Rachel joined Weightmans in 2014 where she leads the healthcare team. She has acted for the NHS Resolution (previously the NHSLA) and NHS Trusts since 1997 and was previously at Trowers and Hamlins and Hempsons. Rachel is recognised as a leading figure in clinical negligence.

Rachel specialises in the highest value clinical negligence claims including obstetric, neurological and other catastrophic injuries. She has particular expertise on quantum issues and has settled a large number of cases involving periodical payments. Rachel is a nominated partner for NHS Resolution and supervises both clinical and non clinical claims on their behalf.

Rachel regularly advises and delivers lectures for clients on claims related topics.


Insights NHSI cash recovery programme

NHS Improvement plans to recover £44 million for 50 NHS trusts, income lost from overseas patients potentially ineligible for treatment.

Insights NHS not required to provide non-urgent treatment when patient entitlement is uncertain

High Court rules that it was not possible to decide if a Nigerian woman was ordinarily a UK resident, and entitled to free NHS medical treatment.

Insights Government plan fixed costs for clinical negligence

The Government will set up a working group to develop a ‘bespoke process for clinical negligence claims and a grid of costs’. In a consultation…

Insights The problem of ‘missing’ witnesses and the need for contemporaneous statements

Clinical negligence claim in the matter of TW (A Child) v Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation trust . Patient Safety of a minor injured at birth and…

Insights No damages for ‘loss of personal autonomy’ due to failure to obtain informed consent

The Court of Appeal has provided clear guidance to the effect that there is no separate and freestanding right to damages for ‘loss of personal…

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Rachel Kneale, is 'an experienced litigator with an unrivalled experience of quantum value claims'. Legal 500 2017

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Rachel Kneale, is 'an experienced litigator with an unrivalled experience of quantum value claims'.

Legal 500 2017

"Rachel handles claims for NHS trusts and is particularly noted for her quantum expertise. Sources term her 'really good,' remarking that she "takes a reasonable approach while standing up for her client.'"

Chambers & Partners 2016

"Rachel Kneale is 'a great asset to the London team'."

Legal 500 2015
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