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Stephen King

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Admitted as a solicitor in 1986. Joined Mills & Reeve in 1989, becoming a partner in 1993.  Lead role in the development of the firm’s defence liability work in the health sector. Managing a respected and acknowledged national team specialising in medical malpractice, product liability and health sector liability work. The work sits within the firm’s general insurance subsector which is part of the diverse work of the wider insurance group. A previous member of the Editorial Board of the Sweet and Maxwell publication ‘Journal of Personal Injury Law’. He has written and spoken widely on his subject area. His clients are insurers of risks arising in the health sector, from clinical trials and product manufacturing to hospital groups, care providers and the medical professions and their insurers. He oversees the work of the firm’s claims handling unit, or CHU ( a TPA offering), and its work on the claims solutions the firm offers to its insurer and corporate healthcare clients. He also participates in the firm’s 24/7 emergency out of hours helpline ‘Mills & Reeve First Response’.

Often advising on coverage issues, his work and that of his team includes class actions, public enquiries and judicial review as well as catastrophic injury cases, and high profile cases that are novel or repercussive in terms of reputational protection.


Trained Hegarty & Co; admitted 1986; Mills & Reeve 1989 to date; partner 1993. Former editorial board member of the Journal of Personal Injury Law.




St Wilfrid’s School, Featherstone, West Yorkshire; Bristol Polytechnic BA (Hons) Law.


Cycling, sailing, ancient history, music.

East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Stephen King in Norwich leads the national medical malpractice group at Mills & Reeve LLP, which is praised by clients for its 'excellent provision of services that are prompt, to-the-point and relatively inexpensive'. King has a broad insurance defence practice that includes defending the NHS and some of its largest teaching trusts, as well as acting for independent healthcare providers, multi-national corporations, specialist associations and individual practitioners. He has niche expertise in Mental Capacity Act matters. Senior associate Matthew Wilson has a professional negligence practice that includes the defence of claims against surgeons, as well as complex coverage issues. One recent case led by King involved the defence of an insurer in matters arising from a mass litigation in the US, which led to claims in the UK concerning health problems allegedly caused by defective mesh products used to repair tissue prolapses. He also represented an insurer and a provider of urgent care in a claim brought by an individual who sought treatment for a hand injury caused in a fall. The matter concerns alleged delays in the review of x-rays and treatment. Virgin Care, Zurich Global and Global Diagnostics are among the firm's clients.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen King - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Professional negligence

The service from Mills & Reeve LLP‚Äės defendant practice is ‚Äėprofessional and comprehensive with timely responses‚Äė. One client notes that 'it is¬†one of the leading firms in the country for professional negligence with¬†unrivalled experience across the range of professions'. Insurance disputes specialist¬†Stephen King, who frequently handles claims against¬†solicitors and clinicians, and¬†Neil Davies, whose work includes matters involving the construction industry, surveyors and insurance brokers, are co-heads of the practice. Davies and¬†principal associate¬†Clare Howard¬†are¬†known for 'pragmatic advice and successful outcomes'. Clients also recommend 'extremely able' senior associate¬†Matthew Wilson¬†and associate¬†Sophie Howard. The firm counts Countrywide plc, Sompo Canopius, CNA Hardy, Travelers and Pen Underwriting among its clients. Consultant¬†Guy Hodgson, who previously led the insurance disputes practice, remains keenly involved in matters involving¬†policy and coverage advice, and handles claims against solicitors. The firm's highlights included a high-value claim against a contractor who failed to identify and remove asbestos from a commercial building, causing delay to a major refurbishment project.

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