Melanie Isherwood > Weightmans LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Weightmans LLP
First Floor, St Philips Point
TEMPLE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B2 5AF
England

Work Department

Healthcare.

Position

Specialises in civil litigation arising out of catastrophic injury settled by periodical payments, deliberate self harm, cases that are repercussive, such as hospital acquired infection and claims generated by pathology services in general (haematology, microbiology, histopathology and cervical cytology). Caseload includes claims involving multiple claimants, consent to treatment, representation of healthcare providers at inquests and cases where there is media and/or political involvement. Has also represented healthcare providers at hearings seeking withdrawal of treatment or emergency treatment orders. Represented a senior medical practitioner at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital enquiry in 2001. Also advises on risk management to NHS trusts involved in civil litigation and training in general to NHS trusts on avoidance of claims. Reported case: LA v The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2010], a case that introduced a standard precedent order for periodical payments for loss of earnings and a manner in which they may be index linked in the NHS claims. Melanie advises and lectures on risk management in clinical practice and provides training to clinicians on civil litigation and its avoidance. Melanie is vice president of the Birmingham Medico Legal Society and as a qualified doctor she is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Career

Qualified 1994; Weightmans 2001; partner 2006.

Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine; vice-president and honorary secretary of the Birmingham Medicolegal society; registered with the GMC as a non-practising medical practitioner.

Education

Bulkeley School, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire; Pembroke College/Green College, Oxford (1983 BA Hons Physiology; 1986 BM BCh); registered as a medical practitioner with the GMC 1986; Manchester Polytechnic (1991 Common Professional Examination; 1992 Law Society Finals Examination).

Leisure

Walking, amateur dramatics.