Health

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.

Third non-lawyer Partner for Weightmans as six promoted in latest round

National law firm Weightmans has announced the promotion of its third non-lawyer to Partner as it welcomes six to fixed share partnership.

John Schorah
John Schorah Managing Partner
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NHSI cash recovery programme

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

Rachel Kneale
Rachel Kneale Partner

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CANH discontinuance without a hearing and best interests

The Court of Protection has declared that it was in the best interests of a patient in a PVS for CANH to be discontinued. The decision confirms that…

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate

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Changes at Weightmans as Senior Partner announces retirement

Dan Cutts will leave the firm at the end of April after almost twenty years


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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.

Rachel Kneale
Rachel Kneale Partner

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Court of Appeal win expected to save NHS millions in legal costs

NHS Resolution has successfully appealed three test cases concerning the recovery of legal costs where claimants changed their funding from legal aid…


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Public sector case law update

With numerous important judgements passed recently, we have summarised recent cases with links provided to the full judgments and our legal updates…

Peter Wake
Peter Wake Partner

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Scottish Duty of Candour Regulations to come into force on 1 April 2018

Organisations are also under a statutory duty to ensure that employees receive relevant training on the duty of candour


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