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Dorothy Flower

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Partner specialising in clinical negligence claims, health law advice and representation, and clinical trials. One of the leading medical malpractice lawyers in the UK, Dorothy heads up RPC's Medical/Life Sciences team.

Dorothy acts for a variety of medical malpractice insurers, private hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organisations, and individual healthcare practitioners in the defence of a wide range of claims. She has particular expertise in reproductive healthcare, including infertility and an interest in psychiatric cases and in human rights. Dorothy advises on all aspects of medical law, including regulation and inquests, and has expertise in clinical trials and pharmaceuticals.


Trained Reynolds Porter Chamberlain; qualified 1992; partner 1999.


Honor Oak Grammar School; Exeter University (1989 LLB Hons).


Dancing; gardening; walking; opera; theatre; books.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

RPC is 'notable for its experience in complex and challenging cases'. The team stands out for its insurance law expertise and although it occasionally acts for regulators, it predominantly conducts defence work in the firm's key areas of accountancy, healthcare, insolvency practitioners, financial services, and legal services. The practice is co-headed by Dorothy Flower  and the 'excellent' legal director Graham Reid . Amy Gallimore is also recommended. Richard Burger joined DWF.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Dorothy Flower - RPC

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

The 'commercial, strategic and pragmatic' practice at RPC defends against a range of substantial and highly complex claims, with notable expertise in cases involving general surgery, reproductive healthcare, clinical trials, psychiatric injury and cauda equina. Key work in 2017 includes claims concerning cosmetic and bariatric surgery, large group actions and international issues. The 'very experienced and high skilled' team works with private hospital groups, clinics, hospices, international assistance organisations, home carer services and individual practitioners. Head of Department and 'star performer' Dorothy Flower  led the team defending consultant surgeon Ian Paterson and Spire Healthcare and NHS Trust in high-profile litigation concerning the performance of unorthodox mastectomies and other unnecessary surgical procedures. The 'hardworking' and 'very friendly' Rowan Brown is noted for her 'good attention to detail'; sheis experienced in group litigation and matters with international focus.

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Product liability: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Dorothy Flower - RPC

Within: Product liability: defendant

The product liability practice at RPC¬†¬†is particularly well regarded for its work in the medical and life sciences industries. Practice head¬†Dorothy Flower¬†(‚Äėtruly exceptional; unflappable under pressure and a real intellectual heavyweight‚Äô) is acting alongside health and safety practice head Nick McMahon¬† for Cloverleaf Products, a former distributor of PIP breast implants, in relation to a number of Part 20 claims brought by clinics which face action for implanting PIP products. In another key matter, the practice is defending Corin in metal-on-metal hip group litigation that went to trial in October 2017. McMahon is also defending an electrical goods manufacture in a house fire claim.¬†Gavin Reese¬†acts for clients across the consumer goods, food, transport and medical devices sectors.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

RPC provides an 'extremely high level of service and support' in product liability claims. Team head Dorothy Flower recently advised Clover Leaf Products, a former distributor of PIP breast implants which were later deemed faulty. Also recommended is Peter Rudd-Clarke, who is 'very calm, honest, knowledgeable, organised and efficient'.

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