Legal Panel

LEGAL PANEL

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 Stables

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Lauren Sutherland QC

Clinical Negligence Advocate, Ampersand Stables

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.

Ian Cohen

Head of Clinical Negligence & Disease, Simpson Millar LLP

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Ian Cohen

Head of Clinical Negligence & Disease, Simpson Millar LLP

Ian 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.

Interests:


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."

 

Aidan O’Brien

Clinical Negligence Barrister, Farrar's Building

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Aidan O’Brien

Clinical Negligence Barrister, Farrar's Building

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. "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

David Locke

Health Litigation Partner, Hill Dickinson LLP

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David Locke

Health Litigation Partner, 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.

Paul Sankey

Medical Negligence Partner, Enable Law

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Paul Sankey

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."

Christian Beadell

Senior Solicitor/Team Leader, Fletchers Solicitors

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Christian Beadell

Senior Solicitor/Team Leader, Fletchers Solicitors

Christian 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 Inn

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Simon Fox QC

Clinical Negligence Barrister, Serjeants Inn

Simon 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 Publications

MB, 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/Articles

Simon 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

Reported

Bayley Porter (by her mother and litigation friend Kelly Porter) v Barts Health NHS Trust [2017] 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 [2017] 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 [2015] 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 [2017] 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 recommendations

Simon 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.
 

Ann Logan

Partner & Clinical Negligence Lawyer, Balfour + Manson

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Ann Logan

Partner & Clinical Negligence Lawyer, Balfour + Manson

I 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.
Contact

Email: ann.logan@balfour-manson.co.uk
Tel: 0131 200 1270
 

Matthew Trinder

Clinical Negligence Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

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Matthew Trinder

Clinical Negligence Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

Matthew 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 [2014] 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

 

Gordon Exall

Barrister, Kings Chambers

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Gordon Exall

Barrister, Kings Chambers

Areas 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.

Practice Summary

Gordon’s practice focuses on civil disputes, sanctions, personal injury and damages. He has an enormous depth of knowledge, having appeared in numerous cases, written a number of books and lectured frequently in these areas of law. Gordon also writes his own blogs 'Civil Litigation Brief', ‘Fatal Accident Law’ and 'Accidents at Work after The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform  Act 2013

Seminars

Gordon has lectured and broadcast widely on the issues of civil procedure and personal injury.  Recent webcasts include: “Drafting Witness Statements”; “Myths about limitation for personal injury lawyers.

Gordon has lectured on sanctions for the Law Society Civil Litigation Group and the Association of Costs Lawyers annual conference. He has lectured on procedure, limitation, witness statements, fatal accidents and accidents at work for Zenith Chambers. Gordon has lectured at the Association of Costs Lawyers annual conference; given the headline speech at the MASS annual meeting and chaired several national conferences on law and procedure and spoken at the PIBA annual conference.

Ana Samuel

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete Counsel

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Ana Samuel

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete Counsel

Ana 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.

Charles Feeny

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete Counsel

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Charles Feeny

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Barrister, Complete Counsel

Chalres 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.

Laura Cleevely

Associate, Clinical Negligence, Slater & Gordon LLP

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Laura Cleevely

Associate, Clinical Negligence, Slater & Gordon LLP

Experience 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
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgical errors

Heather Moore

Clinical Negligence Solicitor, Slater & Gordon LLP

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Heather Moore

Clinical Negligence Solicitor, Slater & Gordon LLP

Experience 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

Fiona Sterritt

Partner, HHD Solicitors

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Fiona Sterritt

Partner, HHD Solicitors

Fiona 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.

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Carolyn Lowe

Partner, Head of Clinical Negligence, Freeths LLP

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Carolyn Lowe

Partner, Head of Clinical Negligence, Freeths LLP

Carolyn 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.