Clinical Negligence - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation in the clinical negligence market as a leading defendant firm well versed in handling complex, prominent, high-value matters. Focuses on serving the public sector and continues to handle a large number of group actions.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The standard of service is excellent. Tony Yeaman runs a very tight ship and the performance of his team is consistently of a high standard. He also has a highly motivated group of lawyers in the department who are proactive in offering seminars and training."
"Weightmans excels in this area of work. They always deliver what is asked of them and we are extremely pleased with the service that they provide."
What's new? Secured by W. R. Berkley as providers of a medico-legal helpline to Integrated Dental Holdings.
Won a place on the NHSLA's clinical liability panel.
Work highlights Successfully defended a duty of care claim brought against Public Health England in connection with a large-scale outbreak of E. coli at Godstone Farm in 2009 that infected 93 people.
Acted for Bedford Hospital NHS Trust in relation to a wrongful birth claim arising from the trust's alleged failure to notice spina bifida on a routine scan.
Vicky Morris is the firm's client partner for the NHSLA. She is praised for her commercial awareness, responsiveness and conscientious approach to her work. Recently she has been defending high-profile organ transplant claims brought against the NHS after two patients contracted cancer from donated kidneys.
Department head Anthony Yeaman is singled out as a highly experienced clinical negligence lawyer whose "knowledge of the local healthcare environment is second to none." Commentators describe him as "exceptionally client-focused" and appreciate that he "immediately understands the needs of his healthcare clients."
Sarah Ellington is well regarded for her clinical negligence practice. She has considerable experience in working on behalf of the NHS and primarily focuses on complex clinical negligence actions.
Former doctor Melanie Isherwood enters the rankings this year after earning widespread praise amongst peers as a "sensible" and "pragmatic" clinical negligence lawyer, lauded for her attention to detail. Her specialist areas of focus include high-value birth injury matters, claims involving deliberate self-harm and those arising from hospital-acquired infection.
Richard Jolly has over a decade of experience in defending NHS trusts against clinical negligence claims, with a particular emphasis on birth injury and spinal injury matters. He chairs the firm's inquest group and is recognised by market sources as a "good, sensible, attentive lawyer."
Vanessa Splaine has earned a reputation in this market as a "very efficient solicitor" who "works well with the claimant solicitor" by adopting a "very sensible approach" to cases. Sources are impressed, remarking that she is "not the easiest of opponents because nothing gets past her."
Rena Field heads the firm's London team. She is recognised as an expert on obstetric claims, including hypoxic birth injuries and wrongful birth cases. She is further noted for her experience relating to group litigation.
Beth Buchanan is a long-term specialist in clinical negligence and healthcare law. She represents a number of NHS trusts and health regulators, and is particularly commended for her deep knowledge base regarding catastrophic injury claims arising out of birth trauma.
Deborah Bannister continues to be regarded as an up-and-coming figure in the clinical negligence market. Her notable areas of expertise include catastrophic injury claims, birth injuries, surgical negligence and fatal accidents.
Rachel Kneale maintains her reputation as a pre-eminent practitioner in this field. One source identifies her as "the quantum queen," while others commend her in-depth knowledge and pragmatic approach towards defending claims.
Significant clients NHSLA, Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland, AIG Europe.