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Clinical negligence: defendant in London

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP's defendant clinical negligence lawyers are 'characterised by their intelligence, ability to carry out a penetrating legal analysis and a determination to leave no stone unturned', according to one client. As well as handling complex and sensitive work on behalf of numerous NHS acute, community, mental health and ambulance trusts, the firm has also developed a significant medical malpractice offering, which represents underwriters in claims brought against private surgeons, clinics and hospitals. Other areas of focus include inquests, and providing advice to healthcare teams in the elite sports sector. Peter Marquand acts as the national department head, while Catherine Bennett, who specialises in brain, spinal and other catastrophic injuries, has overall responsibility for the operational delivery of NHS Resolution’s work. Group litigation expert Philip Hatherall is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Marquand; Catherine Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Philip Hatherall; Majid Hassan; Cassius Box; Gerard Aston; Anna Walsh

Testimonials

‘Their team is very experienced, has real expertise and is very well led by Peter Marquand.’

‘The lawyers are extremely knowledgeable in their field and have a reasonable and pragmatic approach to the management of their caseload, which ensures the best outcomes for the client whilst preserving a sense of fairness among the claimants and their legal teams. There is often a difficult balance to strike and I consider that the team’s ability to do so is faultless.’

‘Excellent litigators with excellent judgement, expertise and bags of common sense.’

‘I have achieved many great outcomes with them – a real pleasure to work with on a personal level and a fierce opposition to the other side. They are all characterised by their intelligence, ability to carry out a penetrating legal analysis and a determination to leave no stone unturned to achieve the best outcome for their client.’

‘Very good team and very friendly and approachable.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

MDDUS

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Resolution and three Trusts at the trial of ABC, a case which is seen as the leading authority on the competing interests of disclosure and confidentiality in the field of genetics.
  • Represented the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust at the inquest into the death in custody of Kevin Clarke.
  • Represented a Trust in a case where a patient committed suicide in front of his family.

Clyde & Co LLP

Claire Petts 'leads an amazing team' at Clyde & Co LLP; the group is equally proficient at handling matters involving negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, and a wide range of disciplinary, regulatory and criminal proceedings. The team's expertise in conducting such multi-layered cases was recently enhanced even further by the arrival of 'simply excellent' partner Joanna Bower from Capsticks LLP. Other notable practice members include Sam Holden and Gemma Brannigan. The firm continues to expand its international footprint, bringing an ever-increasing global outlook to its work, and allowing the department to advise on high profile issues internationally as well as nationally.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petts

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Brannigan; Robert Wilson; Sam Holden; Richard Manstoff; Joanna Bower

Testimonials

‘A very energetic team with a strong emphasis on practice development and client service, which is delivered to a very high standard.’

‘Claire Petts is incredible and leads an amazing team. Joanne Bower is also simply excellent.’

‘Friendly, polite, efficient and helpful. Advice is given and explained exceptionally well and you are guided every step of the way.’

‘Excellent team with strength in depth.’

‘Phenomenally knowledgeable and user friendly with great tactics and acumen.’

‘Very pro-active and tactically astute.’

‘Richard Manstoff has superb technical knowledge and fights extremely hard for his clients.’

‘Gemma Brannigan and Claire Petts are always on hand to help the Trust with Court of Protection matters. They are efficient and reliable.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Ltd

Medical Protection Society

RSA

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

MDDUS

Premium Medical Protection

Zurich

Chubb

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Defending a surgeon following hernia repair surgery in which it was alleged that the client a) failed to obtain informed consent having not warned of a risk of death, b) should have refused/declined to operate owing to the claimant’s BMI and c) performed the surgery to an inadequate standard/incompetently.
  • Successfully secured discontinuance against the represented NHS bodies in a complex clinical negligence claim, concerning treatment that was carried out in the private sector, but for which the claimant tried to sue the NHS for compensation.
  • Successfully defended a claim brought against a GP and practice nurse for failing to detect that the headaches which preceded a subarachnoid haemorrhage were sentinel headaches and not migraines on behalf of NHS Resolution.

