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Bolt Burdon Kemp fields a team that attracts praise for 'going the extra mile' and being 'consistently client focused'. The practice covers a broad range of catastrophic injury cases, and is sub-divided into specialist departments dedicated to one type of injury, such as spinal and child brain injury. Advising on the needs of ex-service personnel, such as mental health care within the Armed Forces, is another niche specialism offered by the Military team. Practice head Caroline Klage focuses on complex child brain injury cases, including cerebral palsy claims. Raquel Siganporia leads the spinal injury team, and regularly acts for those who, having a primary injury, then suffer a secondary complication indicative of negligence.

Practice head(s):Caroline Klage

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Trask; Raquel Siganporia

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team at BBK incorporates first class lawyers who have had excellent training, along with a very client-focused approach. This ensures great attention to detail, and their concentration on high value claims means they have the resources to devote to each case.'

'They are very strong on making sure the client (often a child or protected party) gets the best treatment and care, frequently expending time and resources to benefit the Claimant, for which they realise they will not recover all their own costs.'

'A track record of achieving outstanding results in high value catastrophic claims, particularly involving birth injury. The team is highly knowledgeable, dedicated and fearless.'

'Raquel Siganporia is a stand out partner who demonstrates strengths in difficult situations and unending patience, empathy and thoroughness, as well as a strong legal knowledge in her field.'

'Raquel Siganporia is an exceptional solicitor who tenaciously represents her clients, many of whom have suffered life-changing spinal injuries.'

' Caroline Klage is one of the very best, if not the best, clinical negligence solicitor in the UK. Her understanding of birth injury claims is second to none and she has incredible empathy with her clients.'

Led by recommended Paul McNeil, the team at Fieldfisher boasts an extensive track-record acting for those injured through medical negligence in multi-million pound claims. The practice offers broad representation to UK-based and international clients in cases related to obstetrics, fetal medicine, neurosurgery, gynaecology and cancer, among others. Samantha Critchley regularly leads on high value birth and neonatal injury claims. Delayed cancer diagnosis and cerebral palsy-related claims are all areas of expertise for Mark Bowman, while Jonathan Zimmern's experience also spans spinal and orthopaedic injury.

Practice head(s):Paul McNeil

Other key lawyers:Samantha Critchley; Jane Weakley; Mark Bowman; Jonathan Zimmern

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher's approach is outstanding, from the point of initial contact to claim conclusion (some ten years later) we found everybody exceptionally helpful, understanding and highly approachable.  Their professionalism shines through.'

'They have attention to detail, great access to the best experts and excellent judgement in the management of their cases.'

'Very hardworking team of highly competent lawyers.'

'Mark Bowman's commitment to our claim went over and above our expectations.  He was hugely knowledgeable, supportive and reassuring; communication was clear and no question was too small for him to answer.'

‘Jonathan Zimmern's comprehension of complex medical issues and ability to present them simply is first rate.'

Work highlights

  • Representing a pregnant claimant before the Court of Appeal regarding the duties of care owed to her by the clinicians treating her father's Huntingdon's Disease. The case will address whether clinicians should be legally obliged to consider the interests of those beyond the patient who may be affected by genetic information.
  • Recovered  approximately £12m for a young woman who had a craniotomy, who suffered brain damage when she was allowed to fall from bed as a result of nursing negligence.
  • Recovered £37m for a six-year-old boy who suffered a catastrophic brain injury after contracting the herpes virus at Watford General Hospital.
  • Reached a £23m settlement for 2-year-old girl who suffered a stroke due to negligent heart surgery.
  • Recovering a damages payment of £19.6m (including a lump sum of £7.3 million) for a brain injured child as a result of negligent treatment at Barnet Hospital.

