Clinical negligence: defendant in West Midlands

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP handles the full gamut of clinical negligence matters for NHS trusts. It is representing a number of health providers in various group actions involving single practitioners and organisations where systemic issues have arisen. It also demonstrates specialist expertise in complex Human Rights Act cases involving issues such as ‘Do Not Resuscitate Orders’, among others. Adrian Dagnall and Tim Hodgetts are names to note in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Easterbrook (London);Tim Hodgetts; Adrian Dagnall;


Tim Hodgetts is practical and sensible‘.

Key clients

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted in the successful defence of claim relating to a fall in a hospital with costs recovery enforced against the CFA insurers direct.
  • Acted in the successful defence of a complex claim arising out of allegedly negligently reviewed cervical smears.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a large medical malpractice team, which acts for both NHS trusts nationally and major private healthcare providers. The first-rate team advises on a myriad of complex cases, and has secured many favourable liability settlements on cerebral palsy cases and other cases involving brain damage and catastrophic injury. It also has a large and respected healthcare inquest team. Practice head Sarah White, who is an NHSR-nominated partner, has a wealth of experience in high value claims. Rachael Morris made partner.

Practice head(s):

Sarah White

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Morris; Emma Rees

Key clients

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Acting in a high profile case in which the team is dealing with contempt of court proceedings on behalf of a NHS trust.
  • Acted in a key case on informed consent.
  • Acted in the successful defence of obstetric case.
  • Acheived a discontinuance in breast cancer case.
  • Achieved a discontinuance in a hip surgery case.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading advisers to NHS healthcare bodies on all areas of litigation. Its first-rate team regularly handles complex and high-value cases, and is particularly strong in claims against ambulance services, the former NHS Direct and other telephone triage systems. It is currently handling two large ongoing group claims in the Midlands. Tony Yeaman leads the firm's national NHS Resolution engagement. Jasmine Armstrong made partner.

Practice head(s):

Tony Yeaman; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong


Jasmine Armstrong and Deborah Bannister are both organised, know their cases, promote a collaborative working relationship and are practical‘.

Key clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust


Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

Weight to Go

Royal Sun Alliance


Work highlights

  • Secured a trial success on a high-value stroke case for Midlands Partnership NHS Trust.
  • Represented University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust in the dismissal of a claim at trial about the hospital’s management of an overdose of drugs and alcohol.
  • Represented Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT in the dismissal of a claim relating to  several weeks’ intensive care of a baby following premature delivery and the need for major abdominal surgery.