Sarah White > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
VICTORIA SQUARE HOUSE
VICTORIA SQUARE
BIRMINGHAM
B2 4BU
England

Work Department

Clinical negligence.

Position

Partner, Sarah, leads the clinical negligence team in Birmingham.  She is an NHSR Nominated Partner and has a wealth of experience in handling high value clinical negligence claims, specialising in multimillion pound catastrophic injury cases.

She has a tremendous track record of fighting and winning high profile and high value trials for the NHS Resolution. Recent wins include:

  • F v NHS Commissioning Board This claim related to the standard of resuscitation following delivery in December 1973. It was alleged that this led to an acute hypoxic insult and cerebral palsy. Due to the date of the index event, many Trust witnesses were retired and elderly. Through careful use of Bolitho witness evidence and experts’ agendas, various concessions were made which forced the Claimant to withdraw a number of allegations
  • A discontinuance was secured approximately 14 days prior to trial.  As well as saving the NHS in potential compensation and defence costs, the discontinuance avoided the need for many elderly witnesses to have to give evidence in court
  • E v Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust: The Claimant alleged a failure to diagnose acute open angle glaucoma leading to likely blindness when he presented at a small community hospital with a sore eye and was seen by a nurse practitioner. She diagnosed a scratch to the cornea. The Claimant alleged a similar failure by the GP when he re-presented the following day. At trial the Judge gave judgment in the Defendants favour on causation, finding that if properly examined and treated the diagnosis would not have been made any earlier than in fact it was.

She also represents NHS trusts at inquests, and provides health law and risk management advice.  Sarah has 28 years’ experience of advising NHS Trusts and health bodies, and takes a central role in the management of the Birmingham office.

Career

Trained Messrs William Charles Crocker Solicitors, London; qualified 1987; assistant solicitor Bevan Ashford, Bristol 1987-92; associate 1991; solicitor Yorkshire Regional Health Authority 1992-93; associate Bevan Ashford, Bristol 1994; partner 2001; head of claims team Bevan Ashford, Birmingham 2001; partner Browne Jacobson LLP 2005.

Memberships

Law Society; Birmingham Law Society; Birmingham Medico-Legal Society.

Education

Dame Allan’s Girls School, Newcastle upon Tyne; University of Bristol (1984 Law 2(1)); Bristol Polytechnic (1985 Law Society finals second class Hons).

Leisure

Sport, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Public sector > Health

(Hall of Fame)

Sarah WhiteBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for NHS trusts, hospitals and clinical commissioning groups on Court of Protection cases, inquests, real estate transactions, mergers, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims. Sarah White has strong expertise in defending clinical negligence actions; Neil Ward focuses on inquest work and Helen Badger leads on contentious employment health matters.

West Midlands > Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

(Hall of Fame)

Sarah WhiteBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a large medical malpractice team, which acts for both NHS trusts nationally and major private healthcare providers. The first-rate team advises on a myriad of complex cases, and has secured many favourable liability settlements on cerebral palsy cases and other cases involving brain damage and catastrophic injury. It also has a large and respected healthcare inquest team. Practice head Sarah White, who is an NHSR-nominated partner, has a wealth of experience in high value claims. Rachael Morris made partner.