Irwin Mitchell fields 'a team of specialists with real strength in depth' that represents victims of medical negligence in complex claims and often multi-million pound settlements. The practice demonstrates particular expertise acting on behalf of brain damaged babies and adults left with life-changing neurological injuries. Team head Alison Eddy, who counts with more than 30 years of experience in the field, continues to focus on the implementation of early rehabilitation wherever possible. Auriana Griffiths specialises in maximum severity injuries sustained at birth, while Anita Jewitt has a particular interest in brain and spinal cord injury cases.

Practice head(s):Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:Auriana Griffiths; Ian Christian; Leena Savjani; Anita Jewitt

Testimonials

'The team is able to call on the top experts to advise clients, counting on years of experience and a range of talent.'

‘Great litigators, always prepared to run the difficult cases, achieving remarkable results at the highest levels.’

'London team head Alison Eddy has great powers of analysis and sees straight to the heart of the matter.  She is not afraid to challenge people to ensure her clients get the best possible service.’

'Auriana Griffiths's dedication, attention to detail and ability to manage all aspects of complex cases are very impressive.'

‘Anita Jewitt has a tenacious approach to her cases and is one to watch: great client handling and super approach to getting the best out of her team.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a young female in a multi-million pound clinical negligence claim against Barts Health NHS Trust, in relation to a severe brain injury sustained as a result of anaesthetic errors at birth.
  • Representing claimant in liability and quantum claims regarding the negligent delay in the treatment of an infection and avoidable brain injury following an ear operation at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
  • Acting on behalf of the claimants in a wrongful birth claim, relating to the alleged negligence of the defendant’s sonographer in missing a defect in an  anomaly scan at the Princess Royal University Hospital.
  • Acting for a 64-year-old claimant who is now paraplegic in a £4.8 claim for injuries and losses against Barts Heath NHS Trust, in relation to negligent care and delayed treatment.
  • Represented claimant in XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in seeking the costs of surrogacy, after the client was left infertile following a delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Kingsley Napley LLP provides the full-range of clinical negligence advice, with a particular emphasis on spinal and brain injuries, meningitis and cerebral palsy related claims. The team's caseload ranges in scope and value, and includes maximum severity matters arising from wrongful birth, cancer misdiagnoses, surgical errors, as well as fatal claims where quantum is complex. Team head Terrence Donovan has developed a niche in suicide cases linked to poor psychiatric care. Kate Rohde has a lot of experience of cerebral palsy cases and fatal injury claims, while senior associate Punam Sood is frequently involved  in matters concerning catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.

Practice head(s):Terrence Donovan

Other key lawyers:Kate Rohde; Richard Lodge; Punam Sood

The 'exceptionally meticulous team' at Leigh Day draws on a wealth of experience in complex medical cases involving life-changing injuries, such as amputations, spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal claims. The department has seen a shift in leadership, when dual-qualified Suzanne White, whose specialist knowledge encompasses birth injury claims, succeeded the now retired Russell Levy. Claire Fazan has recently been active handling high value claims for children who suffer from cerebral palsy due to midwifery and/or obstetric negligence. Maternal birth injuries involving perineal tears and misdiagnosis of cancer are also among the team's service offering.

Practice head(s):Suzanne White

Other key lawyers:Olive Lewin; Claire Fazan; Sally-Jean Nicholes

Testimonials

‘From top to bottom, quality runs through Leigh Day's clinical negligence team. They have a huge wealth of experience and have been involved in some of the most complex and valuable claims that I have encountered. They are extremely good with client care and fight tirelessly for the clients' interests.’

'Leigh Day is the pre-eminent claimant clinical negligence firm not only in London but in the whole of the UK.  The team has great strength in its cross-section of people, with a vast depth of experience.The team is driven by a desire for the underdog patient to achieve justice against the establishment.'

'They are thorough in investigating potential claims, knowledgeable in their assessment of strengths and weaknesses of those claims and fearless when pursuing cases assessed to have genuine merit.’

'Suzanne White exemplifies the firm's commitment to achieve the best possible results for its clients. She has great tactical acumen and is able to step back and look at the bigger picture of a catastrophic case.'

