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Weightmans LLP

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Tony Yeaman

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Weightmans LLP

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Tony is a leading lawyer in the field of healthcare with over 25 years’ experience in advising public bodies. Tony heads the Birmingham NHSLA clinical negligence team. Extensive experience in acting for the NHS, having specialised in this area since 1988 and having spent six years in-house as one of a team of regional legal advisers. Has managed multi-party group litigation, including the HIV haemophiliac litigation and has advised the NHS on a number of high-profile claims and inquiries. Now specialises in managing high-value and complex clinical negligence claims, whilst providing advice on complex healthcare issues such as treatment decisions and risk management. Also sits on the firm’s strategy board. Reported cases include: Sparks v Royal Hospitals NHS Trust (1998); Eletherios Theodorou v Camden & Islington Health Authority (1997); Margaret Lakey v Merton Sutton & Wandsworth Health Authority (1999); Bordin and Anor v St Mary’s NHS Trust (2000) and Ashley v Burton Hospitals NHS Trust (2006). Contributor to various journals including ‘Personal Injury Newsletter’, ‘Clinical Risk’, ‘Health Service Journal’ and client and in-house publications.


Bernard Chill and Axtell, Southampton; trained British Gas Plc; qualified 1988; solicitor Brown Hovelt & Co; assistant regional solicitor Wessex Regional Health Authority; partner Beachcroft Stanleys/Beachcroft Wansbroughs; partner Weightmans 2001. Vice chairman/senior independent director of a large NHS Foundation Trust.


Conversational Italian.


Law Society; Birmingham Medico Legal Society; FOIL; Vice chairman/senior independent director of a large NHS Foundation Trust.


St Mary’s College, Southampton; Middlesex University (1985); College of Law, Guildford; Bournemouth University (MBA).


Golf, walking.

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Weightmans LLP  has a number of excellent practitioners including Simon Goacher  and Richard Jolly, who are both based in Liverpool, and Birmingham-based Tony Yeaman . The team advises on a broad range of welfare, health and property issues for a significant number of local authorities, NHS trusts and private health and social providers. The team acted for a North West based NHS Foundation trust in an application for an urgent declaration for serious medical treatment in relation to a patient who was detained under the Mental Health Act. The patient was pregnant and was no longer cooperating with her antenatal care. The trust determined that it would be in her best interest to undertake a caesarean section at 37 weeks. The court granted this order declaring that it was lawful for the trust to provide delivery by caesarean section.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

From offices including in Liverpool, Manchester and London,  Weightmans LLP offers an impressive number of specialists such as Tony Yeaman, the  national head of healthcare clinical in Birmingham and Richard Jolly, the national head of healthcare advisory in Liverpool. Martin Forshaw, based in Liverpool has decades of experience acting for police forces defending an array of actions. A client reported of the team: 'The service received is second to none. They are quick to respond and the advice they give is excellent.' Liverpool-based senior associate Morris Hill is also highlighted as 'very pragmatic, sensible and effective.' In addition to its work for police forces, it is acting for Rochdale Council as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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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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West Midlands: Public sector


Within: Health

Weightmans LLP focuses primarily on regulatory, employment and governance work. Tony Yeaman leads the team and is an expert in reputational issues, inquiries, litigation and human rights cases. Deborah Bannister is particularly active on governance and risk management matters. John Glendening advises on inquests, consent to treatment, confidentiality and risk management matters. Other notable names include Morris Hill, who is experienced in health and social care law, and Edwina Farrell, who is particularly active on real estate matters.

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