Leigh Day

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for

Superb specialist clinical negligence team with an outstanding reputation for the quality of its advice and client service skills. Offers market-leading expertise on a variety of serious claims including spinal and brain injury cases. Additionally noted for its campaigning on access to justice and patient safety issues. Represents claimants affected by delays in diagnosis or treatment, as well as mishandled surgical procedures. Accomplished practice advising clients in relation to psychiatric injuries.

Strengths

Clients comment: "They really give their heart and souls to their clients. They are meticulous, compassionate, very diligent and extremely committed to getting the best result for their client."

Interviewees say: "They are very accessible, very thorough in their preparation and determined to achieve the very best outcome for their clients. They are objective about key issues, immensely hard-working and very knowledgeable."

Work highlight

Represented the claimant in a case concerning the delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma, which causes a significant reduction in the claimant's life expectancy.

Notable practitioners

Claire Fazan is praised by industry experts for her extensive experience and knowledge of the clinical negligence market. Her practice concentrates on fatal injury matters, as well as child brain injury cases. One source remarks that she "really has an eye for detail and is very thorough," while another interviewee says: "She is superb in terms of her knowledge and her handling of clients."

Sources are impressed by Henry Dyson , noting that he is "thorough, highly experienced and objective about what can be achieved." He concentrates his practice on child brain injury cases, as well as claims regarding brain injuries suffered by adults due to strokes or surgical errors.

Nicola Wainwright is sought after for her experience across a wide range of clinical negligence matters. Her specialisms include claims regarding infectious diseases which cause brain damage, as well as fatal injury and delay in diagnosis cases. Interviewees say: "She is very committed to her clients, very pragmatic and sensible."

Olive Lewin draws on her experience as a nurse to navigate a range of clinical negligence claims, including cases involving brain injuries, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries. Sources say: "She is completely committed to her clients and is highly experienced."

Suzanne White is the head of the firm's clinical negligence team. She is experienced in handling high-value birth and neonatal injury claims, as well as psychiatric and brain injury cases. Market sources highlight her for her "forensic ability and commitment to clients," while one client highlights her for her "ability to communicate diligently to clients in difficult circumstances."