'Claire Fazan is head and shoulders above the field, with an unrivalled caseload of high profile, complex clinical negligence cases for catastrophic injuries. Her judgement is second to none.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a family in an inquest regarding a fatal case involving the death of a young mother during an angiogram.
  • Representing the claimant in JRM v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during delivery, leaving him ventilator and wheelchair dependent for life.
  • Successfully acted for a patient who suffered tetraplegia following spinal surgery and failure by the surgeon to obtain informed consent (£4.4m recovered at trial).
  • Represented claimant who suffered tetraplegia following failure to make an early diagnosis of TB meningitis (capitalized value in excess of £16 m).
  • Acted on behalf of a claimant in a hard fought and complex £15m wrongful birth claim.

Stewarts Law LLP's London team exclusively undertakes cases with an estimated value in excess of £1m, which involve catastrophic or maximum severity injuries. Despite the cap on the value of cases, the practice's sphere of expertise is far from limited. Brain and birth injury, psychiatric claims, oncology treatments, failures to diagnose illness and fatal accidents are all key areas of activity for the department, which has been under the leadership of Muiris Lyons for a decade. Spinal Injury claims remain a mainstay of the practice, which often represents high-net-worth claimants.

Practice head(s):Muiris Lyons

Other key lawyers:Nick Knowles; Robert Dransfield; Hugh Johnson; Nadia Kreuger-Young

Testimonials

'Stewarts Law is a class act, with a spotless approach to the preparation of papers.  All lawyers have good tactical acumen and a sympathetic client-focused approach.'

'A vastly experienced team with an impressive practice in catastrophic injuries, and which is deeply committed to clients who suffered spinal cord injuries.'

'Stewarts offers a Rolls Royce service to clients, with each of its fee earners having the requisite time and resources to devote to their cases.'

'The team is selective in the work taken on and works cases up to the best state they could be in before trial/settlement. They constitute a formidable litigation force which defendant firms simply have to respect.'

'A team which engenders courage ( they do not shy away from difficult cases), total dedication to the clients' cause (leaving no stone unturned) and a winning combination of medical as well as legal know-how.'

'Muiris Lyons leads the team with exceptional charm, intelligence and unparalleled knowledge of the industry.'

‘Hugh Johnson has a first class brain, charming manner and diligent approach to all his cases.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing neurologically injured claimant against a neurosurgeon in relation to negligent post-operative treatment.

Anthony Gold offers representation to claimants on the full-array of severe injuries arising from treatment and medical negligence, including neurological, brain and spinal cord injury cases, misdiagnosis and psychiatric claims. The firm's cases are often high value and several lawyers within the core team hold dual-qualifications, bringing their practical experience and specialist medical knowledge to the forefront in each claim. Birth and child brain injury expert Jon Nicholson leads the practice, which is regarded as a go-to in London for international clients who have received negligent treatment in private hospitals.

Practice head(s):Jon Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Jock Mackenzie; Jenny Kennedy; Ali Malsher

Testimonials

'Anthony Gold offers a complete service for medical negligence claims.Their particular specialism is making the client feel special and delivering a tailored service for each Claimant.

'The clinical negligence team at Anthony Gold has medical knowledge linked to legal acumen, thereby giving them an edge on their rivals.'

'The team is consistently excellent, well prepared, knowledgeable and good with clients.'

'Jon Nicholson is a heavyweight practitioner with great enthusiasm and ability. He has an enormous intellect and compendious knowledge which he deploys to the good effect of his clients. He fights tirelessly.'

'Jenny Kennedy is a doughty fighter with excellent knowledge of medical issues.'

'Ali Malsher is a total star; she has knowledge in depth and can identify a claim's strengths and weaknesses in an instant.'

