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Simon Tait

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Medical negligence/health sector.


Simon heads up the firm's health practice nationally, and is responsible for the sector strategy across all of Browne Jacobson’s Offices.

His practice is primarily contentious, advising on regulatory matters, inquests, and clinical governance matters.

He is client partner for a number of our key clients including the Medical Protection Society, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Notable cases this year include: 

  • Advising Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in respect of one of the First “Fit and Proper Person” challenges by CQC, in respect of a complaint against the Chief Executive of the Trust. Simon led a multi-disciplinary team advising on the regulatory aspects of the case, as well as advising on publicity issues.
  • Acting for Nottingham University Hospital NHS FT at an inquest over the course of two weeks, into the death of a lady who suffered a massive bleed during spinal surgery. He has also spoken on consent to the claims team at Medical Protection Society and various NHS Trusts.
  • Simon has also spoken widely on consent to treatment issues. This includes speaking at the National Brit Spine Conference in April 2016, as one of the Keynote Lecturers on informed consent (other speakers were a spinal surgeon and Gerard Martin QC

Simon has a particular interest in the provision of training to health sector professionals, and regularly provides training sessions on a wide variety of topics.

He is a key note speaker on the mock inquest training product Browne Jacobson has developed with Derby Hospitals NHS Trust, and which has been attended by over 1,500 delegates in the last five years.


Trained Irwin Mitchell; qualified 1990; partner Browne Jacobson 1999.


Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society. Nottinghamshire Healthcare Adult Mental Health Ethics Committee


Fakenham High School; Leeds Metropolian University (1987 LLB).

East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘head and shoulders above competitors’, providing support ‘beyond standard claims litigation’ to NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society as well as private insurers. The ‘well-organised and knowledgeable’ team, which ‘fights the client’s corner hard’, is renowned for its expertise in complex claims of maximum severity, including child abuse and birth injury. Clinical negligence practice head Lorna Hardman led a team defending the NHS trust against a claim for the extension of a duty of care owed to the family of two patients suffering from ALD. Ian Long, who ‘always provides a balanced view on a situation and quickly gets issues resolved’, successfully represented the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a severe birth injury case. Susan Mabbott leads the personal injury team which handles cases ranging from child abuse to employer liability claims. The ‘very experienced and knowledgeableNick Parsons and associate Ceri-Sian Williams, who is ‘tenacious with opponents and popular with clients’, are representing the defendants in Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council in the Supreme Court. James Fawcett assisted clients with employer and public liability claims; Sarah Erwin-Jones defended an insurer against allegations of abuse by a local authority employee; and Simon Tait, Tom Armstrong and ‘first-class lawyer’ Susie Roome are also recommended. Associate Leah Jones is ‘a safe pair of hands, who adopts a common sense approach and gets the job done’. Clients also include Municipal Mutual Insurance, Insurance London Consortium and Nottingham City Council.

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East Midlands: Public sector


Within: Health

Browne Jacobson LLP’s Simon Tait heads the firm’s national health practice, and assists NHS Trusts with contentious regulatory matters, inquests and clinical governance. For example, he represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in a six-day inquest into the death of a patient caused by hypoxic brain damage following spinal surgery. Tait also acted for an NHS Trust during an inquest arising from the trial use of transoral robotic surgery and subsequent death of a patient from an oral bleed. On the corporate and commercial side, Oliver Pritchard advises public, private and third sector entities in the health and social care sectors on mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. PCT Healthcare instructed Pritchard on its £65m acquisition of WR Evans, which included a group restructuring and demerger. Pritchard also advised NHS England on updating its national statutory guidance to Clinical Commissioning Groups on conflict of interest management. Ben Troke, who specialises in mental capacity matters and healthcare law, assisted NHS England with preparing guidelines on its discharge policy, countering so-called "bed blocking". Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership Trust and East Midlands Ambulance Service are also clients.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic and approachable’ group combines local government and social care expertise with its healthcare specialism to assist local authorities, NHS bodies, private sector providers and membership bodies for healthcare professionals with matters ranging from commercial initiatives and projects to inquests and regulatory work. Simon Tait represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of a patient from hypoxic brain damage following spinal surgery and guided Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through an investigation into the chief executive’s compliance with the regulatory framework, prompted by a complaint received by the Care Quality Commission from a member of the public. Oliver Pritchard advised PCT Healthcare on the £65m acquisition, subsequent reorganisation and demerger of WR Evans (Chemist). Ben Troke assisted NHS England with the preparation of guidance on the delayed discharge of medically fit patients, particularly in cases of mental incapacity or related to mental health issues. Troke also represented Intensive Care Society and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, as intervening parties, in R (Ferreira) v HM Senior Coroner for Inner South London, pertaining to the legal implications of deprivation of liberty in intensive care. Simon Charlton joined from Weightmans LLP

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West Midlands: Public sector


Within: Health

Browne Jacobson LLP’s national health and social care practice, which is led from Nottingham by Simon Tait, was joined in Birmingham by Simon Charlton from Weightmans LLP. Other key Birmingham-based figures include Helen Badger, who recently acted for an NHS trust in a complex employment dispute with a member of its HR team revolving around allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and performance management; and Jonathan Hayden, who acted alongside newly promoted associate Emily Godson for the NHS on updates to its national statutory guidance to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on conflict interest management. On the disputes side, national inquest leader Neil Ward represented NHS trusts in connection with patient deaths. Charlton and Emmett Maginn assisted a major independent healthcare provider with its legal responsibilities to a minor who was unable to consent to the restrictions placed upon him in his care placement.

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