Hempsons

Its 'excellent record' ensures that the team at Hempsons continues to be instructed in some of the most complex and high value cases in the market. The firm's involvement with different legal spheres across the healthcare sector means the department is noted for its ability to 'see the full picture'. Much lauded practice head Mary Menjou handles a roster of cutting-edge medical claims, including those relating to the latest neurosurgical techniques, rare genetic syndromes and gender transition cases; John Holmes is a key contact for claims relating to mental health; Gautam Chawla is singled out as a 'terrific strategist'; and one client notes that 'you can guarantee a good outcome' if Elizabeth Thomas is on a case. The group also continues to benefit from the presence of renowned practitioner Bertie Leigh, who takes on a consultant role.

Practice head(s):

Mary Menjou

Other key lawyers:

John Holmes; Gautam Chawla; Elizabeth Thomas; Harjit Talwar; Sophie Barbour; Bertie Leigh

Testimonials

‘Hempsons has been advising defendants in clinical negligence cases for a long time, with an excellent record and with involvement in numerous cases of the highest authority. They have high quality solicitors across the board and are a “go to” firm for all things medical.’

‘Mary Menjou is amongst the top clin neg partners in healthcare, hugely experienced, pragmatic, and diplomatic!’

‘This is one of the longest established teams working in this field. The great Bertie Leigh still exerts some influence from his lofty consultant’s position – the example he sets permeates the firm: they do things properly. They also benefit from advising in different legal spheres across the healthcare field. They see the full picture.’

‘This team at Hempsons is among the best in the market.’

‘Gautam Chawla is a standout partner who is a delight to work with and a future star. He’s a fighter and a tough negotiator, but this is balanced by the sensitivity with which he deals with cases, as well as his practicality. He’s great at dealing with clients and opponents alike and is a terrific strategist.’

‘The vast majority of my dealings have been with Sophie Barbour and John Holmes, who have without exception been responsive, proactive in their approach ‘

‘Elizabeth Thomas is fantastic – you can guarantee a good outcome with her on the case.’

‘Mary Menjou is a committed litigator who really engages with the detail of a case. Rightly recognised as a star.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Defending a complex claim against one London Trust and two Northern Trusts, concerning an alleged delay in diagnosis of post traumatic psychosis following an incident in China.
  • Acted in a three party litigated case involving part 20 proceedings in a complex cauda equina/spinal damage claim.

Kennedys

The 'universally talented and knowledgeable' offering at Kennedys provides a global service from its London healthcare hub; the firm's international reach ensures that it can provide insight into jurisdictions as wide-ranging as Spain, Israel and Singapore. The team acts for a wide range of NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups, and regularly applies its capacity to 'see the bigger picture and collaborate well' to matters relating to issues of consent, capacity and duty of candour. 'Excellent leader' Christopher Malla's varied caseload spans cerebral palsy, obstetrics, gynaecological, paediatric and high-value spinal and orthopaedic claims. Other notable practitioners within the department include 'innovative collaborator' Ed Glasgow and 'robust litigator' Nico Fabri.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Malla

Other key lawyers:

Nico Fabri; Ed Glasgow; Daniel Freeman; David Froome

Testimonials

‘An experienced and able team who provide very good advice to their clients in a cost-effective way. I have been instructed by many of the the Kennedys’ team and they are almost universally talented and knowledgeable. A particular strength is that the team is very well led by the partners (Christopher Malla, Ed Glasgow and Daniel Freeman) who provide close supervision of all cases and support their junior lawyers to develop into excellent lawyers.’

‘Christopher Malla knows exactly what his clients want (and need) from their lawyers and makes sure they receive it. He is very clever, incredibly hard-working, with excellent judgement. Ed Glasgow is a good, thorough and pragmatic lawyer, who is always accessible if I need to discuss one of the cases that he is supervising. He goes the extra mile to make sure that he provides the best service to his clients. Dan Freeman is a very bright lawyer who is interested in innovative solutions if the case calls for it.’

‘Kennedys are a very supportive firm with the depth of skills to provide a full service. Every member of the team is very knowledgeable and focused on the job in hand while being down to earth and easy to communicate with.’