Work highlights

  • Settled a neonatal brain injury claim against Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, regarding a negligent delay in the treatment of hypoglycaemia for a total of £17 m.
  • Secured a £2m settlement on behalf of a five-year-old boy who was born prematurely with a disabling genetic condition, after a doctor failed to diagnose him with hydrocephalus.
  • Acted for the common-law wife and young children of a 32-year-old man who died following the mismanagement of a very rare condition at Croydon Hospital.
  • Settled a claim against Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for a negligent failure to prescribe blood thinners to a then 82-year-old man following heart surgery (£700k).
  • Acting for a 68-year-old lady who suffered severe brain and orthopaedic injuries following a suicide attempt, after her GP and local walk-in-centre failed to diagnose her with psychosis.

Bindmans LLP offers legal representation to those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to clinical negligence, placing significant emphasis on facilitating early rehabilitation. The team 'puts the client at the centre of the litigation process' and is typically instructed on cases involving complex child and adult head injuries, avoidable strokes, birth injury, orthopaedic-related negligence and amputations. Acting for claimants in cases arising from substandard medical treatment while in prison or detained is another core specialism. Team head Jonathan Crocker receives key support from Yagmur Ekici on catastrophic claims.

Practice head(s):Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:Siobhan Kelly; Alla Murphy; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

'Bindmans has both medical and legal experience and extensive contacts with experts and counsel.The team has a strong supportive approach.'

'Instructions are always well prepared and the documentation carefully collated, sorted and presented.  The team has good experience and expertise of the underlying medical issues.'

'Jon Crocker is superb; he is very thorough, committed to his cases, professional and highly approachable.'

'Yagmur Ekici not only understands the law but has a good grasp of the medicine.  She does not push ideas beyond their natural conclusion and provides a good interface between expert and client, so that the client fully understands the strengths and weaknesses of a case.'

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors handles a wide array of medical negligence cases that range in value from several thousands to million-pound settlements. The team is composed of experts who bring a mix of previous medical experience to the application of law in difficult cases, which often elicit human rights' elements. Obstetric and maternal injuries, brain and spinal injury cases, surgery errors, misdiagnoses, delays in treatment and GP negligence are all key areas of activity for the practice. The team, which is headed by Agata Usewicz , includes the 'thoughtful' Nina Ali, whose expertise spans psychiatric cases, as well as former head of Slater and Gordon's London clinical negligence team James Bell.

Practice head(s):Agata Usewicz

Other key lawyers:James Bell; Nina Ali; Dawn Treloar

Testimonials

'A team which is known - rightly - for never giving up on a lost cause. Ruthless with defendants but really thoughtful with clients.'

'A leading firm with a wealth of experience. The team is capable of dealing comfortably and expertly with all sizes and types of claim, including very high value and complex claims.'

'I have been given total support by this law practice throughout my claim and every question I have raised concerning the ongoing litigation has been answered clearly and quickly. They are, undoubtedly, a leader in their field of expertise.'

'Agata Usewicz is easy to work with and gets good results.'

'James Bell is very experienced and knowledgeable - aware of all the recent cases and how best to use them. He is a safe pair of hands for the most difficult cases.'

Work highlights

  • Reached a capitalised settlement of £8m on behalf of a claimant in a birth injury case against a hospital.
  • Represented clients in a fatal claim against two GPs and ambulance service for the failure to recognise the symptoms of sepsis in an infant.
  • Acted for claimant who sustained a brain injury due to Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, following delay in admission to hospital and treatment.
  • Acted in a claim against a hospital for negligent failure to appropriately manage the client’s caesarean section wound, resulting in recurrent infections and a psychiatric injury.
  • Representing an acclaimed opera singer in a claim against a surgeon regarding surgery negligence resulting in bone and muscle damage.

Russell-Cooke LLP offers representation to the full-range of individuals requiring legal services, advising adults from all walks of life as well as children who  have been victims of medical negligence. Key areas of work include acting on claims concerning injuries sustained at the time of birth, head and spinal injuries, delays in treatment, misdiagnoses of sepsis and cancer, as well as dentistry, ophthalmology and orthopaedic injuries. Team leader Deborah Blythe acted in the landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Darnley v Croydon Hospital NHS Trust, which further defined the legal principle of the duty of care for non-medical staff and A&E departments.

