Dominic Fairclough > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB

Work Department

Clinical negligence, personal injury and inquests


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

Dominic’s expertise covers all areas of clinical negligence and significant personal injury cases including fatal accidents, obstetric claims and neurological injury. He also has extensive experience of representing bereaved families as their advocate in Coroners Courts relating to deaths in hospital and in the workplace.


Dominic trained at Evill and Coleman, becoming a partner in 2000. He joined Russell-Cooke on the merger of the two firms in 2005. He was Managing Partner of Russell-Cooke between 2013-2015.




Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Member of INQUEST Lawyers Group
Trustee and Board Member at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability, Putney
Clinical negligence panel member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
Clinical negligence panel member of The Law Society.


Dominic studied Politics and French at Loughborough University.

He then undertook the CPE and LPC at the University of Wolverhampton before qualifying as a solicitor in 1997.

Lawyer Rankings

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.

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

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.