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Ian Critchley



Ian is a partner with over 13 years' experience in dealing with healthcare matters, specialising in clinical negligence litigation. He has advised NHS Trusts and NHS Resolution throughout that time. Ian manages a wide case load of high value, complicated and sensitive claims on behalf of NHS Resolution (formally the NHS LA) including maximum severity birth injury claims.

He has particular expertise in surgical claims and cases involving spinal injuries, brain damage, amputation, the delayed diagnosis of cancer and orthopaedic injuries. Many of Ian’s cases involve complex medical and quantum issues. Ian has also dealt with highly sensitive cases on behalf of NHSR involving significant publicity, including the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust group action claims.

He adopts a sensible and pragmatic approach to managing claims in order to achieve a fair and reasonable resolution for all parties. During the past 12 months Ian has dealt with a high value spinal injury claim (£5m+) involving periodical payments, which was successfully resolved at a JSM; another high value claim (£2m+) on behalf of two NHS Trusts in which the claimant was forced to accept a Part 36 offer out of time resulting in the recovery of a proportion of defence costs; and a successful defence by way of strike out of an unmerited claim alleging a delay in diagnosis of cancer.

Ian has also lectured to NHS Trusts on a variety of issues including risk management, consent, duty of candour and the clinical negligence litigation process. He assists with patient safety projects and is responsible for managing all day to day aspects of the large Healthcare teams in Liverpool and Manchester, including various NHS Trust secondments.

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