Bernadette McGhie > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP

Work Department

Personal injury and clinical negligence team.


Bernadette is a consultant in the personal injury and clinical negligence team and heads the brain injury team.

Bernadette has a varied caseload of wholly clinical negligence cases but her main area of expertise is in brain injuries including CP cases, meningitis and encephalitis as well as injury caused by medication in pregnancy. Bernadette’s nursing background greatly informs her legal practice and helps her to see both sides of any dispute.

As part of Bernadette’s everyday practice she is used to dealing with both lay clients and professionals such as clinicians and lawyers at all levels. Bernadette takes a collaborative approach to her work when dealing with opponents which leads to a more constructive working relationship and mutual respect.


Before joining Russell-Cooke in October 2020 Bernadette previously was an Executive Director in the clinical negligence team of Enable Law (part of the Foot Anstey group) which she joined in May 2017 following transfer of the clinical negligence team from Michelmores where she had been a partner since 2010.


  • AvMA clinical negligence specialist panel member
  • Member of Baby Lifeline’s multi-professional advisory panel, MPAP
  • Governor of Mary Hare school for the deaf and former trustee of the Meningitis Trust (Meningitis Now)


  • BA Hons History & Anthropology – Oxford Brookes University
  • PG Diploma in Law – Oxford Brookes University 
  • PG Diploma in Legal Practice – Oxford Institute of Legal Practice 
  • CEDR accredited mediator 2020
  • Qualified general and paediatric nurse

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

The ‘really excellent clinical negligence team‘ at Russell-Cooke LLP is known particularly for its specialism in brain injuries, both paediatric and adult, and infection cases resulting in serious injuries. Its expertise in the former was recently strengthened further by the arrival of highly regarded consultant Bernadette McGhie from Enable Law. Inquests are another core area of focus for the firm, which fields a discrete sub-group for such work, headed by Lucy Wilton and Dominic Fairclough. In recent highlights, practice head Janice Gardner took a case concerning acts of illegality occurring following negligence to the Supreme Court, exemplifying the firm’s ability to secure work of the highest profile.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

With ‘fantastic‘ practitioner Janice Gardner at the helm, the ‘group of incredibly experienced and first-class litigators‘ at Russell-Cooke LLP are ‘unafraid to run the most difficult of cases‘. Although the firm is proficient in the full range of personal injury work, brain injury remains a particular area of specialism; the recent arrival of Bernadette McGhie from Enable Law strengthened this expertise even further.