Mr Jeffrey Keeble > Ward Hadaway LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

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Partner, Head of Litigation and Healthcare


Jeffrey is one of the top rated healthcare law specialists in the North of England and is ranked amongst the top clinical negligence defence practitioners in the UK.

He heads Ward Hadaway’s multi-disciplinary Healthcare Team, comprising more than 80 lawyers and offering the full range of legal services required by the Healthcare sector.

Jeffrey has wide-ranging experience across the entire field of health law including more than 30 years of experience in defending clinical negligence and personal injury cases on behalf of the NHS. He has particular and specialist knowledge of high value birth injury claims and regularly advises as part of our urgent response team on issues such as consent, confidentiality, capacity and mental health issues. In December 2013 he successfully defended two high value birth injury claims at trial.

He ensures the high quality delivery of legal services by the entire team and is an experienced lecturer on clinical negligence and clinical risk management and also speaks on the University of Northumbria LLM programme in medical law, most recently delivering a lecture on the subject of causation.

Jeffrey is a Nominated Partner approved by NHS Resolution (formerly the NHSLA) for the clinical negligence panel, a position he has held since Ward Hadaway were appointed to that panel.

He has extensive experience of periodical payment orders and settling high value cases in joint settlement meetings. Jeffrey is the Client Liaison Partner for many of Ward Hadaway’s key health sector clients.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

(Leading individuals)

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High value birth injury claims are a core focus for noted practitioners Jeffrey Keeble and Nicola Richardson at Ward Hadaway; both also act as nominated partners for key client NHS Resolution and are ‘interested in building relationships with the Trust’s claim team and the clinicians involved‘. Keeble and Richardson are capably supported by Gillian Muir, who brings 17 years of experience working on the claimant side to her current role; Robert Rushton, who has expertise in Court of Protection work; and Lisa Evans, who is an active member of the urgent response team (which advises on consent, confidentiality, capacity and mental health issues). Associate Andreja Begus Harrison is singled out as a ‘great fighter‘.

North > Public sector > Health

Ward Hadaway stands out for its ‘excellent team working across multiple specialist areas‘ and its ‘detailed knowledge of the sector‘. Experts in the group include Jeffrey Keeble, who has a wealth of experience defending the NHS in clinical negligence and personal injury cases; Nicola Richardson, who is the supervising partner on inquest cases; Melanie Pears, who is picked out as the ‘éminence grise of PFI‘; Stuart Craig, who leads on matters at the intersection of healthcare and employment law; and Saji Bratch, who handles work with a nexus to property issues. Liz Hackett and Robert Rushton are also much lauded by clients.