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Ashtons Legal

THE LONG BARN, FORNHAM BUSINESS COURT, FORNHAM ST MARTIN, BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK, IP31 1SL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01284 762331
Fax:
Fax 01284 764214
DX:
57200 BURY ST EDMUNDS
Email:
Web:
www.ashtonslegal.co.uk

Sandra Patton

Tel:
Work 01842 768736
Email:
Web:
www.ashtonslegal.co.uk/our-people/sandra-patton
Ashtons Legal

Work Department

Clinical Negligence

Position

Head of Clinical Negligence

Career

Qualified as a barrister and called to the Bar in 1985 then requalified as a solicitor in 1989. Joined Cunningham John (the forerunner of Ashtons) in 1991. Made a partner in 1994 and, following a career break, subsequently became a consultant and head of Medical Negligence team.

Sandra is Head of the Ashtons Legal Medical Negligence team and has specialised in claimant medical negligence law since 1991. Prior to this she was a qualified barrister. 

Described as ‘one of the top claimant lawyers in the country’ she has conducted many high value and high profile cases, getting ‘great results from difficult cases’, attracting national publicity and winning record damages in a medical negligence case. 

Sandra has a special interest and expertise in birth injury and children cases and has dealt with claims across a broad range of medical treatment. The past year’s settlements have included a £9.37m settlement for an adult brain injured client and a £9.7m birth injury settlement. 

Languages

English

Member

Action against Medical Accidents specialist panel solicitor
Law Society Clinical Negligence panel solicitor

Education

BA Hons (law and Sociology), Bar Finals, Called to the Bar 1985, admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court 1989


East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Sandra Patton - Ashtons Legal

Within: Clinical negligence: claimant

The 'tenacious' team at Ashtons Legal is 'extremely competent and keeps clients' interests foremost; it gives clients a distinct edge over other firms'. The firm has a stellar track record in the highest-value and most complex cases of physical and psychological injury. One on-going case is a claim under the Human Rights Act for the family of a teenager who took his own life after his GP recommended he be seen by mental health professionals within 24 hours, only for an NHS health trust to deem him not to be at significant risk. Sandra Patton leads the medical injury team and clients describe her as 'calm, efficient and thorough, whilst being very sensitive and thoughtful and extremely professional'. Her team is 'a pleasure to work with' and one client remarks that 'they are very bespoke, so no client will feel lost in a system, and they really care about outcome'. Leading light Sharon Allison, whose practice includes a focus on inquests and suicides arising from failures in the mental health service, is 'well prepared, diligent and hardworking; she drills into the detail of every case'. 'His experience and wisdom give him a reassuring presence in cases of the highest value', says a barrister of prominent partner Tom Cook. 'Very assiduous and very good with clients', says counsel of rising star associate Ben Ward who is 'a gifted analyst who can manage and run a complex case to a successful conclusion'. Also recommended are 'knowledgeable and efficient' associate Julie Crossley and 'thorough and diligent' rising star solicitor Sophie Bales, who is 'very good at dealing with expert evidence, and has an excellent grasp of the complexity of cases'.

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