Kashmir Uppal > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
B3 3AG

Work Department

Partner, Clinical Negligence


Kashmir won the accolade of “Partner of the Year” at the Birmingham Law Society Awards 2018, beating off competition from several big name firms, in part in recognition of her work on behalf of patients injured by rogue breast surgeon Mr Ian Paterson.

She also won “Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year” at the national Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in November 2018. Again, along with other considerations, her campaign to expose Ian Paterson’s criminal behaviour and deliver justice to those he injured impressed the judges who unanimously agreed to award her this prestigious title.

She has been a member of the Law Society’s specialist clinical panel since 2004, having specialised in clinical negligence since 1996.

Most of her clients have suffered significant and serious injuries and her extensive experience results in multi million pound settlements. These cases include children and young adults who have suffered brain injury at the time of or shortly after birth.

In addition, she has worked on a range of complex cases including amputations, spinal cord, head injuries and fatalities, securing significant compensation.

Her particular expertise is in multi-party actions, having been the lead solicitor in the complex litigation arising from the surgical procedures performed by the disgraced breast surgeon, Mr Ian Paterson. She was involved in the criminal and regulatory proceedings that led to his conviction and being struck off the GMC register and pivotal to raising the profile of the issue including campaigning to secure a change in the law to protect patients treated in private hospitals.

Kashmir is the lead Solicitor in a number of claims relating to surgery performed by Mr El – Maghraby, a Consultant Neuro surgeon both in the NHS, at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and also a number of private Midlands hospitals.



Trained: Flint Bishop and Barnett; Qualified: 1993; Year made partner in present firm: May 2016


English and Punjabi


Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel


De Montfort University (LLB:2:1 – 1989); Law Sociefty Final Examination with honours – 1991


Zumba, reading with year 6 children at local school

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

There is ‘great depth and strength’ in the team at Shoosmiths LLP which ‘undertakes a huge volume of maximum severity work’ with ‘specific expertise in cerebral palsy claims’. Practice head, Phil Barnes, is a known name for his work on a range of catastrophic brain and spinal injuries in addition to amputation and other fatal claims. Kashmir Uppal  has expertise in claims against ‘rogue surgeons’. Nicholas Tubb is also well-regarded. At associate level Natasha Read has a varied caseload of complex clinical negligence matters. Richard Bannister has an established reputation for his work on a broad variety of cases and is also an accredited CEDR mediator.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

With a central focus on special educational needs and disability work, Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘extremely competent, responsive and hard-working team’ is capable of advising on the entire process, including legal challenges, relating to tribunal appeals in these areas, covering a broad range of special needs, such as autism and cerebral palsy. Its client base includes parents and young people and the solicitors representing them, as well as Court of Protection deputies that manage the funds and affairs of young people. Kashmir Uppal leads the team alongside ‘trusted advisor’ Gurvinder Samra, who is ‘tenacious’ and ‘passionate’ in handling the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan process, with particular expertise around the legal enforceability of the content of EHC plans and in securing council funding.