Clinical negligence: defendant in North

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is well-known across medical defence organisations, insurers and the NHS Resolution. The firm’s medical malpractice law team acts for insurers and insureds in a range of clinical defence matters. David Weatherburn has expertise in volume claims portfolios as well as appellate court work. He leads the team with Neil Rowe, who has ‘excellent judgment and tactical know-how’.

Practice head(s):

David Weatherburn; Neil Rowe


‘DAC Beachcroft is probably the market leader in defendant healthcare. Its strength lies in the depth of experience across all of its offices, putting it ahead of its competitors.’

‘Neil Rowe is an outstanding partner in Newcastle. He has huge experience in large scale litigation, including group actions.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution



HC One


Bupa Dental

Care UK


States of Jersey

MS Amlin Inc




Allied World

WR Berkeley





NHS England



Marie Stopes


Work highlights

  • A clinical negligence claim was brought in respect of ABC’s management of his delivery at XFT.
  • Represented  the client at an Interlocutory Application hearing, pursued by the Defendant, regarding whether admissions of liability, made on the basis of preliminary expert opinion, could be withdrawn even after they had been formalised in a consent order agreeing to judgement to be entered and approved by the court.
  • Represents a Defendant NHS Trust in a discreet cohort of claims relating to contamination of steroid fluid.
  • Instructed by the NHSR to act as lead on all vaginal mesh claims against the NHS in England relating to mesh products used in surgical management of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
  • Advising Spire in relation to explanation and settlement agreements regarding the implantation of silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade rather than clinical grade silicon, thought to predispose to rupture/leak.

Ward Hadaway

A member of the NHS Resolution CNST clinical negligence panel, Ward Hadaway handles claims involving serious injuries, notably those arising out of birth injuries. The practice also has a particular expertise in risk management. Jeffrey Keeble is an expert in high-value birth injury claims and regularly advises as part of the firm’s urgent response team, on issues such as consent, confidentiality, capacity and mental health matters. He leads the team with Nicola Richardson, who specialises in high-profile clinical negligence litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Keeble; Nicola Richardson

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation

North-East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

NHS North Cumbria CCG

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS

Gateshead Health NHS FT

Cumbria Partnership & North Cumbria Uni

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Intraining Group Limited

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Hartlepool & Stockton CCG

NHS South Tees CCG

Northern Life Care Ltd t/a ubu

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Gro

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield

NHS North of England Commissioning Suppo

University Of Newcastle

Delta Academies Trust

Tyneside Surgical Services Limited

Saint John of God Hospitaller Services

Gainford Care Homes Limited

St. Oswalds Hospice

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Found