‘Christopher Malla is an excellent leader who is extremely personable. He strives to keep excellent client relationships. Ed Glasgow is extremely knowledgeable and really focused on the details. He understands the practical difficulties of clients and seeks to find workable solutions.’

‘The Team are all friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable in their field. They are quick to spot inevitable settlers and ensure an economical and pragmatic approach is taken on claims, so that outlay is reduced. They are also robust in pressing for early exchange of liability evidence and settlement meetings in cases we consider are defensible/pressing for discontinuance.’

‘Professional team with substantial skill and experience in defendant clinical negligence work. However they also see the bigger picture and collaborate well with opposing solicitors in order to endeavour to achieve resolution of cases.’

‘Nico Fabri is an excellent, robust litigator who supports his team of lawyers well.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Barts Health NHS Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

MPLC

Allied World

CNA Hardy

Spire Healthcare

Ramsay Health Care

Nuffield Health

Bevan Brittan LLP

The 'impressive' practitioners at Bevan Brittan LLP are recognised experts in cosmetic and aesthetic medical malpractice issues, but are also known for advising on a range of complex neurosurgical, orthopaedic and ophthalmic claims. One client notes that the firm has been 'instructed in many authoritative cases over many years'; this was most recently evidenced by Dan Morris' involvement in the Supreme Court case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. Recent areas of growth for the team include international work and psychiatric cases. The department is also seeing increasing instructions from insurers and independent healthcare providers. Highly regarded practitioner Joanne Easterbrook leads the team, which also includes senior associates Julie Charlton and Penelope Radcliffe.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Easterbrook

Other key lawyers:

Julie Charlton; Dan Morris; Penelope Radcliffe; Catherine Radford

Testimonials

‘The firm has been instructed in many authoritative cases over many years (including in the Supreme Court). Preparation of cases is second to none. The London team is always thinking of ways in which the NHS’ handling of claims could be assisted and costs could be reduced (ie by introducing arbitration/mediation schemes).’

‘Knowledge, both legal and practical, and a realistic view of strengths and weaknesses of cases. The senior individuals will always give the right advice, however unpalatable. I would recommend Joanne Easterbrook, Penelope Radcliffe and Julie Charlton as three of the best senior people, but one of the strengths of the team is the number of high class junior employees they have as well. All are impressive.’

‘The team at BB has strong and longstanding relationships in London with a number of NHS trusts, medical defence organisations and private hospital groups. The team specialises in medical liability and regulatory cases involving all types of health professionals. It provides, I believe, an excellent service to each. The team has good experience and expertise of the medical issues underlying claims and prides itself on giving its clients early, sensible and realistic advice. This helps to reduce the cost of claims and enables the client to fix a sensible reserve at an early stage.’

‘Catherine Radford is a very able lawyer. She is extremely hard working and has good judgement. She also has excellent client care skills. She is also a very experienced litigator and is particularly good with disputes involving several different parties. I have been consistently impressed by her strategic and tactical skills and overall command of the claim. She achieves excellent results for her clients through her clear-sighted identification of the key issues and her success in patiently but firmly negotiating a good outcome with other parties. Julie Charlton is very experienced and dedicated. She too has good judgement and client care skills. She is very focused on the client but is not afraid to call a halt to the defence of a claim which is likely to fail. She is a good and determined negotiator. However, her excellent client care skills do not prevent her giving difficult advice when it is necessary.’

‘Always friendly and kind. Always supportive.’

‘Bevans as a team is great, they are always so helpful and quick to assist us even within a short space of time. they are very responsive and always quick to support. The people are friendly, there’s a good level of diversity and great collaboration.’

Joanne Easterbrook and the Clinical Risk London Team at Bevan Brittan are leaders in their field; they have quality across the board. Always highly knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

CNA Hardy

Allianz

Allied World Assurance Co.

