Advisory Panel

ADVISORY PANEL

Our advisory panel is made up of knowledgeable and prominent legal and medical expertise to advise on latest developments within the medico-legal sector and to give insight into all aspects of the medico-legal market.

Lauren Sutherland

Clinical Negligence Advocate

Lauren Sutherland

Clinical Negligence Advocate

Lauren Sutherland called to the bar in 1996 and prior to that was a Solicitor in private practice specialising in Personal Injury and Medical Negligence work. As a Solicitor she worked for both claimants and defending claims. Since calling to the Bar she has specialised in Clinical and Professional Negligence, Fatal Accident Inquiries, Personal Injury and Human Rights issues in Medical Law.

Experience

Lauren Sutherland has advocacy experience gained over 20 years both as a Solicitor in private practice and at the Bar. She has considerable experience in catastrophic injury cases and has a particular interest and expertise in cerebral palsy and brain injury cases. She has been ranked in Chambers UK and the Legal 500. She has consistently been ranked band 1 for Clinical Negligence. Chambers UK have said "She has an apparently inexhaustible energy to prepare and argue some of the most ground-breaking cases", "A highly regarded and experienced advocate recognised for her personal injury and medical negligence experience" and "She is absolutely superb, and she fights a client's corner pretty fiercely... hugely knowledgeable and really applies herself". In the 2016 edition she is described as "Deeply knowledgeable in medical negligence matters. I don't think you could find a more committed advocate to medical negligence cases." "She's a real leader in this field; the most specialised claimant clinical negligence advocate in Scotland".

Lauren has been involved in a number of high profile Fatal Accident Inquiries, the Nimrod litigation and is currently involved in the Product litigation involving the use of TVT and mesh in gynaecological procedures. She was appointed by the Scottish Government as junior counsel to the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry. The Inquiry had a wide remit to review deaths from C difficile infection. Her involvement required extensive knowledge of care of the elderly, nursing and medical practice, and infection control in hospital. She was invited to participate in the review panel Chaired by Professor S McLean on the issue of introduction of no fault compensation in Scotland. She was junior counsel in the landmark case on Consent to medical treament in the UK Supreme Court Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11.

She has written and lectured extensively in the area of personal injury and medical negligence. She is the contributing editor of Green's Reparation Bulletin on Medical Law and wrote the chapter on Medical Law and Human Rights in Greens Human Rights Loosleaf. She has been the Secretary of the Professional Negligence Bar Group for many years.

Aidan O’Brien

Clinical Negligence Barrister

Aidan O’Brien

Clinical Negligence Barrister

Aidan is regularly instructed on behalf of Claimants and the NHSLA in complex high value clinical negligence claims (in excess of £1 million). He has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Law & Ethics and has been published in the British Medical Journal.

Aidan has a wealth of experience dealing with complex causation issues and has a particular interest in catastrophic brain injury and wrongful birth claims. Recent instructions include:

  • Cauda equina syndrome claim, pleaded at >£1.5 million,
  • Delay in treating intra-peritoneal urinary leak resulting in extensive intra-abdominal sepsis, repeated laparotomies and incisional hernia, pleaded at >£500,000,
  • Claim arising from allegations of negligent delivery due to excessive traction, causing Erb’s palsy and life-long disabilities.
  • Claim arising from a ‘never event’ involving the removal of the wrong bone during surgery.

Aidan is also trained as a Nursing & Midwifery Council Case Presenter and has significant experience in a wide range of medical regulatory hearings. Aidan also accepts instructions in relation to Court of Protection matters, including withdrawal of treatment and welfare applications.

Ian Cohen

Clinical Negligence Lawyer

Ian Cohen

Clinical Negligence Lawyer

Ian has specialised in medical/clinical negligence cases for over 20 years .

He was the lead solicitor of the Organ Retention Litigation relating to Alder Hey Hospital Liverpool, which remains the largest mediated settlement with the NHSLA . I was also the lead solicitor in the George Rowland Litigation which established a ground breaking ADR protocol with the NHSLA.

Ian is now the national coordinator for clinical negligence BD at Slater & Gordon ( UK ) LLP.

Ian is on the APIL working group looking in to Fixed Fees in Clinical Negligence cases.

Specialties: cases involving acquired brain injury, birth related injuries and cauda equina/spinal cord injury cases. I also have significant experience in cases relating to Group Actions and professional negligence arising out of medical negligence cases.

David Levy

Consultant Anaesthetist and Expert Witness

David Levy

Consultant Anaesthetist and Expert Witness

David Levy graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1986 and trained in anaesthesia in Aberdeen, Sheffield and Nottingham.

Appointed consultant anaesthetist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1995, David enjoys a broad clinical anaesthetic practice with subspeciality expertise in obstetric anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia, anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery, and pre-operative assessment.

David is clinical governance lead for theatres and anaesthesia and an enthusiastic teacher of postgraduate trainees in anaesthesia & obstetrics, medical students and midwives.

David graduated with distinction from Nottingham Trent University (LLM, Health Law) in 2016 and has a busy medico-legal practice advising claimant & defendant solicitors and coroners.

David Locke

Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP

David Locke

Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP

David Locke, LL.B (hons), LL.M, is a Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP. He is a solicitor-advocate with higher rights of audience, appearing in Appeals and High Court matters, and is ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as an expert in his field.

Experience

On a day-to-day basis, David manages a caseload of maximum severity and multi-party clinical negligence claims on behalf of NHS Trusts. He is nationally recognised for his expertise in the management of complex group litigation, and the ADR Protocol he devised for managing such claims has now been widely adopted as the standard model in NHS group actions. He is often consulted on group litigation outside of the health sector, including for example the Costa Concordia marine disaster.

David is a regular columnist for the New Law Journal, amongst other publications, and a sort-after lecturer to national and international health sector conferences.

Jonathan Moore

GP Partner & Expert Witness

Jonathan Moore

GP Partner & Expert Witness

Dr Jonathan Moore was a GP Partner in Chipping Norton for 20 years (1996-2016). His main clinical interests are Palliative Care, ENT & Audiology, Mental Health and Substance Misuse. He was also lead GP in dispensing and active in GP Commissioning. He completed an LLM Masters in Medical Law in 1999 at Cardiff Law School. He has been doing medico-legal expert witness work since 2003 and has a 35:65 claimant : defence practice ratio. He works extensively for the MDU, MDDUS and NHS Litigation Authority and does high volumes of claimant work for selected claimant solicitor’s firms. He has an interest in medico-legal education and in 2009 was an inaugural member of the MPS Educational Faculty. He has also done lectures and workshops for doctors all over the country. Jonathan was involved in setting up the Oxford Medico-Legal Society in 1998 and remains on the committee.

He continues to follow his interest in Palliative Care and  chairs the Lawrence Home Nursing Team, set up in 1999 in memory of his senior partner. This ensures that patients can be looked after in their own homes in their final illness. Jonathan continues in active GP clinical practice with a wide portfolio of different work including GP practice, Access Hubs and “out of hours”; all fitted in around his legal work. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of GP’s in 2013 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004. When not working he enjoys living in the beautiful Cotswolds; and rediscovering life after finishing GP partnership!!”