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Claims for medical malpractice can be complex and often involve substantial sums in damages and costs; our team can provide advice on all aspects of liability and quantum. We act on behalf of a number of medical malpractice insurers, working closely with brokers and other intermediaries. Our services also include running medico-legal helplines for a variety of healthcare professionals, including surgeons and dentists. We routinely handle high value birth injury and other catastrophic injury claims against medical professionals and organisations, with reserves in excess of £20m but we also have the necessary expertise to advise on lower value claims in areas such as dentistry and cosmetic treatment.

We have specialist lawyers based in our offices in Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Manchester with vast experience of handling medical malpractice claims and the interplay with healthcare regulatory matters such as inquests and professional disciplinary issues. Our team includes dual qualified doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who understand the socio-economic and political pressures our clients face. This insight, combined with commercial awareness and experience in cases with a media interest enables us to make a real difference, whether acting for the healthcare organisation or an individual healthcare professional via their indemnifiers.

We work collaboratively with our clients to ensure that we listen to their needs, understand their business and implement their instructions. We are prepared to advise defending appropriate cases to trial but are equally adept at advising on strategies that deliver the most commercially effective resolution of claims to our clients, including Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 receives Royal Assent

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill received Royal Assent on 1 November 2018 and became an Act.

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate
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Satellite litigation window firmly shut by Supreme Court

Supreme Court holds that an employer does not owe its employees a duty of care during misconduct litigation proceedings

Rachel Kneale
Rachel Kneale Partner

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Court of Appeal overturns decision striking off doctor convicted of gross negligence manslaughter

The Court of Appeal has rejected an argument by the General Medical Council (GMC) that the original Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal panel was wrong…

Simon Turner
Simon Turner Partner

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The Court of Appeal and the case of the disappearing dismissal

Court of Appeal confirms that a successful appeal can rectify an unfair dismissal

Louise Singh
Louise Singh Associate

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HSIB publish report into mental health services transition

The HSIB has published a report to support new learning culture around mistakes in the NHS, reviewing the transition of mental health care services.

Richard Jolly
Richard Jolly Partner

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Legislation to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards introduced

Government introduces Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill to the House of Lords, seeking to replace the ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards'.

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate

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Social care funding in the spotlight: ADASS Budget Survey 2018

ADASS survey reveals ongoing concerns over budget cuts, demographic pressure and staff recruitment and retention in "increasingly fragile and failing"…

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate

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The duty to warn and the limited application of Chester v Afshar

Court of Appeal finds that an NHS Trust did not breach its duty of care by failing to warn a patient of the risk of developing post-surgical pain

Rachel Kneale
Rachel Kneale Partner

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