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Thames Valley

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - Thames Valley

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Oxford

What the team is known for Attends closely to the legal and practical needs of families and children during claims. An established practice in cerebral palsy cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand the client's entitlement to damages but also their precise needs. They have a real depth of experience in making sure that awards are managed in the most successful way."

Notable practitioners  

Susan Jarvis regularly handles large-value claims. She has experience in advising on claims relating to serious infant injuries. She is noted by market sources for her compassion towards families.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Reading

What the team is known for Focuses on birth injury work, including a significant number of cerebral palsy cases. Additional experience in the Court of Protection and deputyship.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Everyone we come across is efficient, approachable and very knowledgeable in the field."

Notable practitioners  

Susan Brown is noted for her ability to handle high-end, complex claims relating to cerebral palsy. One client source said: "She listens; she is patient and very approachable."

Adrian Desmond is known for conducting high-quality work in birth injury cases. Market sources say he provides "clear and precise counsel."

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Oxford

What the team is known for Capability ranges across a broad range of catastrophic and serious injuries. Considerable experience in cases of fatality and delayed cancer diagnosis.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very caring, determined and knowledgeable."

"It's a different experience with them. They are very positive and supportive."

Work highlights Achieved a settlement in a case where the failure to recognise and treat diabetes in a pregnant mother led to brain damage of the claimant prior to birth.

Notable practitioners  

Team head Helen Niebuhr is noted for her specific expertise in cases of brain injury including cerebral palsy.

Karen McCarthy joins the firm from Harris Cartier. She is respected in the field, with peers describing her as "a very safe pair of hands."

Jonathan Phillips has been involved in inquests as an advocate. He also specialises in catastrophic injury and cases relating to the misdiagnosis of cancer.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Oxford  

What the team is known for Large team which can take on claims of varied complexity and value. Offers expertise in neurological injury, with a track record in cases where this leads to profound conditions like cerebral palsy or cauda equina. It also has experience in high-value fatal claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do high-quality work and we respect them."

Notable practitioners  

Susan Booker is developing a strong profile in the field, with sources saying she is "calm under pressure, bright and knowledgeable."

Carolyn Lowe frequently advises on obstetric cases, alongside gynaecological claims involving neonatal death and stillbirth. She is currently investigating several cerebral palsy claims.

Cecily Cameron deals with a number of neurological injury cases. Market sources say she is a "very sensible and experienced lawyer who is sensitive to client needs."

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley

What the team is known for Focuses on large cases relating to birth injury, neurological injury and aesthetic accidents. Growing fatal claims and inquests practice. Other areas of work include orthopaedic surgery and amputation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"My experience with the individuals on my case was good - I expect that all the team must be equally competent and outstanding."

"It was a huge experience for myself. I found them very helpful."

Notable practitioners  

David Turner has significant expertise, and regularly advises clients on claims of surgical negligence against NHS foundation trusts.

Gary Williams focuses on inquest and fatal work. He has additional expertise in birth-related injuries, brain injuries and cerebral palsy.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Reading

What the team is known for Regularly advises on complex cerebral palsy claims. Conducts a number of cauda equina cases, in addition to claims arising out of misdiagnoses of cancer and negligent surgeries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They take an independent and critical view."

"The current team is really strong - they are worth watching."

Notable practitioners  

Denise Stephens takes on a variety of cases, with noted expertise in complex claims arising out of negligent diagnoses. She is also experienced in advising on birth injury claims.

Anneliese Jones is well regarded by a range of sources. One commentator notes: "She is diligent and conscientious," while another said she "pushes hard for her clients." Jones works on a range of significant clinical negligence cases, notably fatal accident claims.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Swindon

What the team is known for Singled out for its experience on misdiagnosis claims, complicated birth injury cases and maternal trauma matters. Growing dental negligence practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"There's an ethos in that firm of diligence and thoroughness."  

"I think they've been absolutely excellent. They are very proactive in terms of raising awareness."

Notable practitioners  

Richard Coleman specialises in cases of negligence in bariatrics and spinal surgery. Market sources commend him for his skills in assessing detailed quantum cases.

Tracy Norris-Evans is highly experienced in representing claimants in birth injury claims. She also conducts deputyship work for clients.

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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