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Luke Gleeson

Principal Associate

Biography

Luke is a Principal Associate in the London Healthcare team who acts on behalf of NHS Resolution in a wide range of clinical negligence and personal injury cases.

Luke is dual qualified, having qualified initially in Ireland in 2011 where he gained significant litigation experience dealing with personal injury and clinical negligence claims on behalf of the State Claims Agency (SCA), Irish Public Bodies (IPB) and AIG.

Luke qualified in England & Wales in 2012 and since joining Weightmans in 2013, has acted exclusively on behalf of NHS Resolution, dealing with claims concerned with defendant clinical negligence, as well as employer and public liability claims.

Luke handles a number of complex and high-value cases which include both clinical and non-clinical claims. Although he handles a wide variety of different claims, he has a particular interest in surgical claims and cases involving delayed diagnosis and orthopaedic injuries, psychiatric cases, bullying and stress at work claims.

Luke robustly, but astutely, handles claims and has demonstrated this by taking and successfully defending five cases at trial in the last two years alone.

Notable cases include:

  • DMcD v West London Meath Health NHS Trust (2017) – arising out of an assault of a Health Care Assistant by an inmate at Broadmoor. The court had to identify the correct test to use in terms of breach of duty and the relevance of Bolam in light of the decision in Buck v. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust [2006] and whether the defendant exposed the claimant to needless risks or the risks which the exercise of reasonable care on the part of the defendant could avoid. An application was made to strike out the claim on the morning of the first of a scheduled five day trial and after two days the HHJ Saggerson struck out the claim in favour of the defendant.
  • SS v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (2017), alleged failure to diagnose and repair an anastomotic leak following surgery for bowel cancer. The claimant required to undergo emergency surgery as a result of developing sepsis. The claim was defended at trial where the judge found for the defendant and dismissed the claimant’s claim. The claimant was ordered to pay the defendants costs of the action.

In addition to his caseload he is responsible for the internal management of the clinical negligence department in London.

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