Suzanne has been qualified for 18 years, practising exclusively in clinical negligence As with all of us at Leigh Day Suzanne has a mixed caseload; in terms of type of negligence, injury and value. She has extensive specialist knowledge in birth injury claims for children and mothers, settling some high value complex birth injury claims. She additionally has a number of adult brain injury claims including a recent case relating to stroke as a result in the failure to diagnose endocarditis, and cases of brain injury relating to the delay in diagnosis of brain tumour. Because of her extensive experience representing families at inquests Suzanne was made the firm’s inquest partner. She is responsible for ensuring our inquest knowledge is completely up to date and for ensuring that we help as many families with inquests as we can. In 2014 Suzanne took the lead in campaigning against Lord Saatchi’s proposed Medical Innovation Bill (“Saatchi Bill”). She was instrumental in bringing the most worrying aspects of the Bill to politicians’ attention and ensuring that the negative aspects of the bill received media coverage. Suzanne has been head of the clinical negligence department since 1st April 2018 when Russell Levy retired.
Suzanne is on the APIL executive committee. She is a member of the Law Society working groups on fixed recoverable costs in clinical negligence and the Stakeholder Policy Group for Rapid Resolution and Redress Scheme. She is also a member of the Civil Justice Council’s working group for fixed costs.
She brings to her experience a medical background, as she is a qualified radiographer, who easily and quickly grasps and can analyse the medical issues in the cases she deals with. Suzanne trained at Leigh Day and was made a partner in 2010.
Suzanne has appeared on the national news including:- BBC Panorama “How safe is your operation?” broadcast 16/10/2017 She has also appeared on BBC news responding to the publication of the data on the high costs of maternity claims and ITN news, commenting on developments relating to the medical profession, as well as on Al Jazeera and Sky News on the subject of the Medical Innovation Bill. She was recently on Newsnight commenting the Gosport tragedy. She has been quoted in many articles for example in the BMJ, Clinical Negligence News, the Solicitors’ Journal and Open Democracy, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail.