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Sarah White

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Clinical negligence.


Sarah White leads the clinical negligence team in Birmingham.  She is an NHSLA Nominated Partner and has a wealth of experience in handling high value clinical negligence claims, specialising in multimillion pound catastrophic injury cases. 

She has a tremendous track record of fighting and winning high profile and high value trials for the NHS Litigation Authority. This year wins include: 

  • F v NHS Commissioning Board This claim related to the standard of resuscitation following delivery in December 1973. It was alleged that this led to an acute hypoxic insult and cerebral palsy. Due to the date of the index event, many Trust witnesses were retired and elderly. Through careful use of Bolitho witness evidence and experts’ agendas, various concessions were made which forced the Claimant to withdraw a number of allegations. A discontinuance was secured approximately 14 days prior to trial.  As well as saving the NHS in potential compensation and defence costs, the discontinuance avoided the need for many elderly witnesses to have to give evidence in court.
  • SE v Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust: The Claimant alleged a failure to diagnose acute open angle glaucoma leading to likely blindness when he presented at a small community hospital with a sore eye and was seen by a nurse practitioner. She diagnosed a scratch to the cornea. The Claimant alleged a similar failure by the GP when he re-presented the following day. At trial the Judge gave judgment in the Defendants favour on causation, finding that if properly examined and treated the diagnosis would not have been made any earlier than in fact it was.
Sarah also represents NHS trusts at inquests, and provides health law and risk management advice.  Sarah has over 20 years’ experience of advising NHS Trusts and health bodies, and takes a central role in the management of the Birmingham office.


Trained Messrs William Charles Crocker Solicitors, London; qualified 1987; assistant solicitor Bevan Ashford, Bristol 1987-92; associate 1991; solicitor Yorkshire Regional Health Authority 1992-93; associate Bevan Ashford, Bristol 1994; partner 2001; head of claims team Bevan Ashford, Birmingham 2001; partner Browne Jacobson LLP 2005.


Law Society; Birmingham Law Society; Birmingham Medico-Legal Society.


Dame Allan’s Girls School, Newcastle upon Tyne; University of Bristol (1984 Law 2(1)); Bristol Polytechnic (1985 Law Society finals second class Hons).


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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Sarah White - Browne Jacobson LLP

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP has ‘real excellence amongst at all levels' and 'a track record of achieving results’. Sarah White is ‘a nationally recognised specialist in this field’ with ‘such vast experience that she has usually seen a particular situation which arises before’ and ‘has creative solutions to tricky tactical problems’. She represented George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust on the alleged mismanagement of deep vein thrombosis. She also defended Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Resolution against a claim involving the delayed diagnosis of cauda equine syndrome. Sarah Manning  advised the Medical Protection Society on an orthopaedic hip surgery claim as well as National Health Service Litigation Authority and Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust on a cerebral palsy claim. Jonathan Fuggle  advised George Eliot Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Resolution on a gynaecological procedure claim as well as Southend University Hospital NHS FT and NHS Resolution on a claim of mismanagement of rectal cancer. Neil Ward  defended Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust & National Health Service Resolution against an alleged delay in diagnosing acute angle closure glaucoma. He similarly defended NHS Resolution / Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust against a cerebral palsy medical negligence claim stemming from midwifery care. Simon Charlton has strong capabilities on mental health and governance matters. Other notable names include the recently promoted director Emma Rees , who has experience in birth, brain and spinal injury claims,  and solicitor David Toulmin van Sittert, who focuses on high-value traumatic injuries.

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West Midlands: Public sector


Within: Leading individuals

Sarah White - Browne Jacobson LLP

Within: Health

Browne Jacobson LLP  has expertise in clinical negligence, inquests, employment, property and commercial matters. Sarah White is an expert in high profile clinical negligence defendant work, as is her colleague Rachel Lyne . Neil Ward is also a key figure and is an expert in complex and sensitive inquest cases. Jonathan Hayden is an expert in commercial contracts and new care models, and recently advised NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG on developing a new care model where community services are commissioned on an outcome-focused basis. Helen Badger specialises in employment, particularly on complex tribunal claims and Martin Cannon works on construction disputes. Employment law expert Jacqui Atkinson recently joined from Capsticks LLP.

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