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Claire Petts

Clyde & Co LLP




Claire is Head of the Global Healthcare practice at Clyde & Co  and a long-established NHS LA Nominated Partner. Claire advises on a range of claims against medical professionals, with particular expertise in brain injury claims, obstetric claims and those of maximum severity or complexity. Claire provides representation at inquests, representing clinicians before their regulatory body, medical device/product liability work and general advisory work. She has successfully defended many matters at trial, including several multimillion-pound claims. Claire represented the Trust in the leading Court of Appeal case of Medway PCT v Marcus.


Claire has been involved in a number of drug trial cases including the high profile case at Northwick Park Hospital. She also has a keen interest in the growing area of Disability Discrimination Act claims in the healthcare setting where she holds a 100% success rate of rebutting these claims.


In addition, Claire contributes regularly to both internal and external publications, speaks at conferences and regularly trains medical practitioners on healthcare issues. Claire has undertaken a number of secondments to the NHS LA including in TCU and has spoken at the last two NHS LA panel conferences. She has a keen interest in risk management and regularly provides bespoke training to clients to help them learn from their mistakes and minimise the chance of future incidents. She is Secretary of the Patient Safety Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and is the Deputy of FOIL's clinical negligence focus group.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Clyde & Co LLP is 'a leading firm in the field of professional regulatory work'; it acts for a large number of professional organisations and its breadth of expertise covers the medical and healthcare, accountancy, legal, property, insurance and financial services sectors. Claire Petts is head of the global healthcare practice, Fergal Cathie has acted in complex professional malpractice litigation that involves professional conduct issues and Richard Harrison heads the lawyers’ liability and regulatory group. Also highly regarded are Tim Crockford, legal directors Sam Holden and Niya Phiri and consultant Judith Duffin.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Claire Petts - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Clyde & Co LLP fields 'an experienced team handling some of the weightiest clinical negligence cases'. The practice has a full-service healthcare offering, which not only includes defendant clinical negligence, but also encompasses regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, judicial review and representation at inquests. The team is instructed by heavyweights in the public sector as well as several private medical malpractice insurers, healthcare providers and privately paying individuals. Head of the Global Healthcare practice Claire Petts has particular expertise acting for medical professionals in brain injury, obstetric and other maximum severity claims. Gemma Brannigan 's experience spans advocacy in a number of high-profile inquests, including prison inquests. The 'very professional and first-class lawyer' Sam Holden often handles claims involving birth asphyxia and neurological injuries.

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London: Public sector


Within: Leading individuals

Claire Petts - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Healthcare

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong track record in clinical negligence litigation, primarily representing NHS trusts and healthcare professionals in complex inquests and regulatory proceedings. The firm also advises on real estate, joint ventures and commercial transactions. National practice head Claire Petts is 'a well-known figure' for claims against medical professionals, and representation of clinicians before their regulatory bodies and in complex inquests. Gemma Brannigan is likewise 'a safe pair of hands with remarkable experience' in serious medical negligence claims and inquests. Senior associate Jacques Howell is also very active in inquests and inquiries.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Clyde & Co LLP offers the full range of practice areas to its life sciences clients; in addition to corporate/commercial, product liability, IP and  regulatory, it also provides public procurement, employment, property and tax teams. Ralph Cox has extensive experience in patent litigation and freedom to operate and acts for biotech and mid-sized and generic pharma companies. Corporate partner Simon Gamblin assists clients such as university spin-outs on complex licensing and commercialisation agreements including disputes arising from collaboration or licensing agreements. Claire Petts specialises in the areas of drug trials, product liability and claims/clinical negligence.

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