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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

Vanessa Splaine

Tel:
Work 020 7822 1941
Email:
Weightmans LLP

Work Department

Healthcare.

Position

Partner in the clinical negligence team. Advises the NHS Litigation Authority and numerous NHS bodies in relation to high value birth injury cases, acquired brain injuries, complex surgical claims and cases involving amputation and spinal injuries. Involved in the resolution of claims arising from events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Career

Trained Elliott & Company; qualified 1996; partner Weightmans 2011.

Member

Former chair of the FOIL clinical negligence sector focus team.

Education

Ash Lea School, Eccles; University of Liverpool (1993 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law Chester.


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¬†‚Äôs team ‚Äėhas excellent knowledge of the healthcare sector‚Äô and expertise in advising a number of public bodies and NHS clients ‚Äėmeans they are well-placed to provide the type of service needed by public bodies‚Äô. 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 ‚Äėexcellent and proactive‚Äô Vanessa Splaine¬† who specialises in clinical negligence. Other key contacts are¬†the ‚Äėknowledgeable and informed‚Äô Edwina Farrell¬† working on GP partnerships, transactions and real estate and Nathan East¬† gives ‚Äėsensible and pragmatic advise‚Äô 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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