Berkshire Hathaway

States of Jersey

Whttington Healthcare NHS Trust

The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust

Guys & St Thomas’s Healthcare NHS Trust

West London Health Trust

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Seen as a go-to firm for complex, high profile cases and group actions, DAC Beachcroft LLP is noted for its 'strength across the board'. This includes collaboration across a wide network of offices, both nationally and internationally. The 'excellent' firm counts NHS Resolution as a key client, and is also seen as a leading supplier of defendant clinical negligence services to the UK’s largest and most notable blue chip independent healthcare providers. The structure and scale of the practice supports the existence of super-specialisms, including dental, orthopaedic, sports, ophthalmic, and prison health work. As well as national group lead Nigel Montgomery, the department fields recommended practitioners Matthew McGrath and Simon Perkins.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Matthew McGrath; Simon Perkins

Testimonials

‘The clin neg team prepares cases really well. They give sound, pragmatic advice to their lay clients (NHS Resolution, medical defence organisations or insurers). They have some great personalities in their team. Importantly, the team is prepared to fight cases when required and to settle early when that would be prudent.’

‘Strength across the board.’

‘DACB have an excellent clinical negligence defendant practice. They are always responsive, particularly with regard to initial instructions on new claims, and we have utter confidence in their ability to manage our claims. They have their finger on the pulse with legislative and common law developments within the sector and importantly always take a commercial approach to management of claims. We regularly instruct DACB and will continue to do so as they do an excellent job for us and our clients.’

‘Their can-do approach and responsiveness is second to none. They are down to earth and tailor their approach to take on board the knowledge of the recipient. I can trust them to work collaboratively with our insureds, many of whom have minimal litigation experience and can find the process daunting. DACB are able to put these clients at ease. They are also able to work collaboratively with experienced legal clients to provide concise and considered advice.’

‘The ability to work collaboratively is the main stand out feature.’

‘They have good nationwide coverage and strong individuals throughout both the litigation field and also to deal with inquests and other regulatory issues such as fitness to practice hearings. Extensive experience and knowledge and are always very responsive and accommodating to address any specific issues and/or client concerns.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

The Medical Defence Union

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Zurich Global Corporate

RSA

WR Berkley

Bupa Dental

Enstar

Optegra UK

Priory

QBE

Beazley

Neon

Renaissance Re

Bermuda Hospital Board

Newline

MS Amlin

Corvelia

Harley Medical Group

Schoen Clinic UK

Hill Dickinson LLP

A 'range of committed and tenacious lawyers' make up the offering at Hill Dickinson LLP. The team has a broad range of experience acting for organisations across the entirety of the healthcare arena, with instructions from NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society (MPS)forming the largest part of the workload. As well as standing out as a firm of choice for clients from the aesthetic sector, the practice also fields a specialist costs department. Andrew Craggs heads up the national health business group, while Janet McWhinney leads on health litigation in London. Also notable at the senior level is 'first class lawyer' Rebecca Hunt. At the more junior end, one client notes that the 'quality of legal knowledge and legal analysis among the associates is exceptional'; this strength was further enhanced by the recent recruitment of Iwan Thomas and Anoop Chana from Capsticks LLP, Catherine Fox from Collins Solicitors, and Paris Fisher-Aziz from Kennedys.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Janet McWhinney; Rebecca Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Alaw Owen; Lydia Shelton; Iwan Thomas; Anoop Chana; Catherine Fox; Paris Fisher-Aziz

Testimonials

‘Very strong defendant healthcare team.’

‘Partner Rebecca Hunt is a first class lawyer who is tough but sensible and greatly experienced.’

‘Janet McWhinney is as good as it gets in this field. Catherine Fox is experienced and her attention to detail is second to none.’

‘All members of the team are personable and approachable, extremely competent in their field and determined to ensure the best outcome for their client. They benefit from their collaborative approach to the work they do and bring to the table the benefit of the diversity in the team. Their use of technology ensures smooth and secure transfer of information, which makes it easy to deliver the work they require and to do so to the highest standard.’

‘Lydia Shelton is a fiercely intelligent and dedicated solicitor.’

‘The quality of legal knowledge and legal analysis amongst the associates is exceptional’

‘Alaw Owen is extremely able and efficient, always swift with instructions and impressively on top of case.’

