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Lorna Hardman

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Health, advisory and litigation


Lorna heads the UK clinical negligence practice and is Browne Jacobson’s national lead partner for the NHS LA. She has been a Nominated Partner since 2010 and has more than 20 years’ experience of advising NHS and private bodies on healthcare litigation, particularly complex and high value claims, inquests and serious incidents. She is also client partner for a number of local Trusts and St John Ambulance. 

Highlights during the year include securing a strike-out in Smith v University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, a case in which the claimants sought to establish the existence of a novel duty of care which, if successful, would have had massive implications for NHS genetics departments across the UK.



Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1993; Capsticks, London (12 years, eight as partner, specialising in clinical negligence, inquests and inquiries); partner Browne Jacobson 2007. Publications include ‘Litigation: A Risk Management Guide for Midwives’ (second edition, in conjunction with the Royal College of Midwives).


The Wakeman School, Shrewsbury; Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1990 MA Law 2(1)); College of Law, York.


Walking, music, cooking.

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 knowledgeable’ Nick 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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