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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Neil Rowe

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Healthcare and clinical risk.


Neil is the team leader and supervising partner for DAC Beachcroft’s clinical risk team in Newcastle, and a CNST Nominated Partner for the NHS LA. He has over 20 years’ experience of defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of a range of healthcare bodies, including the NHS LA since its inception in 1995, the Medical Defence Union, Spire, BUPA, NHS Trusts and med mal insurers such as Allied World. Neil leads the Newcastle office’s relationship with Nuffield Health and the MDU. Although he deals with all medical specialisms, Neil has particular expertise in defending multi-million pound catastrophic injury and brain damage claims, including advising on periodical payments, indexation and indemnities. Neil has extensive experience of advising and lecturing on claims and healthcare law topics such as notifications, preliminary analysis, risk management issues, documentation, complaints, consent to treatment, confidentiality, withdrawal of treatment, fatal accidents and all areas of quantum.


Trained Theodore Goddard, London; qualified 1993; solicitor Buller Jeffries, Birmingham 1993-95; associate The Lewington Partnership, Birmingham 1995-97, partner 1997-98; associate Mills and Reeve, Birmingham 1998-2001; associate Eversheds, Newcastle 2001-04, partner 2004-08; partner Beachcroft (now DAC Beachcroft LLP), Newcastle 2008 to date.


North of England Medico-Legal Society; Law Society; Newcastle Law Society, FOIL, ALARM.


Liverpool University (LLB); Chester College of Law (LSF).

North: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Well respected in the field of clinical negligence defence’, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team comprises ‘high-quality people’, who are ‘very responsive’ and ‘know the healthcare market very well’. The practice handles a high volume of instructions from NHS Resolution (formerly known as the NHS Litigation Authority); the team acted for the client alongside various NHS trusts in all vaginal mesh claims against NHS England relating to mesh products used in the surgical management of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In other group action work, the ‘sensible and pragmaticNeil Rowe is advising Spire Healthcare on various claims made in England and Scotland concerning the implantation of silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade rather than clinical grade silicon. David Weatherburn heads the team, which includes senior associate Dawn McIntosh, who is noted for her ‘ability to handle tricky claims’, and senior associate Caroline Calder.

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