Practice head(s):Deborah Blythe

Other key lawyers:Janice Gardner; Dominic Fairclough; Lucy Wilton

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team offer the highest professional standards with expertise and service that sets them head and shoulders above others.'

'There is a comfort in knowing that Russell Cooke are a class- act who will fight their cases ethically, appropriately, but always to the best advantage of their clients.'

'The team is professional and succinct in their instructions, diligent, thoughtful and with excellent attention to detail.'

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for claimant in Darnley v Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust before the Supreme Court on issue of Duty of Care for non-medical staff  in A& E departments.
  • Preparing case for the review of doctrine of ‘ex turpi causa’ in the Supreme Court, after a claimant with a long mental history of schizophrenia killed her mother, following alleged negligent treatment and failure to act by the Hospital Trust responsible for her care.
  • Representing claimants against Epsom General Hospital in fatal claim, resulting from various failures and delay in diagnosis of vascular problem.
  • Acting on behalf of claimant against St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in relation to treatment and surgery negligence.

Slater and Gordon's team is praised for offering a comprehensive service that goes beyond compensation by fully supporting injured clients. The team demonstrates particular expertise handling claims of maximum severity and has more recently gained recognition in group-actions, following its lead role in the Paterson (breast surgeon) litigation. Typical instructions include claims involving brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and surgical errors. Practice head Emma Doughty has developed a specialist interest in cancer and obstetric claims, while also dealing with high-value birth injury cases. The 'committed' Laura Preston further brings experience in fatal accidents and inquests.

Practice head(s):Emma Doughty

Other key lawyers:Penny Fitzpatrick; Laura Preston

Testimonials

'Extremely knowledgeable and with a wealth of knowledge of complex, multi party actions in light of their work on the Paterson case.'

'The team is full of real star individuals and is led by Emma Doughty who is a 'tour de force'. They are reassuring, calm under pressure and really fight for their clients.'

'No stone is left unturned and you know that Emma Doughty will have considered every possibility and line of attack to try and achieve the right result. Her abilities are far beyond what you would expect for her years.'

'Penny Fitzpatrick is a very safe pair of hands in more difficult and high value claims.'

Work highlights

  • Representing claimant who suffered with a Brown-Seuqard type syndrome with symptoms of incomplete paraplegia as a result of negligent corrective surgery.
  • Acting on behalf of an entrepreneur who suffered partial amputation as a result of a delay in diagnosis.
  • Representing a child in a claim, arising from the hospital's failure to diagnose sepsis and avoidable amputation of limbs.
  • Acting on behalf of a young mother who was left paralysed from the waist down after giving birth, following  negligent delays in scanning and treating a spinal bleed.
  • Acting in case related to a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer resulting in an unnecessary partial amputation of the Claimant’s foot.

Hugh James has developed a solid clinical negligence department in London, which covers a broad spectrum of high value claims, including those arising from obstetric negligence, surgical errors, fatal accidents and missed diagnosis. Led by the 'simply brilliant' Grainne Barton, the practice has witnessed a growth in inquest representation alongside the usual medical negligence litigation. Lynda Reynolds leads on inquest work and subsequent civil claims, while still offering assistance to Barton in multi-million pound cases. The team is also active advising on matters involving stillbirth claims, cauda equina syndrome as well as cerebral palsy.

Practice head(s):Grainne Barton

Other key lawyers:Lynda Reynolds; Helen Neville; Sophie Jones

Testimonials

'Hugh James is a highly professional firm inspiring confidence to attract clients to use their services. Navigating a clinical negligence claim requires sensitivity, competence and professionalism which Hugh James provided for us to make informed decisions.'

'Extremely cohesive team with experienced practitioners and a real 'down to earth' approach.'

'The team in London led by Grainne Barton are hard-working, exceptionally compassionate and caring with their clients. They are not motivated by lining their own pockets but getting the best results for their clients.'

