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Andrew Craggs

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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Head of health litigation team, health business group.


Head of the health litigation team at Hill Dickinson LLP leading teams in Liverpool, Manchester and London, also client relationship partner for the NHS Litigation Authority. Work includes clinical negligence and EL/PL claims for NHS LA. Nominated partner for both clinical negligence claims and EL/PL claims for NHS LA. Specialist interest in stress/bullying claims and patient safety in the NHS.


Trained Hill Dickinson 1998-2000; qualified 2000; partner 2006; member 2010 to date; editor ‘Healthcare Update Bulletin’; has had a number of articles published in the Health Service Journal.


Liverpool Law Society.


Blue Coat School, Liverpool; Brunel University (1997 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law, Chester (1998 LPC with Distinction).


Running, gardening.

London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Hill Dickinson LLP's lawyers are a 'pleasure to work with' and deal with 'incredibly complex cases in a firm and reassuring manner'. The firm is described as 'one of the very best in terms of efficiency', with 'good response rates' and 'exceptional industry knowledge'. It was appointed to the NHSR's London panel and was one of two firms appointed to the MPS's panel. Other clients include private healthcare providers such as Priory Group, Care UK, Virgin Care and major trusts, as well as Health Education England, for which it is the sole legal provider. Key figures include Andrew Craggs, who specialises in stress/bullying claims involving the NHS; Janet Mcwhinney, who is 'measured, focused and efficient'; the 'very experienced and calm' David Locke; and Joanne Hughes, who 'the rising star of the team'.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Craggs - Hill Dickinson LLP

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Hill Dickinson LLP's team of 'experienced, able and capable litigators'  ‘runs like a well-oiled machine; work is appropriately delegated to junior fee earners who are effectively supervised and supported’. Andrew Craggs is a ‘dynamic and effective leader of the practice’; David Locke  is ‘commercially savvy and sensible. He gets straight to the heart of the case and makes the right decisions at the right time’. Richard Watson  is ‘a vastly experienced and thorough litigator who is empathetic with his clients and courteous to his opponents’. Philip Bradbury  is an ‘exceptional technical lawyer who assesses each case with conspicuous care’. Also recommended are the 'calm and realisticIan Gardiner  and the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Leslie. The team was joined by the ‘hardworking and energetic’ Lisa Nabou from BLM . Clients include NHS Resolution, MPS, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust in addition to Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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North West: Public sector


Within: Health

Andrew Craggs heads a ‘very strong team’ at Hill Dickinson LLP . The ‘excellent and very experiencedSharon Thomas  is recommended for her work in mental health and court of protection. Joanna Trewin  led the advice to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in its application to the court of protection about a patient who was in a minimally conscious state and was determined by the court to lack capacity. The issue before the court was whether it was lawful and in her interests to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, medication and neurological rehabilitation. In another key matter it is advising Health Education England on the content of an overarching privacy notice to ensure compliance with the forthcoming GDPR. Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT, NHS Warrington CCG and St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust are also clients.

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