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Weightmans LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, NEW FETTER LANE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 1900
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 1901
DX:
310 CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.weightmans.com

Rachel Kneale

Tel:
Work 020 7822 7175
Email:
Weightmans LLP

Work Department

Healthcare.

Position

Head of clinical negligence in the London office. Acts for the NHSLA and NHS Trusts in relation to a full range of clinical claims including maximum severity birth injuries, neurological injuries and other complex cases. Cases include: Lillywhite v University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and Iqbal v Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust.

Career

Trained Birketts; assistant solicitor Birketts 1995-97; assistant solicitor Trowers and Hamlins 1997-2001; assistant solicitor Hempsons 2001-2005; partner Weightmans 2014-date.

Languages

French.

Member

Society for Ethics and Law in Medicine, committee member.

Education

Stroud High School for Girls, Gloucestershire; The London School of Economics (1990 LLB Law with French Law); UniversitĂ© Robert Schumann, Strasbourg (1989 diplome d’études juridiques).

Leisure

Running, swimming, contemporary music choir.


London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Weightmans LLP has an extensive track record handling complex and high-value cases, often with a cross-border component. Organ transplant and blood donor cases are key areas of focus, as are claims against ambulance services.  The NHSR is a key client, with the firm being one of only four reappointed to all three lots on the NHSR's panel. Isobel Michie joined from BLM and is described as 'an extremely experienced case handler with a strong depth of knowledge and experience of the NHS'. Other key individuals include Vanessa Splaine and Rachel Kneale, who leads the healthcare team nationally. Sarah Ellington departed to become a district judge in the Court of Protection

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London: Public sector

Healthcare

Within: Healthcare

Weightmans LLP ’s team ‘has excellent knowledge of the healthcare sector’ and expertise in advising a number of public bodies and NHS clients ‘means they are well-placed to provide the type of service needed by public bodies’. The practice handles regulatory matters and healthcare litigation for public sector clients . Rachel Kneale , Richard Jolly  and Tony Yeaman  jointly lead the national group and are supported by the ‘excellent and proactive’ Vanessa Splaine  who specialises in clinical negligence. Other key contacts are the ‘knowledgeable and informed’ Edwina Farrell  working on GP partnerships, transactions and real estate and Nathan East  gives ‘sensible and pragmatic advise’ to NHS Trusts, public services organisations and healthcare practitioner on commercial, governance and real estate issues. Simon Turner  is highly recommended for regulatory work and has acted for Professional Standards Authority for health and social care and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in highly complex litigation. Kneale represented Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in an inquest involving a patient who died from a laceration to the liver following a bike accident. Farrell and East continue to advise Kent Local Medical Committee on real estate matters.

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