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clinical negligence

First rate healthcare is the primary objective for all health providers. But if patients are dissatisfied and claims are brought, this can be a source of great stress for everyone involved. We understand the challenges you face and we provide pragmatic solutions, handling claims quickly, efficiently and sensitively and collating evidence to help you reduce risk.

what we do...

  • One of the largest dedicated clinical negligence teams in the UK including 11 partners representing healthcare providers across the UK.

  • Members of the NHS Litigation Authority and Medical Protection Society panels as well as acting for insurers of private healthcare providers.

  • We have extensive experience of claims, from large obstetric brain damage and shoulder dystocia to claims against prison healthcare providers.

  • Advising NHS clients in relation to multi-million pound settlements by way of Periodical Payment Orders (PPOs).

  • Joint and several defendant proceedings.

  • Review and “lessons learned” in regards to claims, inquests and complaints.

  • Pioneering solutions – we devised a unique process for handling hundreds of claims from children who had been inappropriately medicated using a panel of experts who meet with the parents to decide on all the issues without going to court.

  • Known for a tenacious and thorough approach to investigations on complex cases, resulting in favourable liability settlements on cerebral palsy cases saving the NHS millions of pounds.

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Health Service Safety Investigations Bill: a new bill to improve patient safety

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) which became operational on 1 April 2017 was established to offer support and guidance to NHS organisations on incident investigations whilst also carrying out up to 30 investigations itself each year in order to provide meaningful safety recommendations to share learning across the NHS.


Legal updates

Applications for pre-action disclosure and the Access to Health Records Act 1990

The Access to Health Records Act 1990 (‘the AHRA’) provides a statutory right of access (subject to some exemptions) to a deceased patient’s medical records to a small number of people.


Legal updates

Shaw v Kovac and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

The Court of Appeal has given a significant judgment addressing the increasing importance attached by the courts to failure to obtain informed consent, should this give rise to a separate head of damages?


Legal updates

Transformation of a safety culture in the NHS - (re) building patient and staff trust in incident investigations to ensure learning

In July 2016, the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) published its report ‘Learning from mistakes’ which looked into how the NHS failed to properly investigate the tragic death of Sam Morrish, a three year-old boy who sadly died from sepsis in December 2010.


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