Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in East Anglia

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The Ipswich office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is the key hub for the firm's corporate claims practice, which defends complex, high-value injury and fatal claims. Practice head Nicola Lashmar is a qualified barrister with 20 years' litigation experience. Legal director Paul Coppin has practised personal injury law for 25 years and is adept in defending multi-jurisdictional catastrophic and complex claims. The firm focuses on high-value national and cross-border matters for large corporate clients. Principal associate Wayne Donovan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Lashmar

Other key lawyers:

Paul Coppin; Wayne Donovan


'Its strengths are incisive analysis, great teamwork and attention to detail, which all get great results for the clients,' says a client of Kennedys. Cambridge is a key hub for the firm's national clinical negligence defence practice and is home to greatly experienced partners in 'very clever and knowledgeable' practice head Robert Tobin, Amanda Mead and Camilla Long who is 'empathetic and has extensive medical knowledge'. The firm acts for NHS Resolution in resolving clinical negligence claims for healthcare Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups. Senior associates Samantha Williams, Ross Bell and Margaret Duncan play central roles in the practice.


This practice is unique because there is a concentrated clinical negligence team all of whom are excellent. The team’s strengths are incisive analysis, great teamwork and attention to detail which all get great results for the clients.

Ross Bell – his attention to detail and thoroughness is second to none. He also has a great manner with clients and opponents.

Sophie Grainger – her enthusiasm and energy are boundless.

Rob Tobin is extremely dedicated with great judgment and instinct on what cases to take to trial.

The Kennedys healthcare team, both in London and Cambridge, has significant strength [and] depth and provides an excellent service to its clients. As a barrister, the team is a pleasure to work for – they instruct good experts, have a good relationship with the hospitals and the clinicians and prepare the cases thoroughly.

‘Rob Tobin provides excellent leadership. He is very clever and knowledgeable but also caring for both his employees and clinicians. Camilla Long is empathetic and has extensive medical knowledge. Sam Goward is efficient, calm and pragmatic and willing to take the right cases to trial. Laura Ringrose is thorough and highly intelligent.

Kennedys in Cambridge has a strong team of experienced and capable solicitors with wide experience of all issues arising in relation to clinical negligence.’

The firm has in-depth experience and there is good partner oversight of associates’ work.

Debra Sexton has excellent medical knowledge.

Laura Ringrose is fearless and fights her clients’ corner with impressive robustness. She manages experts well.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Mills & Reeve LLP

The national medical malpractice group at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from the Norwich office. It focuses on clinical negligence, advising on both policy matters and claims. Its recent work includes lack of cover matters for out-of-hours care, mesh claims and ocular lens implant cases raising aggregation issues. The firm is not a member of the NHSR panel, in order to avoid  conflicts of interest arising from advising NHS Trusts, individual practitioners and insurers. The Mills & Reeve First Response service supports clients with out-of-hours medico-legal and dento-legal support. Practice head Stephen King is a leading light in the market.

Practice head(s):

Stephen King

Key clients

WRB (Insurers)

Virgin Care

Global Diagnostics

Partnerships in Care

Zurich Global (Insurers)

Beazley PLC

Everest Re

Work highlights

  • Advised an out-of-hours provider on a claim alleging negligent advice resulting in late despatch of ambulance and the death of patient.
  • Advised a surgeon and insurer on a claim relating to a tendon injury, alleging delayed surgery resulting in alleged worse outcome.
  • Advised an ophthalmic surgery provider on a claim alleging the supply of defective intra-ocular lenses, which were subject to caution notices published after the supply arose.