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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Neil Ward

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Neil is a Patner and the national lead for the firm's inquest work.  Last year the team dealt with over 250 inquests for its health sector clients.  In addition to his client managerial responsibilities Neil’s main focus of work is: 

  • Representing NHS trusts at inquests as well as advising both NHS bodies and the NHSLA in defending clinical negligence claims.
  • Client partner for Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Wolverhampton, Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services NHS Trust and George Eliot NHS trust.
  • Providing extensive training to NHS clients on a range of topics including consent, giving evidence, Root Cause Analysis and mental capacity issues. 

Recent experience includes:

  • Advising the applicant NHS Trust in the reported case of DE which led to the first Court of Protection order that it would be lawful to perform a non-therapeutic sterilisation on a male patient with severe learning difficulties

  • Advising a clinical commissioning group (CCG) on an application for lawful authority to undertake a general anaesthetic on a formally detained mental health patient to enable safe transfer between psychiatric units

  • Advising on Article 2 inquests into the death of prisoners and formally detained mental health patients

  • Advising on a leading Court of Protection case which authorised sedating a patient in her home and then transporting to hospital to perform life-saving treatment for cancer




Trained Eversheds, Norwich; qualified 1996. Browne Jacobson, partner, 2010. Worked for defendant insurers and the NHS all of his professional career. Has been working for NHSLA for over 10 years. Expertise in mental capacity and mental health law and inquests for over five years.


Member of an NHS trust’s clinical ethics committee


Bishop Vesey Grammar School; Trinity College, Oxford (1st class degree in Modern History); Nottingham Law School (PGDL and LPC).


Ornithology, singing, writing.

West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

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: 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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