Laura Preston > Slater and Gordon > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Slater and Gordon Offices
90 High Holborn
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Laura is a senior associate and team leader in the medical negligence team at Slater and Gordon in London.
She manages and supervises 7 staff and handles cases involving all aspects of medical negligence (including birth injury for mother and baby, spinal injury, surgical injury, orthopaedic injury, missed or delayed diagnosis, failure to treat and fatal accident cases including inquests) on behalf of injured patients and their families and has focused solely on this practice area since 2008.
Laura has particular experience in spinal injury and delay in diagnosis claims. She has successfully run several cases relating to faulty medical products including failed hip implants and pharmaceutical products. Laura has worked on two large group litigation cases: the Fetal Anti-convulsant Litigation and most recently as Deputy Lead Solicitor on the ground-breaking and successful litigation against negligent breast surgeon, Mr Ian Paterson, which settled for £37 million. The settlement was approved by the Court, allowing hundreds of claimants (treated Privately by Mr Paterson). This case has brought the issue of Private sector regulation and patient safety to the forefront of media attention and a public inquiry is being undertaken as a result.
Laura joined Slater and Gordon in 2014
Laura is an APIL accredited litigator. She is also a member of the Law Society and the Junior Lawyers Division.
The team at Slater and Gordon is led by ‘standout lawyer’ Emma Doughty, who specialises in birth and obstetric claims. The team deals with a broad variety of complex, multi-factor cases, often of significant value, including such issues as catastrophic brain and spinal injury, amputation, hypoxia, cardiac issues and psychiatric illness, with misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose often having led to these issues. Its charity involvement has increased in recent years; in 2021 the team became The Brain Charity’s exclusive sponsor at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, as well as reconnecting with Silverlining and joining the panel for Bladder and Bowel UK. There has also been considerable growth in the team, with four new lawyers joining the London office in 2021, including Emily Welstead from Hodge Jones & Allen. Madeline Seibert and Laura Preston are acting on some of the team’s most standout cases.