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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.

related resources

Legal updates

Is LASPO having the desired effect?

Since the Jackson reforms to clinical negligence claims funding (embodied in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) defendant NHS Trusts are no longer required to pay the claimant’s success fees under CFAs or after-the-event legal expenses insurance premiums.


Legal updates

Informed consent - where are we now?

The implications of the decisions in Bayley v George Elliot Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Shaw v Kovac, and the key issues for consideration in informed consent claims.


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

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.


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