Parklane Plowden

Clinical Negligence Department

North Eastern (Bar)
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Parklane Plowden is recognised as the leading chambers on the North Eastern Circuit for complex clinical negligence matters. The set houses an enviable bench of experts who are regularly instructed to act on behalf of both claimants and defendants in high-value delayed diagnosis and surgical negligence cases. Members are also experienced in the handling of complex birth injury and fatal accident claims arising from medical negligence. Instructing solicitors praise the set as "a go-to for clinical negligence matters," adding that "it is able to offer the full spectrum of expertise, and has both very strong junior barristers and silks."

Client service: "The clerks are very switched on and go the extra mile to accommodate urgent requests." "The team is really helpful and the clerking is always seamless." Laura Storr, the practice manager for civil and clinical negligence matters, is described as "very attentive, professional and approachable." Mark Williams is the senior practice manager for civil and family work.

Andrew Axon

Acts on both the claimant and defendant sides of heavyweight serious injury claims including those arising from surgical negligence, delayed diagnosis of diseases and a failure to supervise those at risk of suicide. He is widely renowned for his handling of cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury claims. He also displays expertise in cauda equina cases.
Strengths: "He has amazing intuition and a fantastic feel for what's going to work and what won't. Clients adore him and he has a lot of confidence." "He has an excellent manner with clients and puts them at ease." "A very impressive advocate."

Elizabeth Hodgson

Active across a broad range of clinical matters for both claimants and defendant hospitals. She has notable experience in several areas, including failure to obtain consent, delayed diagnosis and surgical negligence cases. She also demonstrates expertise in wrongful birth claims.
Strengths: "Very well prepared, has good analytical skills and offers pragmatic advice." "She is thorough and very much to the point." "She is diligent, she has great attention to detail and she fills you with confidence that the case is in good hands."

Howard Elgot

Assists with long-running and typically high-value claims on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He has demonstrated expertise in child brain injury including cerebral palsy, as well as failings in psychiatric care and amputation claims.
Strengths: "Very approachable and gets truly involved in cases to get the best result for the client." "He is really very impressive in face-to-face negotiations and argues his cases eloquently but forcefully."

Hylton Armstrong

Has an established presence in clinical negligence and receives instructions in a broad range of matters. His expertise encompasses inquests into psychiatric and hospital care, as well as failures to diagnose, extending to cases of patient fatality.
Strengths: "He is very approachable, on the ball, has a good manner with clients and takes a sensible approach to cases." "He deals with things in an effective and pragmatic manner."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim relating to a failure to admit the claimant to hospital, causing an infection and permanent chronic neuropathic pain in his leg.

Michael Hill

Has a well-established reputation as a key clinical negligence barrister with a particular focus on dental claims, boasting strong expertise informed by his previous occupation as a dentist. He represents both claimants and defendants. His capabilities in the medical field extend to other core areas such as orthopaedic negligence and delayed cancer diagnosis claims.
Strengths: "He is always approachable, extremely knowledgeable and very good on his feet." "He excels in simplifying really complex cases and is very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant dental practice in a claim brought by an injured dental patient.

Richard Copnall

Earns considerable praise for his work in clinical inquests that lead to civil claims. His matters include cases concerning failures of hospital staff to provide appropriate care, as well as failures to properly monitor patients with mental health issues. He possesses a strong command of surgical negligence issues.
Strengths: "He thinks outside the box in terms of how to technically progress a claim and he has a very good eye for detail."

Stephen Friday

Handles a range of issues, with a focus on delayed diagnosis and failure to diagnose. His caseload includes complex claims concerning brain injuries and fatalities, and he boasts strong expertise covering issues surrounding informed consent.
Strengths: "He has a very good eye for detail and takes a very hands-on, commercial approach to case-building." "He is always extremely well prepared and he knows his cases very well." "A very clever lawyer who is kind and thorough with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case involving an alleged failure to diagnose cervical discitis, leading to severe neurological disability with almost no useful function in the hands, weak legs and wheelchair dependence.