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Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant

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What the team is known for

Top-notch clinical negligence team with a wealth of experience in complex, high-profile cases. Highly regarded for its extensive expertise in obstetric and birth injury claims. Also handles brain injury and cancer-related matters. Frequently instructed on high-value claims concerning injuries of the utmost severity.

Strengths

One client says: "I cannot recommend them enough. They are welcoming and impressive, the communication is fluid and responses are quick and easy to understand."

Sources report: "They are superb; they prepare cases thoroughly and get the right experts on board. They manage client expectations and are highly organised and proactive."

One market commentator states: "Everyone within the team is hands on, they stay on top of the details and leave no stone unturned."

Work highlights

Successfully secured a capitalised sum of £25 million on behalf of a six-year-old girl for her life-long care after negligent treatment during her birth led to the development of quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Notable practitioners

Arti Shah advises clients on brain injury and cancer claims following delayed diagnosis. She has further experience in surgical and obstetric matters.
"She has a very good manner when dealing with vulnerable and distressed clients." "She is really excellent and fights incredibly hard for her clients." "Every step was thoroughly explained to us and no stone was left unturned. She is meticulous and professional and shows sympathy, compassion and genuine care."

Caron Heyes acts for both adults and children in brain and spinal injury claims, often arising from delayed diagnoses and negligent obstetric care.
"She's a passionate advocate for her clients and always works really hard to get a really good result." "She is an outstanding and empathetic lawyer, with a huge range and breadth of expertise."

Iona Meeres-Young handles a broad range of issues, with particular emphasis on birth injury cases. She has additional strength in matters arising from negligent paramedic and surgical care, including fatality and psychological injury claims.
"She has thorough subject knowledge but doesn't over-complicate issues for non-lawyers. She gives clear goals and time frames." "She's approachable and easy to work with." "She is really strong."

Jane Weakley frequently represents children who have suffered brain injury at birth, with a focus on cerebral palsy and developmental disability claims.
"She's a really good technical lawyer and is very experienced." "She is amazing and responds very quickly."

Jonathan Zimmern acts on claims involving brain damage and amputations as a result of delays in diagnosis. He also represents clients in cases surrounding duty of care.
"He brings a forensic analysis to his cases and focuses on the key issues." "He's a real class act - he looks at issues objectively and is a superb lawyer."

Kate Rohde offers particular strength in cases arising from negligent obstetric care, covering cerebral palsy and fatal and psychiatric injury, with further experience of wrongful birth and delayed diagnosis claims. She also handles complex adult brain injury cases as well as claims for spinal injury arising from negligently performed surgery.
"She's extremely experienced and very good with clients." "She has an outstanding reputation in this field." "She's an exceptional solicitor and a complete authority in the field. She delves into the detail while being a reassuring presence for clients."

Mark Bowman acts on a range of clinical negligence matters including catastrophic brain injury claims resulting from negligent obstetric care. He also represents clients in spinal injury and delayed diagnosis claims.
"He is fantastic in his communications; he is very professional yet approachable and genuinely wants to help you to achieve the best outcome." "He is very talented and is measured, balanced and excellent."

Paul McNeil is highly acclaimed for his work in the area, with notable expertise in cases involving catastrophic brain injury following negligent obstetric care. He also acts on matters involving delayed diagnosis of cancer and fatal claims.
"He is a really strong lawyer." "He has a calming effect."

Samantha Critchley is well known for her representation of both adults and children following failings in obstetric and surgical care. She frequently advises on brain and psychiatric injury claims, with further experience of wrongful birth and delayed diagnosis matters.
"She is hugely impressive, has a great grasp on cases and really knows the area inside and out."

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Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant Department

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Riverbank House

2 Swan Lane

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Greater London

UK

EC4R 3TT

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Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant


Arti Shah
Associates to watch
Caron Heyes
Star Associates
Iona Meeres-Young
Band 3
Jane Weakley
Band 4
Jonathan Zimmern
Band 3