Stephanie Prior > Osbornes > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Medical negligence.


Stephanie is head of medical negligence at Osbornes, with a particular focus on child and adult brain injury cases, fatal cases, obstetric and gynaecological cases, ophthalmology and complex spinal injury cases. Stephanie practiced as a registered nurse for over ten years before qualifying as a lawyer brings to the department an in-depth knowledge of medical practice and procedure, which differentiates her from many of other clinical negligence lawyers. Stephanie has chaired and spoken at the AvMA Medicine for Lawyers conference and lectures on clinical negligence to post graduate medical students at Bart’s Hospital and to forensic medical examiners for the police. Stephanie also holds a diploma and is an examiner in forensic medical science (DipFMS) and is the legal editor of ;Medicine, Science and the Law; and contributes to the journal by providing quarterly case reports. She also contributes to JPIL bimonthly. She is also an examiner for the Dip(FMS). Stephanie is regularly contacted by the BBC for commentary on clinical negligence-related stories. She has lectured on brain injury resulting from medical negligence to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers .


Specialist medical negligence panel, AvMA Referral Panel; member of and senior litigator status, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel; founding fellow and member, Academic Advisory Board of the newly established Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences (AFMS).

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London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

The team at Osbornes is co-chaired by personal injury department head Stuart Kightley; head of child abuse and clinical negligence Stephanie Prior, who has acted on such high profile claims as those made by the abuse victims of Jimmy Saville; and head of catastrophic injury Ben Posford, who is described as being ‘one of the leading catastrophic injury lawyers in the country’. The team deals with multi-million pound, often multifaceted claims, involving such factors as severe brain, psychiatric, gynaecological and spinal injury, major trauma, amputation and fatality. Sophie Davies specialises in brain injury and lower limb amputation cases. The team is the official legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign, and Andrew Middlehurst has a growing specialism in cycling claims and in the laws around e-scooters. Notably, multiple members of the team are fluent in various eastern European languages. Recently appointed partner Sam Collard is one to watch. ‘Brilliant negotiatorRobert Aylott is another key team member.

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

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Stephanie Prior Osbornes

Stephanie Prior, leading spokesperson on the high profile maternity scandal cases involving many NHS Trusts and head of the clinical negligence offering at Osbornes, is described as having ‘superb judgement and a medical knowledge that is second to none’. The team’s workload has particular emphasis on fatal claims; misdiagnoses and failure to diagnose; birth injuries; child and adult obstetric injuries; and ophthalmic claims. In addition, the team has a specialism in spinal injury work, with Ben Posford being described as the ‘undisputed powerhouse’ of cauda equina cases. The team also has a clear focus on diversity and inclusion, with fifty percent of its partners being female. It is also standout for its proportion of bilingual fee-earners and its resultant ability to comfortably assist clients for whom English is not their first language. Jodi Newton, described as a ‘true specialist’ and ‘star in the making’, is developing a reputation for her expertise in cases involving both cerebral palsy and childbirth issues.