I qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and am the Head of the Clinical Negligence team and Deputy Head of Department. I have dealt predominantly with clinical negligence claims since 1995. I am a member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Panel.
Before joining McMillan Williams in July 2009, I was a partner at two well-respected clinical negligence practices, Hodge Jones & Allen (where I headed up the clinical negligence team) and Thompson Snell & Passmore.
I currently handle a number of complex claims that are predominantly on behalf of children who have suffered brain injury at birth or in the neonatal period. My particular expertise is in kernicterus cases where brain damage is caused by mismanagement of neonatal jaundice. However, I continue to act for both children and adults who have been injured as a result of other forms of clinical negligence. My experience includes spinal injury claims and claims arising from various surgical procedures
I am very aware of being an advocate for her clients in the broadest sense. Very often, the injured person or his or her family are hit especially hard by a medical accident and do not know where to turn for financial help or for practical and emotional support or even for medical and rehabilitative treatment that is so desperately needed. I consider it to be an important part of my role as a clinical negligence solicitor to use my extensive experience to help clients in practical ways throughout a claim.
- December 2013: XCK –v- Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, a neonatal jaundice case where our young client had a very serious motor disorder and auditory neuropathy. This settled for a sum of £3.5m together with annual payments of £85,000, increasing to £125,000 at age 12, £175,000 at age 19 and £212,000 at age 30 (the global capital value of this settlement was in the region of £9m).
- December 2013: Julia Emerson –v- Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, a cerebral palsy claim involving a young claimant with profound learning difficulties as well as a severe motor disorder which was resolved for a lump sum of £2.6m with annual payments of £175,000, increasing to £233,000 from age 19 (a global capital value of about £7m).
- September 2013: secured an award of a lump sum of £1,000,000 in a neonatal jaundice claim where our client had suffered auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder as a result of kernicterus but been spared any significant motor disorder (HJS –v- Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust).
- December 2011: award made in a cerebral palsy claim of £2,350,000 together with annual payments for care rising to £120,000 in 2032 and £141,000 per annum thereafter. (LS –v- Whipps Cross University Hospitals NHS Trust).
- October 2011: award made in a cerebral palsy case of a capital sum of £2,350,000 together with annual payments for care of £152,500. (APD –v- South East Coast SHA)
- March 2011: securing an award for a child damaged by a failure to treat neonatal jaundice with damages in excess of £5m (MDS –v- South London Healthcare NHS Trust).
- 2010: securing an award of £120,000 for a client who had received negligent treatment affecting her fertility which included the costs of seeking to have a family through a surrogacy agreement (McCallum –v- East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust).
- 2008: a spinal cord injury case, a case complicated by the fact that the claimant already had severe learning difficulties as a result of Downs Syndrome. This claim settled for a lump sum payment of just over £1m together with annual payments of £228,000, index linked to Government statistics on the level of carers wages.
Awards, Accreditations and Memberships
- I have been the Secretary to the Child Injury Special Interest Group of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Law Society Clinical Negligence Accredited
- Member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel
- Member of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Panel