Freeths LLP

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant Department

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What the team is known for Long-established team with a notable presence across the East Midlands, offering expert advice on the full spectrum of clinical negligence mandates. Demonstrates significant prowess in group action matters, with additional experience in psychiatric injury, surgical error, delayed diagnoses and high-value birth injury claims.

Strengths Clients say: "The team as a whole is extremely efficient, proactive and knowledgeable, and they have plenty of resources to call upon when necessary."

Other sources note that the team is "calm and very good at providing all the information to help make an informed decision."

A client notes: "They are thorough and understanding of our situation and emotions."

Work highlights Acted on the Maxillofacial Group Action, claiming compensation in excess of £1 million in connection with negligent surgical treatment on various patients.

Notable practitioners

Jane Williams is recognised for her expertise in a wide range of clinical negligence matters, including fatal claims due to negligent care and misdiagnosis, cerebral palsy cases, as well as complex, high-value surgical error allegations. A source notes: "Her level of commitment is beyond anything I've ever encountered before."

Karen Reynolds has considerable experience in complex, high-value birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy cases. She is also adept at delayed diagnoses and negligent surgery matters. Interviewees say: "She is extremely personable, warm and relates easily with her clients."

Sources describe Paul Balen as "extremely knowledgeable, proactive, technically impressive and friendly." Balen has an extensive background in various medical negligence claims, including group actions. He is also recognised for his activity in mediation.