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Ward Hadaway

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Liz Hackett

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Liz has worked exclusively in the field of healthcare since qualification, undertaking defendant clinical negligence claims and inquests on behalf of NHS Trusts, NHS Resolution and medical defence organisations.

Liz also has wide and varied experience of advising on general healthcare issues, including public inquiries and disciplinary and regulatory matters, with a particular interest in all aspects of mental health law and practice and offender healthcare.

She works closely with clients in relation to patient safety.

Liz is an experienced advocate and has significant experience in complex and high profile inquests where she represents NHS Trusts’ interests.

She regularly conducts advocacy in Coroner’s Courts nationally, including Article 2 and jury inquests involving a number of agencies. She has a particular interest in mental health inquests, with a particular expertise in relation to offender care and deaths in state custody.

Liz regularly advises mental health trusts on all aspects of mental health legislation, including consent and capacity, detention, deprivation of liberty safeguards, patient safety and Mental Health Review Tribunals. She represents Responsible Authorities and Responsible Clinicians at Tribunals.

Liz has experience of advising and representing clinicians and their defence organisations’ interests during very high profile independent public inquiries.

Her involvement has included dealing with highly sensitive disclosure and investigations, substantial document management, and the preparation of witness evidence.

Liz is also involved in extensive training for client Trusts on all aspects of healthcare law and practice including mental health legislation, inquests, the Human Rights Act, Serious Untoward Incident investigations and reports, duty of candor and patient safety. She undertakes regular practical Workshops with clinicians in relation to report writing and inquests.

Liz’s litigation experience includes defending high value neurological claims and dealing with claims with complex quantum issues, including claims with an international element.

She has a particular interest in mental health law and claims involving psychiatric injuries and has represented the Catholic Church in high profile and complex group litigation for damages for psychiatric injuries arising out of historic abuse.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

The healthcare team at Ward Hadaway is experienced in defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of NHS resolution and several NHS trusts. The team also have significant experience in advising clients on managing risk.  Newcastle-based  Jeffrey Keeble heads the team which also includes Liz Hackett in the Leeds office.

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