‘A range of committed and tenacious lawyers who set themselves apart by the dedication and commitment to their clients.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

Beazley Group

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

NHS England

Care UK

Virgin Care UK

Tasker Insurance

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a high value consent claim at trial on behalf of NHS Resolution.
  • Obtained a discontinuance of a complex case shortly before trial on the basis of a Bolitho defence on behalf of NHS Resolution.
  • Obtained strike out of a case following a successful appeal on the basis of inappropriate judicial intervention on behalf of the Medical Protection Society.

Weightmans LLP

The team at Weightmans LLP is marked out by its 'clear drive to provide investigation, analysis and advice of the highest order'. The firm continues to specialise in organ transplant and blood donor matters, and is also noted for its expertise in group claims. Increasingly, the group has been seeing more cases relating to GPs and the recent arrival of 'huge and stellar addition' Warren Forsyth, who joined  from the Medical Protection Society, has ensured that the department is well equipped to handle this type of work. In other key developments, Isobel Michie, who 'handles a large caseload of the most complex cases with considerable skill', was promoted to legal director. Rachel Kneale leads the practice, and offers a 'superb strategic overview'.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:

Isobel Michie; Paul Thomson; Kiran Sekhon; Warren Forsyth; Nicola Shand

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced, great knowledge of a fast moving and complex sector.’

‘Its delivery of services in the clinical negligence field is of an excellent standard. The strength of the firm is that it delivers across all of the required parameters; knowledge; analysis; technology; teamwork; individual character and personality – over all of its sites. The organisational memory is impressive having been involved in this sector from the beginning and performing consistently well throughout.’

‘Rachel Kneale offers a superb strategic overview of the sector. Paul Thomson is knowledgeable and effective.’

‘The firm has a clear drive to provide investigation, analysis and advice of the highest order. All aspects of this work and its delivery make it stand out.’

‘Weightmans’ clinical negligence team is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced team. Their strengths lie in the attention to detail and tactical approach to cases.’

‘Rachel Kneale has an unrivalled knowledge of the issues arising in high value quantum claims. Always calm and assured, she instils complete confidence and provides effective supervision of a strong team. Isobel Michie handles a large caseload of the most complex cases with considerable skill: she has excellent judgement and always takes a pragmatic and commercial approach.’

‘Knowledgeable and effective.’

‘Warren Forsyth has joined from MPS – this is a huge and stellar addition to the Weightmans team.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Public Health England

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

South London and the Maudsley NHS FT

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Camden and Islington NHS FT

CFC Underwriting Limited

IDH Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS FT and NHS Resolution in a sensitive case which concerned a claimant who sustained an epidural haematoma during the course of delivery of her first child, resulting in paralysis, and secured a capitalised value of £4.7m, nearly 50% less than claimed.
  • Represented Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and NHS Resolution in a case concerning alleged delay in diagnosis and treatment of Group B Streptococcus infection in the days following the claimant’s birth in 2015, leading to GBS meningitis and catastrophic brain injury.
  • Acting for Camden and Islington NHS FT and NHS Resolution in a case concerning a claimant who was a mental health patient and suffered with Asperger’s syndrome, autistic spectrum disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, and who jumped from a second floor unrestricted hospital window suffering significant orthopaedic and spinal injuries.

BLM

BLM's offering is able to 'work across all aspects of healthcare law equally comfortably', boasting a caseload which ranges from inquests, to claims and inquiries, to regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. The key names to note are Greg McEwen, who has a particular interest in claims involving cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, as well as group litigation and product liability; 'excellent legal mind' Rosie Shapiro, for whom optical issues are a core area of focus; and newly promoted partner Ella Partner, whose clinical negligence experience includes defending high value spinal injury and spina bifida cases.

Practice head(s):

Greg McEwen

Other key lawyers:

Rosie Shapiro; Ella Partner

Testimonials

‘BLM have an outstanding defendant clin neg team. They work across all aspects of healthcare law equally comfortably, covering regulatory and disciplinary work, and representing clinicians in such significant hearings as the Infected Blood Public Inquiry. They handle clinical negligence claims of the highest value.’

‘Rosie Shapiro has outstanding legal and client care skills. Insurers of healthcare providers and health professionals trust her completely to defend claims against them with consummate skill.’

‘They are a firm with very high standards who are a key player in the market.’

