A vital ingredient for the success of any business is to work closely with like-minded partners. One of the reasons Inspire MediLaw is able to provide high quality CPD events and training is the strength of relationships we build. Our highly-valued partners are some of the most respected individuals in the legal field.
Lauren Sutherland QC
Clinical Negligence Advocate, Ampersand StablesView Profile
Lauren Sutherland QC
Clinical Negligence Advocate, Ampersand StablesLauren 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  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.
Head of Clinical Negligence & Disease, Simpson Millar LLPView Profile
Head of Clinical Negligence & Disease, Simpson Millar LLPIan joined Simpson Millar in 2017, with 25 years of experience in Medical negligence cases. He is head of the Clinical Negligence team. He studied law at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chester Law School. Some of his career highlights include being the lead solicitor of the Organ Retention Litigation relating to Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, fighting for justice on behalf of hundreds of parents. He was also the lead solicitor in a landmark case that established ground breaking ADR protocol for the NHS Litigation Authority. Ian represented hundreds of patients who had suffered at the hands of a surgeon performing urogynaecological operations. Ian also has extensive experience in life-changing injuries including birth injuries, acquired brain injuries and amputation cases. He has a keen interest in business development in Clinical Negligence and law firms. He is based in the Leeds office but regularly travels nationwide to meet face-to-face with clients, recognising the need for a personalised approach.
Ian is married with 4 children. He is very proud of his home city of Liverpool and has been frequenting Anfield for the past 40 years supporting his football team, Liverpool FC. He also has a keen interest in music and likes to attend concerts. Ian is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 as a "Leading Individual" that "cares greatly, makes a real difference to the cases he is involved in and has the guts and drive to make things happen."
Clinical Negligence Barrister, Farrar's BuildingView Profile
Clinical Negligence Barrister, Farrar's BuildingAidan O’Brien enjoys a burgeoning clinical negligence practice, acting as sole counsel for both Claimants and Defendants in complex multi-million pound claims. He has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Law & Ethics and has been published in the British Medical Journal. Aidan has a particular specialism in claims arising from obstetric injuries, wrongful birth, cauda equina syndrome and failures in mental health care. Recent instructions include:
- Claim involving obstetric brachial plexus injury following excessive traction during delivery, which caused the claimant to suffer a right-sided Erb’s Palsy, valued in excess of £3.7 million.
- Claim arising from obstetric hypoxic cerebral insult causing profound disabilities, valued in excess of £3 million.
- Fatal accident claim arising from a suicide arising from a failure to admit and treat a patient with a complex history of pre-existing psychological difficulties.
- Acting for NHS Trust in a claim arising from a ‘never event’ (an event that the NHS defines as so serious it should never occur), where surgeons removed the wrong bone during elective surgery.
- Defending a claim involving allegations that a patient developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis) due to the hepatitis B vaccine, pleaded in excess of £6 million. Aidan is also trained as a Nursing & Midwifery Council case presenter and has significant experience with medical regulatory proceedings. "Very informative" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017
"Really very good" - Delegate from Inspire Clinical Negligence Conference on 13.09.2017
Medical Negligence Partner, Enable LawView Profile
Medical Negligence Partner, Enable Law
Paul is an experienced clinical negligence lawyer. He acts only for patients and represents a wide range of clients. He has particular expertise in claims for adults with brain injuries, conditions leading to amputation and the delayed diagnosis of cancer.
Paul’s opinion on clinical negligence matters has been sought by local and national press, and his views are well respected. He is particularly interested in the issues surrounding consent and he regularly gives seminars to medical professionals on the subject.
As well as speaking at some of our tailored conferences, Inspire MediLaw are delighted to have Paul regularly delivering training at our Expert Witness Conference. His session covers the basics of clinical negligence litigation, providing a clear overview of the legal process.
Paul feels strongly that medico-legal experts need good training to enhance their skills in this important role. Teaching the importance, and method, of assessing all the available evidence, understanding the legal tests and addressing the issues thoroughly enables experts to carry out their duty.
