Ms Jane Weakley > Fieldfisher > London, England > Lawyer Profile


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Medical Negligence Solicitors


I am a partner in Fieldfisher’s Clinical Negligence Team. I have more than 20 years’ experience in medical law. I specialise in the interests and rights of birth-injured children – particularly those affected with catastrophic injuries where compensation awards are very high to ensure provision for the child’s future needs.

In 2018 I agreed a settlement for a 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and complex cognitive and behavioural needs to the value of £33 million, the award being one of the largest of its kind and the largest ever for a teenager.

My cases regularly receive media interest. I have been quoted in the national and local press and interviewed on national TV and radio. In 2018, I appeared on BBC2’s the Victoria Derbyshire Show with a client who spoke about cerebral palsy via eye-gaze technology.

I lecture on best practice in obstetric cases and have given presentations to the Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (London), the Children’s Trust for Children with Brain Injury (Surrey), Chailey Heritage School (East Sussex) and SCOPE (London).


I am a Law Society accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist, a member of the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel and an APIL Fellow.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals)

Jane Weakley Fieldfisher

The team at Fieldfisher is led by ‘titan in the clinical negligence field’ Paul McNeil, and is recognised for its ability to act on the most complex cases in this area, with a particular focus on those including birth complications; genetic metabolic disorders; delayed diagnoses of cancer; spinal injuries, cerebral palsy and psychiatric injury. The team acts on cases of varying financial level, though claims are often for values in the multi-millions; ‘ferociously hard-working’ partner Samantha Critchley is currently acting for a premature baby on a case with an estimated value of £30m. The team is often able to provide its clients with early rehabilitation and has international reach. Kate Rohde‘s presence continues to inspire praise from the market. Catastrophic injury specialist Jane Weakley is a consistent standout in the team, as is former doctor Iona Meeres-Young. Legal director Caron Heyes is known for her work with charities including Child Bereavement UK, Inquest and Mencap, while senior associate Suzanne Farg, who joined from Kingsley Napley LLP in April 2021, is also one to watch. Mark Bowman and Jonathan Zimmern complete the roster of recommended practitioners.