Clinical Negligence - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 52 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations recommended: Bristol, Leeds, Winchester, Manchester, Newcastle
What the team is known for Formidable bench strength with a truly national reach and particular prominence in the North and North East of England. Active in complex, high-value cases across the market.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Practicality: "I would praise them, especially for their sensible and pragmatic approach to litigation."
Client service: "Absolutely first class - they look after their clients and are prepared to fight cases."
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 Successfully acted for the NHSLA and Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on defending a claim of causation of death by a delay in diagnosis of bronchial carcinoma.
Successfully defended South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust against a £1.3 million claim regarding the allegedly negligent emergency treatment of a pregnant mother, followed by the death of the mother and her unborn child.
Matthew McGrath is a leading light in clinical negligence, and receives glowing praise from interviewees as an "absolutely top-drawer" lawyer who will "fight his case, but also concede when he needs to."
David Weatherburn is recognised by market commentators as an "experienced lawyer who is pleasant to deal with." He has acted on numerous substantial claims against NHS trusts of late, including a claim against the Tees Esk and Wear Valleys Trusts by a former trust employee who was stabbed by a patient of the trusts in 2006. The case included proceedings at the Court of Appeal.
Heather Durston-Hillyer is based in the firm's Winchester office and remains a well-regarded figure in the clinical negligence market. She is particularly knowledgeable of spinal injury and severe birth injury cases.
Nigel Montgomery is head of the firm's health team and routinely acts on substantial, high-profile cases. He successfully advised the Heart of England Foundation Trust against a significant Erb's palsy claim, following alleged negligence by midwives of the trusts in the treatment of the claimant as a baby.
Paul Taylor recently advised the Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust on the matter highlighted above. He is a well-respected lawyer who is valued for his "solid, dependable" approach to clinical negligence defence.
Rachel Roberts-Jenkins remains an active figure in the clinical negligence market, and heads the firm's Bristol team. She has particular experience in group action cases.
Simon Wortley is the leader of the clinical negligence team in Manchester. He has acted on a range of significant cases of late, including matters with Human Rights Act concerns.
Significant clients NHSLA, Medical Defence Union (MDU), Bupa.