Paul says, “We need experts who are truly independent, balanced and tell the truth; who’ll give an honest, independent & reliable view. I don’t want someone who says what they think I want to hear. The quality of clinical negligence expert evidence is crucial for the right people to obtain justice while at the same time avoiding NHS resources being wasted on claims without merit."
Senior Solicitor/Team Leader, Fletchers SolicitorsView Profile
Senior Solicitor/Team Leader, Fletchers SolicitorsChristian is a Senior Solicitor / Team Leader at Fletchers Solicitors, Southport and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1997. He is featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West who “goes more than the extra mile for his clients” He is a member of APIL and panel solicitor for the Group B Strep Support Group, advising on claims relating to GBS infection in the newborns. Christian has a particular interest in urogynaecology and oncology claims but has dealt with a diverse area of medical claims throughout his career , including defective devices and metal on metal hips. He has been involved in several large group actions including MMR, DPT, ODPL and the George Rowland litigation. Christian is a passionate believer in the importance of cost effective and co-operative case progression to produce fast and fair settlements.
Simon Fox QC
Clinical Negligence Barrister, Serjeants InnView Profile
Simon Fox QC
Clinical Negligence Barrister, Serjeants InnSimon is very much a clinical negligence specialist. He has a nationwide reputation for using his medical background and expertise to fight difficult and complex cases on breach and causation. He is “superb with clients” and “able to see points other barristers couldn’t and offer a new perspective. ” Practice Simon is a medically qualified specialist clinical negligence silk with 25 years’ experience. Simon trained, qualified and worked firstly as a doctor in the UK, New Zealand and Central Africa. His experience covered most areas of medicine and surgery and included accident and emergency medicine, neurosurgery and treating casualties from the Mozambique civil war. As a barrister Simon has specialised in clinical negligence and, in particular, in cases with difficult or complicated issues on breach and causation. He is one of the few barristers to have succeeded on a disputed material contribution causation argument at trial. His practice is nationwide and he spends much of his time travelling the country to meet clients in solicitors’ offices and clients’ own homes. Simon sits two days per month as Assistant Coroner in Avon.
Qualifications, Appointments and PublicationsMB, BS – Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School – 1990 Graduate Diploma in Law – City University – 1993 Called – Inner Temple – 1994 Assistant Coroner – Avon – 2010 Silk – 2016 Certified Mediator – London School of Mediation – 2019
Seminars/Lectures/ArticlesSimon has a particular academic interest in the change in the test for breach of duty in clinical negligence, on which he has written and lectured extensively. Simon also has a particular interest in expert evidence. He has written a number of articles, in particular on changes to the law on expert’s agendas. He also trains experts. The BMA invited Simon to lecture on both Bolam and experts’ agendas at their Annual Legal Conference in London in March 2019.
Cases and work of note
ReportedBayley Porter (by her mother and litigation friend Kelly Porter) v Barts Health NHS Trust  EWHC 3205 (QB) – Simon obtained an interim payment of £1.9m (total interim payments of £2.4m) at a contested application in order to purchase a property costing £1.65m. This was despite a negative discount rate and the difficulties in recovering accommodation capital costs due to the then recent decision of JR (a protected party) v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 1245 (QB). This is believed to be the highest interim payment ever ordered in a clinical negligence claim. Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Edward Ronayne  EWCA Civ 588 – provided clarification of the criteria for qualification as a secondary victim in a clinical negligence context and is now the main Court of Appeal authority on this point. Suzanne Lane v (1) Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (2) University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 1900 (QB) – claim for delay in surgery on ischaemic limb.
Unreported (in the last year)OM v ST NHS Trust – 2018 – Cerebral palsy claim settlement for £25m lump sum equivalent. J v R NHS Trust – 2018 – Delay in diagnosis of neonatal encephalitis settled for £19m lump sum equivalent. LI v Secretary of State for Health – 2018 – Delay in diagnosis of kernicterus in newborn resulting in brain injury – settled for £9m lump sum equivalent. C v W NHS Trust – 2018 – Wrongful birth claim settled for £4m. X v Y NHS Trust (Defendant) and Z Council (Interested Party), HHJ Cotter QC, Bristol District Registry, 26th September 2018 and 23rd October 2018 – successful conclusion to a protected party’s claim for equivalent of £15m despite intervention and ongoing dispute between local authority and defendant hospital trust.
