Jessica SwiftPrincipal Associate
Jessica qualified as a solicitor in 2015 having completed her training contract with Weightmans and subsequently qualified into the Regulatory department in Liverpool. Since qualification, Jessica has focussed her practice on representing both NHS and private healthcare providers at inquest, as well as NHS Trusts designated Core Participant status in public inquiries.
Jessica uses excellent knowledge and understanding of the coronial process to advocate at inquests involving complex medical issues, many involving juries, Article 2 ECHR and/or matters of a sensitive nature; many of which have attracted regional, national and international media attention. Jessicas practice involves supporting and guiding NHS professionals, including, doctors, nurses and paramedics through the public inquiry or inquest procedure.
Jessica has represented at inquests resulting from fatal road traffic collisions and accidents at work. She regularly liaises with medical defence unions before, during and after inquest and has developed a strong professional relationship with many of the Coroners and other legal professionals in the North West coronial jurisdictions.
Jessica also often assists with supporting clients with their internal investigation processes and is able to competently advise on conflicts of interest between organisations and their staff members.
Jessica acted for over 18 months as in-house solicitor for an NHS healthcare provider, focussing mainly on advising and representing the Trust at inquest whilst supporting their Board of Directors and employees with all manner of inquest related queries. During this time, Jessica was responsible for providing bespoke training to the organisation to assist with preparation for and attendance at inquest proceedings. She has also provided in-house legal support to a number of other NHS clients, advising and guiding them through the inquest procedure.