‘Rosie Shapiro deserves special mention as an excellent legal mind and lovely person.’

‘I have worked with Greg McEwen over the past 3 years or so on a single group action. I have found him to be very competent, very direct (in a good way) and possessing a sense of perspective.’

Key clients

Royal College of Nursing

Hiscox

Harley Medical Group

Zurich

Specsavers

RSA

HCA

FODO

Hamilton Group

Axis

All Med Pro

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP fields 'determined but realistic litigators who know which fights to pick and achieve good results for their client'. The team handles the full range of clinical negligence claims, ranging from missed fractures to avoidable brain damage, for every conceivable type of healthcare provider. The group's medical malpractice capability is complimented by the firm's highly regarded healthcare law department, which regularly handles regulatory and commercial work, as well as advising on matters concerning digital health. The offering in London is overseen by 'particularly impressive' practitioner Matthew Trinder, while Lorna Hardman acts as the national practice head.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Trinder

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Hardman

Testimonials

‘Determined but realistic litigators who know which fights to pick and achieve good results for their client.’

‘Matthew Trinder is a particularly impressive litigator with a good grasp of both tactics and strategy.’

‘Strengths include attentiveness, responsiveness, support, honesty and consideration.’

‘From the moment I had my first contact with Browne Jacobson and my initial telephone conversation with Matthew Trinder, I felt an immediate connection and empathy at a time of terrible stress, pressure and pain of being in a hopeless position. Unfortunately, we were faced with an upward struggle and task in battling a very difficult opponent. I felt that BJ were on my side from the start and never made false promises and were readily contactable.’

‘Matthew Trinder is most efficient, most prompt and professional. Very responsive and his advice never fails. He is also super supportive of his clients. He is also very honest when it comes to billing. He is aware that we are self-paying so he does not take advantage of our vulnerability and is considerate and sympathetic to our finances.’

‘Matthew Trinder is a “go-to” partner for the largest clinical negligence cases.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

BMI Healthcare

The Doctors Laboratory

Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Gynae Centre

Care UK

Spire Healthcare

Hiscox

Lundbeck A/S

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Resolution and Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in a case which will proceed to a Second Appeal before the Court of Appeal and is likely to have profound consequences for secondary victim claims in clinical negligence contexts.
  • Successfully defended an Equality Act claim on behalf of a GP practice at trial.
  • Represented the Medical Protection Society and obtained a finding of fundamental dishonesty in relation to a claim brought by a glamour model.

Keoghs LLP

Noted for its 'outstanding technical knowledge', the team at Keoghs LLP continues to specialise in policy coverage issues and matters with a nexus to both the healthcare and sporting worlds. The firm focuses on representing private sector providers, both corporates and individuals, as well as their insurers, and counts Premier League Clubs among its core clients. The group also regularly acts in complex inquests, both nationally and internationally. 'Extremely effective leader' Sian Davies is supported by a range of lauded practitioners, including 'brilliant and informed partner' Jason Howarth. Consultant Daniel Meltzer oversees the sports-related work.

Practice head(s):

Sian Davies

Other key lawyers:

Jason Howarth; Oonagh Webster; Jamie Colman; Daniel Meltzer; David Bowes

Testimonials

‘This is a very strong clinical negligence department, specialising in insurance work in the clinical negligence sector. The team is bright and young, and extremely well led by Sian Davies. They are strong on tactics, deliver fast and accurate responses to their opponents, and are extremely diligent in the instructions they take.’

‘Sian Davies is an extremely effective leader, taking a personal interest in all the cases. She is a canny strategist, and her instincts are first rate. If there is ever a solicitor who will pilot a case to a safe landing, it is Davies. Other strong members of her team include Oonagh Webster, who is a rising star in this field.’

‘Keoghs’ clinical negligence defendant practice are our “go to” team when we have a claim requiring exceptional industry knowledge, attentive and responsive lawyers, and exceptional client management. Their ability to navigate clients through the litigation process is unparalleled. The team is friendly, attentive and we trust them to handle our claims.’