'Grainne Barton is an extremely caring and compassionate lawyer. While she is technically very able she is also very sensible and pragmatic and looks to get the best results for her clients.'

'Lynda Reynolds continues to shine. She is a highly effective litigator and absolutely tireless on her clients' behalf. She is highly skilled and energetic and clients benefit also from the knowledge she has from her previous experience in intensive care nursing.'

'Sophie Jones is incredibly professional, compassionate and proactive in her approach dealing with cases.'

Moore Blatch LLP fields a team with an unparalleled success rate settling an array of high-value claims arising from clinical negligence. Practice head and neurological injury specialist Anne Cassidy provides key support to Tim Spring, who oversees both the Richmond and Southampton offices. Cerebral palsy is an area of particular expertise for the department, which is also adept at handling cases involving neurosurgery, cauda equina syndrome, as well as infectious diseases of the brain and endocrine conditions.

Practice head(s):Tim Spring; Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:Sarah Stanton

Work highlights

  • Representing claimant in a cerebral palsy case, arising from a delayed diagnosis of acute fatty liver of pregnancy (estimated capitalised value  £5.5m).
  • Reaching a £700k settlement on behalf of claimant, who suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of inappropriate neurosurgery.

Osbornes is experienced at handling high-value clinical negligence work, with a particular emphasis on fatal claims, child and adult brain injuries as well as complex spinal damage cases. Stephanie Prior, who holds a dual qualification as a nurse and solicitor, brings to the department an in-depth knowledge of medical procedure. Spinal cord injury expert Ben Posford is regularly instructed to act on cases involving Cauda Equina Syndrome. The team further offers representation to claimants from non-English speaking communities against healthcare providers both in the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:Ben Posford; Rob Aylott

Testimonials

'Osbornes provides a very intimate and personal client service which is increasingly rare in this sector.'

'The lawyers in the team are highly experienced and will drive cases very hard on behalf of their clients.'

'Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes.'

'Stephanie's background in medicine gives her an ability to read between the lines where medical records and expert evidence are concerned and is a great asset. '

Work highlights

  • Acting in a case against University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust concerning an overdose of Lidocaine given to the Claimant which caused her to sustain a cardiac arrest and suffer permanent brain damage (valued at £2m).

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP  advises on all aspects of clinical negligence claims, and is regularly involved in cases concerning maximum severity injuries. John Kyriacou has over 25 years of experience in the field of medical negligence litigation and leads a team that demonstrates strength across brain and spinal injury cases, gynaecological claims as well as delay in diagnosis of medical conditions. The 'meticulous' Rosie Nelson has specialist knowledge in cerebral palsy claims and orthopaedic injuries, while the 'hard working' Sarah Hibberd is the main point of contact for maternal injuries and cosmetic surgery claims.

Practice head(s):John Kyriacou

Other key lawyers:Sarah Hibberd; Rosie Nelson

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team at Penningtons London is a small, close-knit collective of excellent lawyers. They have a range of seniority within the team, which results in cases of all values and complexities being handled with the same degree of consummate skill.'

'The team keeps the the client and their involvement at the heart of every case.'

'The whole team is extremely organised and is efficiently run by John Kyriacou, whose wealth of experience in the field is being continuously disseminated among his team.'

'Penningtons are knowledgeable, organised, professional. Everything is always explained to us in way we can understand and we are regularly updated about the progress of our case.'

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is adept at bringing claims on behalf of adults and children against hospitals, GPs, dentists and private healthcare providers. The team demonstrates experience handling claims involving birth and brain injuries, surgical errors, delay in diagnosis of medical conditions as well as fatal accident claims and inappropriate treatment claims. The practice is further recognised as a go-to firm for ophthalmology claims, fielding a specialist eye team led by Nick Grant.

Practice head(s):Nick Grant

Other key lawyers:Karen Cathcart; Nicola Bould

Testimonials

'Devonshires's clinical negligence team provide an approachable and personal service to clients.'