Directory recommendationsSimon has been ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories for over 10 years. Recent editorial includes:
- very forensic – none of the detail ever passes him by;
- the medicine is really complex and he’s just completely on it, bashing forward questions with the experts and has never not understood where we are;
- his medical qualification is a huge advantage;
- he has a wealth of experience in high-value cases;
- able to get the very best from medical experts;
- cuts to the key issues in complex cases;
- commands a nationwide reputation for the depth of his specialisation;
- very good with complex serious injury, particularly high-value cases;
- a fabulous barrister who gives sound, pragmatic advice;
- communicates with experts with ease;
- he is an extremely talented barrister who provides practical support and advice;
- willingness to advise on the most complex matters even at short notice;
- stands out as technically skilful;
- one of the most delightful barristers you’ll ever meet.
Partner & Clinical Negligence Lawyer, Balfour + MansonView Profile
Partner & Clinical Negligence Lawyer, Balfour + MansonI have over 20 years of legal experience in Scotland, England and Hong Kong which has given me a wide variety of different types of cases. I am qualified to practice in each country and I have enjoyed the challenges of litigation in each, which have been exciting and fulfilling in different ways. I trained at Balfour+Manson and after broadening my horizons I returned in 1994. Since then I have conducted professional negligence, personal injury and commercial claims, primarily in the Court of Session. Many of the personal injury cases arise out of accidents at work, on the roads and in the air, including recent cases against the Ministry of Defence. My main focus is pursuing medical negligence claims, on behalf of individuals. I have extensive experience in high value catastrophic injury claims, particularly birth trauma and I have secured substantial compensation for clients in cerebral palsy and brain injury cases, the most recent of which settled out of court at £4m. I have a wide variety of cases, including surgical, GP and dental cases, those involving delayed diagnosis of cancer and eye surgery, as well as related health professions and for cosmetic treatment. I have been ranked in medical /clinical negligence work for a number of years in both the Legal 500 and Chambers. I am honoured to have been personally mentioned again in both publications this year, as it is a privilege to be able to assist those who have suffered life changing injury through no fault of their own to obtain fair recompense. I have been involved in discussions with other parties concerning the voluntary pre-action protocol in clinical negligence claims, which aims to speed up the investigation and resolution of suitable cases. In this firm we are using it to obtain the health records and documentation fundamental to investigating a claim, so that we can advise you quickly. In certain circumstances, it can be used to obtain rehabilitation or treatment to address those needs. Memberships
- Accredited Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Medical Negligence Law
- Certified Senior Litigator Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
- Accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as the first clinical negligence specialist and assessor in Scotland
- A member of the No Fault Compensation Review Group which reported in 2011.
Tel: 0131 200 1270
Clinical Negligence Partner, Browne Jacobson LLPView Profile
Clinical Negligence Partner, Browne Jacobson LLPMatthew has over 20 years’ experience in the health and insurance sectors and heads up the independent health offering at Browne Jacobson in London as part of the Health Advisory and Litigation team. He specialises in Clinical Negligence including diagnostics/pathology, birth injury claims, neurosurgery (particularly skull base surgery) and health tech. Recent experience includes successes in the High Court and Court of Appeal on the duties of ‘super- specialists’ in the context of the diagnosis/treatment of congenital Aplastic Anaemia in Meiklejohn –v- St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and Homerton University Hospitals NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 120 (Chambers Directory clinical negligence case of the year). He is a regular speaker on legal developments, Clinical Negligence and costs reform. He is rated as a ‘Super-Lawyer’ By Thomson-Reuters and by Chambers Directory (“extraordinarily effective ... very robust in his style although personally a very affable guy”) and Legal 500 (“brings with him specialist experience in obstetric brain injury cases, neurosurgical claims, and matters involving screening and pathology”). External appointments High Court User’s Group (Clinical Negligence) Law Society Focus Groups on Fixed Costs and Rapid Resolution
Barrister, Kings ChambersView Profile
Barrister, Kings ChambersAreas of Expertise
- Civil procedure, sanctions, costs, procedure, limitation and civil evidence. Gordon writes the well-received Civil Litigation Brief, there are numerous articles and posts on all these matters which reflect his experience and practice.
