Terrence Donovan > Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kingsley Napley LLP
20 Bonhill Street

Work Department

Clinical negligence and personal injury.


Head of the medical negligence and personal injury department. Terry acts in very high value and complex cases, and frequently represents professional clients claiming substantial loss of income due to injuries. He also specialises in claims concerning accidents abroad, and serious sexual abuse cases.


Articled Boyd & Hutchinson 1986; qualified 1988; assistant solicitor Richards Butler (commercial litigation); assistant solicitor Compton Carr (began specialisation in clinical negligence); partner Bolt Burdon (clinical negligence); partner Bindman & Partners 1996; partner Kingsley Napley 2003. Publications of note: contribution to Inns of Court Bar Finals training material ‘Dealing with the Professional Client’; contribution chapter to ‘Advising Clients with HIV and Aids’ (Butterworths). Frequently lectures on medico-legal issues. Co-ordinator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Clinical Negligence Special Interest Group.


AvMA clinical negligence referral panel member; APIL accredited senior litigator


Reading University (1980 BA Hons).


Member of Kingsley Napley choir, tennis, reading, gardening, being with family.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals)

Terrence DonovanKingsley Napley LLP

The clinical negligence and personal injury team at Kingsley Napley LLP is led by ‘one of London’s doyens of clinical negligence’ Terrence Donovan. Its caseload consists largely of handling complex claims, including such elements as birth injury; amputation; spinal injury; catastrophic and fatal injury; and delayed diagnoses. In addition, the team is experienced in handling high-value psychiatric negligence claims, often involving suicide and inquests. Specialist in spinal injury, gastrointestinal injury and loss of vision Eurydice Cote and catastrophic spinal, brain injury and consent expert Richard Lodge are described as ‘outstanding’. Recently made up ‘stand-out’ partner Laura Sylvester is another practitioner to watch.