Ward Hadaway's Training Principal with responsibilities for the recruitment and training of trainee solicitors in the firm.

She previously qualified as a biomedical scientist specialising in haematology before transferring to law.

Nicola is a Nominated Partner approved by NHS Resolution (formerly the NHSLA) for the clinical negligence panel.

She has a wide, varied experience of all types of clinical negligence claims but with particular and specialist knowledge of high value birth injury and brain damage claims.

Nicola is also Client Liaison Partner for two of Ward Hadaway’s acute Trust clients and for one Ambulance Trust client.

Nicola has a great deal of successful trial experience including the successful defence of a birth injury claim. She has also been involved in cases that have been pursued to the Court of Appeal.

Nicola has conducted a large number of very high value obstetric cases to a conclusion and has significant experience of ADR in this setting and of periodical payment orders. Of her last three birth injuries claims, one discontinued and one settled for £500,000 (against a reserve of £4.5 million).

She has significant experience of representing clients’ interests at complicated high profile Inquests (including Article 2 and jury Inquests) where she usually undertakes her own advocacy.

North: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Ward Hadaway fields a team of ‘fully committed lawyers’ with ‘vast wealth of knowledge’ and which ‘takes the time and effort to ensure their clients’ needs are met’. The ‘very good’ team acts for a number of NHS organisations including various NHS trusts and is led by Jeffrey Keeble, who is best known for his expertise in dealing with high-value birth injury cases; this area of expertise is shared by the ‘very smart and analyticalGillian Muir, who is ‘very easy to work with’ and described by clients as ‘a thoroughly safe and sensible pair of hands’. She is also well versed in handling high-value claims pertaining to spinal injuries, amputations and the delayed diagnosis of cancer. Robert Rushton specialises in defending claims on behalf of NHS Resolution and NHS trusts. Nicola Richardson and Lisa Evans are other names to note.

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North: Public sector


Within: Health

Ward Hadaway has a diverse range of expertise spanning contractual, procurement, property and employment matters as well as IT outsourcing and dispute resolution, and acts for over 60 NHS organisations. Public sector group head Melanie Pears advised the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on its IT infrastructure and sourcing project involving the procurement of ICT support services, while, in a separate matter, she assisted North East Ambulance Foundation Trust with the establishment of a trading company to deliver ambulance fleet provision and maintenance services. In employment, Stuart Craig routinely defends NHS clients against claims before the employment tribunal, while Karen Andrews is the key contact for public sector property work; recently, she assisted Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust as landowner with a lease agreement for a registered provider tenant. Healthcare litigation specialist Jeffrey Keeble heads the team, which includes Lisa Evans and Nicola Richardson.

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