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Potter Rees Dolan
M15 4PZ
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Work Department

Clinical negligence


Senior Partner and head of the esteemed clinical negligence team at Potter Rees Dolan, specialising in highest value complex secondary brain injury, spinal cord injury – including cauda equina – birth injury, cerebral palsy and wrongful birth cases. Also has extensive experience of orthopaedic and surgical cases. In 2016 and 2017, Helen Dolan secured over £45 million for her brain and spinal injured clients. Recent reported cases include; cerebral palsy case of AB (by her Litigation Friend CD) v North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (2016), spinal injury case of DD v East Cheshire NHS Trust (2017) and the brain injury case of RM (by Litigation Friend, JC) v East Cheshire NHS Trust. The Claimant went on to recover record damages. In 2018, Helen brought the case of CAL (by his litigation friend, CLE) v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to a liability settlement having taken over conduct from another high profile Clinical Negligence firm.

Helen also acted in the case of AB v Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 1889 (QB). The first instance costs hearing was held in June 2018, following which the Regional Costs Judge gave an extempore Judgment that the decision of the Claimant to switch from Legal Aid to a CFA in February 2013 was a reasonable one. The Defendant appealed, and that appeal was heard in July of this year, where the decision of the lower court was upheld. During this appeal, Helen Dolan was described by the Regional Costs Judge as “one of the most experienced clinical negligence practitioners in the North West of England, if not the whole country.”


Qualified 1996; Potter Rees 1999; Partner 2004; Director 2012.


French and Italian


Referral Panel Solicitor for AvMA; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Law Society Clinical Negligence panel.


Guildford County Secondary School; University College of Wales (BA (Hons) French and Italian); Manchester University (CPE and LPC).


Keen interest in gardening, cooking and music.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals: Clinical Negligence)

Helen DolanPotter Rees Dolan

Potter Rees Dolan specialises in both catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims, and its lawyers are praised for their ‘efficiency and empathy‘. The clinical negligence team, led by Helen Dolan, focuses on brain injuries and spinal cord injuries such as cerebral palsy or cauda equina, and also handles failure to diagnose cases, surgical negligence and amputations. On the personal injury side, the practice has a strong reputation for complex brain and spinal injury cases, injuries requiring amputations, serious orthopaedic injuries and criminal injuries. Hugh Potter leads the team; ‘excellent communicatorRichard Edwards is also recommended.