Clinical negligence: defendant in South East


Brachers has a reputable team, known for its diligent work for professional health services, where the firm holds a number of long-standing clients. Led by Maidstone-based Scott Alexander, the group has been handling high-value specialist claims and has recently undertaken advisory work for two general practitioner clients. John Sheath has over three decades of healthcare law experience under his belt and represents doctors and medical staff.

Practice head(s):

Scott Alexander

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Humphrey

Key clients

The Medical Defence Union

The Dental Defence Union

Specsavers Optical Group

Medway Maritime NHS Foundation Trust

DAC Beachcroft LLP

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, the team regularly acts for blue-chip companies, corporate insurers and the largest national health-care provider in high-value medical malpractice claims. Department co-head Matthew Mcgrath specialises in clinical risk, and Anthea Lane has a focus on dental negligence. Heather Durston-Hillyer is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Matthew McGrath; Nigel Montgomery; Heather Durston-Hillyer

Other key lawyers:

Anthea Lane


‘Belinda Dix and Heather Durston-Hillyer stand out as partners who genuinely care about their clients and go above and beyond when I have needed help and advice.’

James Bolton went out of his way to make sure we were fully prepared and was courteous and reassuring at all times.’

‘The team is highly experienced, extremely helpful, supportive, and has integrity.’

‘Their advice is balanced and sensible.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS FT

Poole Hospital NHS FT

Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT

Great Western Hospitals NHS FT

Salisbury NHS FT

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Trust in defending a claim for damages arising from alleged negligent treatment in relation to the patient’s psychiatric condition causing her to fatally stab her own mother.
  • Represented NHS Trust in c £18m claim brought by a patient who intended to pursue a Paralympian career but suffered neurological damage following medical treatment provided by the Trust.
  • Acted for NHS trust in a c£22m claim for a brain injury sustained at birth by the claimant.

Gordons Partnership LLP

The team at Gordons Partnership LLP has established a reputation for managing complex clinical negligence claims, particularly in the field of medical defense. Iain Pickering has recently handled a wide range of high-value and often medically complex claims, securing a £1m damages settlement at the beginning of this year. Other key figures include Alison Harden, practice head Charles Atkins, and Neil Grant, who joined as a partner from Ridouts LLP.

Practice head(s):

Charles Atkins

Other key lawyers:

Iain Pickering, Richard Creamer; Neil Grant; Alison Harden


The team at BLM is renowned for its clinical negligence practice which is concentrated in the healthcare sector where the team acts on behalf of the Medical Protection Society. Led out of Southampton, practice head Joe Wakeford, who also practices in the firm's Bristol office, has over 25 years of experience with a particular focus on mental health work. Stephanie Castell handles large claims around catastrophic injury, and Clare Garnett is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Joe Wakeford

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Castell


Excellent service

Clare Garnett’s knowledge is fantastic