Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Clinical Negligence - Northern (Bar)
Sally Hatfield QC is among the most popular silks for child brain injury and fatal cases that require sensitive handling of clients. She has a broad practice that includes highly complex secondary psychiatric harm cases, claims arising from the delayed diagnosis of spinal injuries or cancers, and birth injury cases, including those relating to cerebral palsy. She is also well equipped to take on cases where compensation is sought for injury or disease sustained by the mother in childbirth. She has been appointed as an assistant coroner.
Strengths: "She is just delightful with clients and very down to earth - she puts them at ease and is very sharp technically." "She is phenomenally talented and has an incisive intellect balanced with a tactical pragmatism that ensures that cases are brilliantly prepared for trial, but likely to secure fantastic settlements for clients without going to trial. She is also highly compassionate and fair."
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Specialist in medical law, principally in clinical negligence in cases involving injuries of maximum severity, such as birth injury, spinal or cauda equina injury, or other clinical conditions of great complexity or life-changing outcome.
Also has a personal injury practice, again particularly involving catastrophic injury or complex medical issues of causation.
Called to the bar in 1988, practised at Doughty Street Chambers in London until a move to Manchester in 2000, where she became a tenant at Peel Court Chambers and then Byrom Street Chambers from 2008.
Appointed QC in 2013.
Became a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2004, and of the County Court in 2015, Assistant Coroner for Manchester Central in 2008.
She lectures regularly on issues relating to clinical negligence, particularly on liability trials.
She is trained as an arbitrator with the PiCARBS scheme.
PIBA, PNBA, INQUEST Lawyers' Group, Human Rights Lawyers Association.
Co-author of 'New Law Guide to The Mental Capacity Act 2005' (Butterworths 2008). Editor Fatal Accidents Chapter of Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.