'The team takes on serious clinical negligence claims and gets consistently good results.'

'They are never afraid to make a tough decision but always treats clients with great humanity'

'Nicola Bould's strengths lie in her ability to identify the real issues in the case, analyse them and instruct excellent experts to advise and report on those issues. Her knowledge of anatomy is very impressive, which enables her to be on the same wavelength as experts.'

'Karen Cathcart is a rising star. She has enormous energy, a great strategic brain and she fights hard until the very end.'

Hudgell Solicitors is regularly sought out by people who have suffered life-changing and/or limiting injuries as a result of serious medical negligence. The team focuses efforts on prompt rehabilitation, and is often swift to obtain appropriate packages of life-long care and support for claimants. Shurouk Al-Sabbagh was recently appointed head of legal practice, bringing 25 years of experience in the field  to the post. The department has specialist knowledge in claims involving brain and spinal cord injury, fatalities, missed diagnosis of medical conditions, avoidable amputations, as well as birth negligence leading to conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Practice head(s):Shurouk Al-Sabbagh

Other key lawyers:Jodi Newton; Josie Robinson; Sue Jackson

Testimonials

'The London clinical negligence team has drawn on some of the best talent from other firms and recruited an excellent senior staff.'

'They manage to combine empathy and diligence with ruthless determination to secure the right outcome for their clients.'

'The stand-out solicitor is Jodi Newton, who has a huge track record of successful clinical negligence work. She is forensic in her attention to detail, but also sees the broad sweep of strategic considerations.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a claimant against Tunbridge Wells Hospital that failed to diagnose a fracture to the patient's neck.
  • Instructed by the family of a deceased 34-year-old man, who following a ruptured Achilles, developed a DVT and pulmonary embolism, as a result of which he suffered a cardiac arrest and died two weeks later.

McMillan Williams offers representation to both children and adults in a range of claims involving spinal cord damage, neurological deficit, chronic pain and surgical errors arising from clinical negligence. The London team is headed by Lauren Phillips, who has developed an interest in matters concerning obstetrics, gynaecology and birth injury. Andrew Bentham's expertise spans orthopaedic claims, and he demonstrates particular experience in fatal accident claims and inquests.

Practice head(s):Lauren Phillips

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bentham

The  'efficient and supportive' clinical negligence team at Simpson Millar LLP handles a range of complex cases, and is often instructed against NHS Trusts, GPs,  as well as private healthcare providers. The team's service offering includes representation in claims involving late diagnosis and treatment, amputations, cosmetic and laser eye surgery, obstetrics and gynaecological injuries. Practice head David Thomas has more than 20 years of litigation experience, and runs a niche caseload of high-value birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. The team receives key support from its Kingston office, where Geoffrey Simpson-Scott leads on catastrophic injury cases.

Practice head(s):David Thomas; Geoffrey Simpson-Scott

Other key lawyers:Dino Enahoro

Testimonials

'A diverse and knowledgeable group of experienced lawyers. They handle a wide range of claims both in terms of complexity and value.'

'The team thinks ahead to all the evidential issues that may arise in a case and tries to combat them as early as possible.'

'David Thomas is relentless in his pursuit of justice for his client. A fierce negotiator who often achieves very impressive settlements for his clients.'

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of claimant against St George's healthcare NHS Trust in a case arising from the delay and failure to diagnose endometrial cancer.
  • Represented claimant who was left with long-term neurocognitive problems/brain injury following negligent post-operative monitoring.
  • Acting on behalf of claimant against Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in an obstetric negligence case involving consent to an emergency caesarean section followed by a laparotomy.
  • Acting on behalf of a patient against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in a GP claim relating to negligent treatment and delayed diagnosis of cancer (£200k awarded damages) .
  • Representing client in a claim involving delayed diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, leading to amputation of several limbs, renal transplant surgery and psychological injury.

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