- Personal injury damages, future losses and loss of earnings. He has written the last three editions of the authoritative text, Munkman on damages for Personal Injury and Death.
- Civil disputes, damages, enforcement of judgments.
- Civil evidence, witness evidence and e-disclosure.
- Professional negligence, particularly arising out of problems with litigation.
- Extensive experience and knowledge in the area of fatal accidents, he is instructed by solicitors throughout the country. Gordon writes the APIL Guide to Fatal Accidents, the third edition of which was published in 2015.
Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete CounselView Profile
Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete CounselAna was called in 2004 and specialises in Clinical Negligence, Serious Injury and Inquest work. Ana is a Mediator, Barrister and the Assistant Coroner for Birmingham. She has two published articles in Clinical Risk and deals with cases of the upmost severity.
Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete CounselView Profile
Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete CounselChalres was called in 1977 and specialises in Clinical Negligence, Serious Injury and Industrial Disease Work. With over 50 reported cases (Reaney to name one of the most recent and prominent) he has been at the cutting edge of litigation for many years.
Associate, Clinical Negligence, Slater & Gordon LLPView Profile
Associate, Clinical Negligence, Slater & Gordon LLPExperience Profile Laura is an Associate Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London. She qualified in 2011 and has since specialised in clinical negligence. She previously trained in a regional firm with a strong client focus and then moved to a national firm to strengthen her experience. She currently enjoys working in our London office with a close, experienced team that has a drive for client care. Laura acts for claimants for a wide range of issues, including birthing and spinal injuries, misdiagnosis, fatal claims, surgical errors and consent issues. She has assisted in group action litigation and has experience advising clients of medical product liability claims. Laura was part of the team who achieved global settlement in the sum of £37 million for the Ian Paterson litigation. This case involved novel points of law and attracted much media attention. It is thought that the case may lead to a public enquiry into the regulation of private doctors. Expertise
- Clinical negligence
- Birthing injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Surgical errors
Clinical Negligence Solicitor, Slater & Gordon LLPView Profile
Clinical Negligence Solicitor, Slater & Gordon LLPExperience Profile Heather is a clinical negligence solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London. Since qualifying in 2016, Heather has gone on to speciliase in clinical negligence. She joined Slater and Gordon in January 2017 and was solely dedicated to working towards the successful resolution of the Ian Paterson litigation. She worked as a part of a team which successfully negotiated a global settlement of the litigation for £37 million. The settlement was approved by the Court so as to allow over 750 claimants and additional future claimants to finally achieve justive and receive compensation for their injuries. Heather continues to assist the further patients that are coming forward since the settlement of the litigation. Heather speciliaes in a range of clinical negligence cases and advises clients on issues including orthopaedic inuuries, nerve injuries, delay in diagnosis and consent. She has also assisted with claims relating to birth injuries. Expertise
- Clinical negligence
- Orthopaedic injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Delay and failure to diagnose
- Surgical injury
Partner, HHD SolicitorsView Profile
Partner, HHD SolicitorsFiona Sterritt studied law at the University of Ulster and qualified as a solicitor from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University, Belfast. She specialised in clinical negligence and is a Partner at HHD Solicitors in Belfast. Fiona has extensive expertise in cases involving catastrophic birth injury, cosmetic surgery, dental negligence, orthopaedics, delays in or mis-diagnosis of cancer, and surgical claims. She worked on the 2014 case of KD, a minor with cerebral palsy, which resulted in the largest ever settlement in a medical negligence case in Northern Ireland. At present Fiona is involved in the vaginal mesh litigation, and also represents patients who have previously been treated by Dr Michael Watt (Neurologist). She is a member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland and of AvMA. Fiona provides guest lectures at the Ulster University Medical Law and Ethics Course at the Ulster University, where HHD sponsor the annual Medical Law and Ethics Prize at the School of Law. Read some recent news & case reports from HHD
Partner, Head of Clinical Negligence, Freeths LLPView Profile
Partner, Head of Clinical Negligence, Freeths LLPCarolyn Lowe heads the clinical negligence team in Oxford and Milton Keynes. She joined the team in 2009 and has been advising clients on all types of medical claims for 25 years. She specialises in representing bereaved parents in cases which involve stillbirths and neonatal deaths. In addition, she represents many children who have suffered birth injuries. She also undertakes cases relating to delays in diagnosis of cancer and cauda equina syndrome as well as cases involving fatalities. She has been listed as an elite “Leading Lawyer” for 5 consecutive years by the UK’s leading legal directories. She has also been recognised for her expertise in high-value obstetrics cases and is described as an “experienced lawyer, very committed to her clients”. Carolyn is also accredited by the Law Society as a clinical negligence specialist. You can read more about her and her team here.
