Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations recommended: London, Birmingham, Liverpool
What the team is known for Particularly well regarded for cases of a high-profile, sensitive nature. Enters the top tier of the Chambers rankings following a strong year acting for a wide range of defence organisations, including numerous group action cases.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "This firm gives me everything I want - there is an approachability that is consistent across the team, and they give quick advice."
Technical ability: "Weightmans offers the whole package! What we look for is quick advice, but not off-the-cuff. We are always confident in the advice we are given."
What's new? In May 2013, the firm won a place on the NHS Litigation Authority's clinical liability panel following a competitive tender.
Work highlights Represented a prominent medical defence organisation in a £500,000 claim concerning the prescription of carbamazepine during a mother's pregnancy, allegedly leading to her child developing injuries.
Acted for the Health Protection Agency in a series of claims stemming from a major outbreak of E.Coli 0157 at Godstone Farm, Surrey, in 2009.
Sarah Ellington rises to the top band of this year's rankings after receiving widespread admiration for her clinical negligence practice. Sources are quick to praise her, saying: "She's excellent – she's very intelligent and gives practical advice." She works closely with a broad range of medical defence bodies.
Vicky Morris is a highly regarded clinical negligence lawyer at Weightmans, drawing accolades for her responsive and communicative nature in particular. She moves up in this year's table thanks to her wide-ranging caseload, involving numerous high-value, complex defences.
According to interviewees, Anthony Yeaman is "rightly well regarded, as he provides an outstanding service" to his clients. He is the national leader of the Weightmans clinical negligence team, and brings over 25 years of healthcare law experience to the practice.
Rena Field remains a respected figure in the clinical negligence field, with extensive experience of obstetric cases.
Sources state that Beth Buchanan has "a formidable grasp of detail, and keeps to the bigger picture" in clinical negligence cases. She remains an active figure in the market.
Deborah Bannister enters the rankings this year as a rising star of the clinical negligence field, thanks to her "personal, professional and knowledgeable" approach to cases. She brings over 13 years of experience in high-value, multi-claimant cases to the team.
Vanessa Splaine is a well-respected individual based in the firm's Liverpool office. She is particularly knowledgeable of complex birth injury and surgery cases.
Significant clients Health Protection Agency, MDDUS, NHSLA, AIG Europe.