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Russell-Cooke

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant

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What the team is known for

Accomplished team assisting clients with complex and sensitive cases ranging in value and severity. Proficient at representing relevant parties at inquests. Also experienced in handling a range of complex medical cases involving serious and fatal injuries. Regularly acts for claimants left with severe injury after negligent obstetric or surgical treatment. Particularly skilled at handling cases concerning injuries to the brain and the loss of limbs.

Strengths

Sources report: "They provide excellent service."

Work highlights

Represented the claimant in proceedings against Birmingham City Council and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust alleging failings in psychiatric care enabled the claimant to kill a member of the public. The claimant had been diagnosed with psychosis but was not sectioned despite family wishes.

Notable practitioners

Deborah Blythe assists with a range of cases, including child brain injury as a result of obstetric negligence and delayed diagnosis claims.

Janice Gardner acts on claims arising from delays in diagnosis, surgical errors and negligent obstetric care. She also offers strength handling complex cases surrounding failings in psychiatric care.
"She has a very analytical mind and she has a fantastic eye for detail. She is also very good at looking after clients." "She is client-focused, has great attention to detail and is informative and well prepared." "She's very good. She's passionate about fighting hard for her clients and she doesn't leave any stone unturned."

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Overview

Our personal injury and clinical negligence team specialises in complex, high-value, partner-led claims where our experience and specialisms can really add value to our clients.  We see ourselves as a boutique team, providing a bespoke service to each client to help them achieve the result they want in a timely fashion.

We act almost exclusively for claimants and have expertise both physical and psychiatric claims. We are flexible in terms of funding and most of our work is on a CFA basis. We maintain a legal aid franchise for our birth injury practice

We pride ourselves on winning challenging cases and have had several high-profile cases in both the appellate courts. We are currently awaiting a Supreme Court decision on the application of the illegality defence in tortious claims.

Recently, we have acted in the below:

  • Cross-border water park accident resulting in tetraplegia
  • Cerebral palsy of the maximum severity due to oxygen deprivation at birth
  • Double amputation arising from a failed suicide attempt
  • Multiple amputations arising from the failure to diagnose a routine abscess
  • Complex RTA claims with catastrophic injuries
  • High-profile mental health claims resulting in unlawful killings and the illegality defence.
  • High-profile historic child sex abuse claims.  
  • Shoreham Air Disaster
  • Multiple Claims arising from the Grenfell fire.

We have a strong presence in sector groups such as APIL, AVMA and Inquest and are regular contributors to sector training and publications.

Members

Anderson, Amy

Aslam, Nimmisha

Blythe, Deborah

Fairclough, Dominic

Gardner, Janice

Gauge-Klein, Teri

Henaghan, Claire

Kingswood, Alla

Lawson, Lucy

Roberts, Ruth

Towler, Sarah

Wilton, Lucy

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant Department

Russell-Cooke

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Department location

2 Putney Hill

Putney

London

Greater London

UK

SW15 6AB

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 13 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant


Deborah Blythe
Band 3
Janice Gardner
Band 3