Inquest, Inquiry & Injury SolicitorView Profile
Inquest, Inquiry & Injury SolicitorIsabel is a solicitor experienced in catastrophic injury and clinical negligence work, with an emphasis on fatal accident cases requiring her attendance as an advocate at inquests. She represents families at inquests following catastrophic accidents, clinical negligence and deaths in custody. Isabel also represents families who have suffered tragedies abroad, facilitating the Foreign Office on cross-border murder and homicide cases. Her most recent appointment is as a Recognised Legal Representative to bereaved families at the Grenfell Inquiry. Having spent over 20 years in private practice, Isabel is now a consultant lawyer. She leads the Inspire MediLaw Introduction to Inquests training, alongside Dr Chris Danbury.
Barrister, Head of Clinical Negligence, St Johns ChambersView Profile
Barrister, Head of Clinical Negligence, St Johns ChambersVanessa worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in the NHS before studying law and being called to the Bar in 2000. She leads a successful and expanding Clinical Negligence team. She brings a strong medical knowledge to her extensive clinical negligence practice and to personal injury cases in which complex medical issues arise and is a trained mediator. Her kind and very thoughtful approach to claims makes an often frustrating process more bearable for the client. Peers praise her for her pragmatic approach, and being able to filter out the wheat from the chaff and boil it down so she can give practical advice in understandable terms. Clients have said that her medical background is really helpful in cases with technical medical issues.
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Bristol Medico-Legal Society
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Qualifications & awards:
- LLB and Bar Vocational Course at the University of the West of England
- Harmsworth Scholar Middle Temple
- LL.M Medical Law, Cardiff University
Barrister, St Johns ChambersView Profile
Barrister, St Johns ChambersMarcus has a specialised practice focussed on all aspects of personal injury, clinical negligence and inquests. He has a busy practice which is balanced between court and paper work as well as being a trained mediator. Having specialised in personal injury, clinical negligence and inquest work, Marcus is regularly instructed to conduct cases on the fast-track and multi-track. He is very experienced in conducting trials and interim hearings, drafting pleadings and Part 35 questions to experts, and providing advice on liability, quantum and settlement tactics. He is happy to act for both claimants and defendants and he understands that in order to successfully represent clients you need an in-depth understanding of both sides of a case. He also appreciates the needs of his professional clients in a continually changing market. He is committed to providing a rapid turnaround of paperwork with practical and tactically sound advice. Marcus is very good with clients, and very forensic in the way that he approaches evidence and spots the really important issues. He’s very thorough, quick to respond, professional, articulate, intellectual but still relating to clients. He provides clear advice and goes out of his way to be proactive and provide additional value.” Chambers UK, 2020 Clinical Negligence
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Western Circuit
Qualifications & awards:
- BPTC Outstanding, Kaplan Law School
- LLB Law First Class, Cardiff University