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David Locke

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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Health business group, NHSLA team.


A solicitor-advocate with higher rights of audience, regularly appearing in appeals and High Court matters on behalf clients. On a day-to-day basis, manages a caseload of maximum severity and multi-party clinical negligence claims on behalf of NHS Trusts, with a number of trial successes. Expertise relating in particular to the innovative management of complex group litigation, notably the Liverpool urogynaecology litigation and the Leicester epilepsy litigation. The ADR Protocol devised in the Liverpool litigation has now been widely adopted as the standard model in NHS group actions and has been updated following the changes to civil litigation funding rules. Has consulted on various other group actions including matters outside of the health sector.


Trained Cripps Harris Hall 2002-04; qualified 2004; solicitor Browne Jacobson LLP 2004-07; solicitor Hill Dickinson LLP 2007-08, associate 2008-2012, partner 2012 to date; publications of note: ‘Reflections of a reluctant Claimant’ – PIBU Journal, 18 September 2012; ‘Changing Lanes’, New Law Journal, 17 August 2012; ‘New Lease of Life – ADR’, New Law Journal, 21 May 2010; ‘If the Cap Fits’, Law Society Gazette, 30 August 2007.


Law Society; Law Society advocacy section; Specialist of the Institute of Risk Management; Medico-legal Society.


Holy Family RC High School, Thomton; University of Liverpool (2000 LLB (hons)); Chester College of Law (2001); University of Liverpool (2002 LLM).


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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

David Locke - 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 realistic' Ian 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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