Clinical negligence: defendant in South West

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP acts for key clients such as NHS Resolution in test cases such as those involving Do Not Resuscitate Orders, establishing remit of victim status and successfully challenging attempt to establish systematic failure as a ground for recovery. Practice head Joanna Lloyd has a particular emphasis on brain injury cases as well as on group and cohort action. The firm also handles historic abuse claims.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lloyd

Key clients

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

2Gether NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT

2Gether NHS Foundation Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended of an action brought against  Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust Foundation at trial. Action was by a patient claiming being victim of a negligent surgery.
  • Successfully defended at trial Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust Foundation on allegations of avoidable brain damage.
  • Advised on the resolution of a group litigation relating to negligent gynecological care involving Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Successfully defended Yeovil District Hospital Foundation at trial of claimant’s management of a rare vascular condition.
  • Successfully rebutted clinical negligence action against Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust relating to an admission to investigate symptoms of a stroke

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles legacy liability claims for NHS England. Practice co-head Nigel Montgomery is experienced in the management of group actions as well as catastrophic injury work. Practice co-head Rachel Roberts-Jenkins has expertise in advising on birth injury and brain damage claims as well as claims arising from rectal mesh. The firm also provides advice on risk management and drafts policy wordings.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Montgomery; Rachel Roberts-Jenkins


DAC Beachcroft works hard at ensuring that the needs of the Defendant Trusts and clinicians are put at the heart of the claims management process.

The go-to legal team is exemplary. It is efficient, effective, supportive and available to assist. It advises and delivers on agreed assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of any cases. The advice is absolutely excellent.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Zurich Global Corporate


WR Berkley

Bupa Dental


Optegra UK





Renaissance Re

Bermuda Hospital Board


MS Amlin


Work highlights

  • Successfully acted in Court of Appeal proceedings in the case of a criminal client with lacking mental capacity, which clarified the law on the illegality defence in tort.