Janice Gardner > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

Work Department

Personal injury and clinical negligence


Janice is a partner in the personal injury and clinical negligence team.

In her 30 years of practising as a clinical negligence and personal injury solicitor she has seen all manner of negligently acquired injuries and is un-shockable. She has a huge amount of experience to bring to each case because of her experience and technical skills.

She has a varied caseload of both clinical negligence and personal injury cases, but her main area of expertise is in infection, spinal injuries and brain injuries.

She has successfully won many cases at trial and never shies away from those cases at the more difficult end of the spectrum.

As now the most senior lawyer in her team, she focuses her energies on the cases that she thinks she can add most value to, namely those that are technically difficult or very high value. She also enjoys working on cases where she can push the legal boundaries and challenge bad law.


Trained Anthony Gold; qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Anthony Gold specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence 1991-97; assistant solicitor Jones Maidment Wilson specialising exclusively in clinical negligence 1997-99; assistant solicitor at Russell-Cooke (until made partner in 2001) specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence.

Frequent contributor to Lawtel, Clinical Risk and APIL’s Focus Magazine.


  • Law Society, Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel Member
  • Member of APIL and AvMA
  • Back-up Legal Panel member
  • Trustee of the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre (specialising in riding for disabled children)
  • Volunteer and Committee Member of Hemel Hempstead Recreational Ski Group for disabled skiers


Tulketh High School, Preston, Lancashire; Swansea University (BA Hons History 2(1)); York College of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals)

Janice Gardner Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP’s team of ‘experienced clinical negligence lawyers with proven records’ is jointly led by Dominic Fairclough, who has notable inquest experience, and Janice Gardner, who ‘brings tactical nous to all her decisions’. Bernadette McGhie, who is singled out as being ‘one of the most experienced solicitors in the market’, leads the brain injury work, bringing her experience as a former paediatric nurse to claims including hypoxic brain injuries leading to cerebral palsy. The ability to work collaboratively with other teams within the firm is valuable to the clinical negligence practice; for example, the education law team is able to assist brain-injured clients with securing long-term support. Nimmisha Aslam is another recommended name.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

Sarah Towler and Grant Incles jointly lead the personal injury team at Russell-Cooke LLP, which is praised for its ‘nerves of steel’ and ‘wonderfully personal touch’. The team has particular expertise regarding brain injuries, an area in which Towler specialises alongside Janice Gardner. Incles has a recognised niche in cycling claims, dealing with maximum severity claims, including those involving tetraplegia and paraplegia. Dominic Fairclough leads the firm’s inquest offering. The team is also noted for its expertise in sexual abuse claims, and has notable experience regarding historic claims in this area. Senior associate Nimmisha Aslam is currently instructed in a number of claims arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.