Foot Anstey LLP

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant Department

South West
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What the team is known for Comprehensive service with a broad coverage of the South West. Frequently engaged in maximum severity cases such as those stemming from brain or spinal injuries, while also noted for its work on delayed diagnosis claims and negligent surgery. Further expertise lies in fatal accident and obstetric injury cases including cerebral palsy, stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Strong experience representing claimants in group actions. Offers a deep bench of experienced practitioners who possess strong knowledge in complex negligence matters.

Strengths Sources say: "They have a fantastic team of senior solicitors, enormous resources and a very strong caseload."

A client says: "I found the whole team sympathetic and understanding of my needs and concerns."

Others note that the firm "offers a first-class service to claimants."

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Alex McKnight receives plaudits as a "bright, switched-on and capable lawyer" who is "always super helpful and super efficient." His practice covers amputations, brain injuries and fatalities.

Andrew Hannam is a highly respected force in clinical negligence, consistently highlighted as an "extremely experienced" and "pragmatic" lawyer. Covering complex matters including cauda equina, catastrophic brain damage and fatalities arising from negligent treatment, he is revered for being "very sensitive to matters of a personal nature yet confident to air his opinions at all levels."

The "very experienced and adept" Bernadette McGhie draws on expertise from her previous role as a paediatric nurse to provide an informed practice in birth injury, infant disability and neonatal claims. Sources report: "She was outstanding: empathetic, understanding and supportive."

Claire Stoneman is an experienced birth injury claim specialist, handling stillbirth and neonatal death cases in addition to those surrounding brain injuries resulting from negligent delivery. She is noted for taking on cases high in both complexity and value, with sources describing her as "very experienced, very intelligent and very good at handling the big cases."

Laurence Vick is a noted specialist in paediatric cardiac claims. He additionally covers cases relating to spinal injury and ophthalmology.

Mike Bird is praised by sources across the industry as a "top lawyer" and "a good litigator who is skilled and good with clients." Exceptionally able in cases relating to brain injury, particularly in paediatrics, he also performs investigations and inquests in his role as an assistant coroner in the East Midlands. A source notes: "He is approachable, pragmatic, resourceful, tolerant, knowledgeable and works extremely hard to achieve an honest, appropriate outcome."

Paul Sankey is a "hugely experienced, completely confident" negligence lawyer with a longstanding and highly regarded record in the field. His practice covers a wide range of issues including surgical negligence, amputations, cosmetic surgery and misdiagnosis claims.

"Top lawyer" Robert Antrobus heads the firm's clinical negligence group. He maintains a special focus on obstetric claims, including cerebral palsy and other birth injuries.