DAC Beachcroft LLP

Heather Durston-Hillyer

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Heather specialises in clinical negligence claims defending a range of NHS and private health clients.

She has over 23 years’ experience advising key health clients including NHS Resolution, the MDU and NHS Trusts across the south of England.

She is currently involved in many complex and high value matters including those involving brain and spinal injury to both adults and children. Heather has particular expertise in birth injury claims involving cerebral palsy as well as wrongful birth.

Cases that Heather is currently managing include those involving complex liability and quantum issues arising from paediatric meningitis, stroke, cauda equina and other catastrophic neurological injury.

Recent experience includes:

- Successfully defending an NHS Trust at trial in a complex paediatric causation case valued at over £22 million where the claimant was alleged to have sustained catastrophic neurological injury during neonatal care.

- Advising a major private London hospital in defending a complex multi-party claim valued in excess of £10 million brought by an internationally renowned artist arising out of spinal treatment which it is alleged resulted in paralysis.

- Negotiating settlement of £23 million in a claim for catastrophic brain damage sustained as a consequence of delays in the claimant’s delivery.