‘The team is led by the exceptional Sian Davies who, as head of department, is a credit to the firm and to the sector. She is incredibly experienced and is wonderful at managing clients. Jamie Colman is an encyclopaedia of legal knowledge and one of the most trusted lawyers we have instructed. Jason Howarth is a brilliant and informed partner who always takes a commercial approach to management and settlement of claims.’

‘This team have outstanding technical knowledge and get to the heart of any matter quickly and in detail. They have an ability to identify and address key issues rather than get weighed down with minutiae.’

‘ Jason Howarth has the excellent ability to draw multiple threads together and progress extremely complex matters with many participants, often taking the lead role, and always with confidence and acuity.’

‘The team demonstrates good technical depth and strategic insight. Each case is supervised to ensure a high quality and consistent service delivery.’

‘Jamie Colman brings a wealth of experience to the clinical negligence team and ensures that whilst cases are supervised, his team are empowered to develop their own abilities and flair.’

Key clients

Beazley

Bourn Hall Clinic

Enstar

MS Amlin

Nuffield Health

The Private Clinic of Harley Street

Transform – The Hospital Group

RPC

At RPC, 'superb tactician' Dorothy Flower 'runs a very tight ship with hand picked juniors of extremely high calibre'. A wide range of notable clients from the independent sector instruct the team to act in the full cycle of issues that can face healthcare organisations and practitioners. Areas of particular strength for the firm include group actions, cases concerning reproductive and fertility services, mental health matters and claims involving international issues. Senior associate Sian Morgan is among the team's recommended lawyers, with one client singling her out as a 'rare gem'.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:

Sian Morgan; James Davies; Natalie Drew; Emma Kislingbury

Testimonials

‘Sian Morgan is a legend. I have never come across anyone who comes close to her skill and ability. I never have to worry that she hasn’t thought of something. She always goes the extra mile. Her thought processes are impressive. I don’t even have to worry about her invoices. I wish I could instruct her on every claim. She understands the balance between insurance commercial considerations and legal battles. She’s a rare gem.’

‘Dorothy Flower, head of department, is a titan in the world of clinical negligence defence. A superb tactician with a mastery of many briefs. She runs a very tight ship with hand picked juniors of extremely high calibre – there are no weak links in the chain. A consistently high standard provided whether for an individual or an organisation.’

‘Emma Kislingbury was helpful and friendly.’

‘Dorothy Flower is the very experienced and respected partner in charge and has a solid team working with her.’

‘Sian Morgan has a wealth of knowledge, is pragmatic and considers all angles. Emma Kislingbury is extremely experienced and hard working.’

Key clients

Spire Healthcare plc

Royal Sun Alliance

QBE

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

AXIS

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

MYA Cosmetic Surgery Ltd

Chubb

Corvelia

Enstar

Renaissance Re

CNA Hardy

Work highlights

  • Representing the Capital Air Ambulance and Corvelia at an inquest in defence of a high value claim with multiple defendants and complex jurisdictional and cross-border issues.
  • Successfully opposed a misguided costs claim against the client, who was a joint expert, in a case where a powerful global company misled him as to his role and turned ‘hostile’.
  • Represented Spire Healthcare and Royal Sun Alliance in the defence of potential group litigation against a private hospital arising from the actions of single urologist.

DWF

Under the leadership of Tracy Sell-Peters, the practice at DWF brings a 'pragmatic' approach to a wide range of neurological, orthopaedic and paediatric claims. The firm regularly leverages its expertise in regulatory, criminal, disciplinary and inquest law to successfully resolve claims. Other core team members include Will Marshall, Joanne Staphnill and Vicki Swanton.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Sell-Peters

Other key lawyers:

Will Marshall; Joanne Staphnill; Vicki Swanton

Testimonials

‘All fee earners are responsive when emailed and across the team there is a wide range of skills and knowledge. Matters are well placed depending on skillsets. Fee earners are always polite and professional. Approaches to matters are often pragmatic and commercial with a sound focus on resolving claims.’

Key clients

Argo Global

RenaissanceRe

Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd

Axis Managing Agency Ltd

Acacium Group

W/R/B Underwriting Ltd

HCA

Alliance Medical Indemnity

Hiscox

Newline Group