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.

New interim guidance on decisions to withdraw CANH

The BMA, Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the General Medical Council (GMC) have issued interim guidance on making decisions in relation to CANH…

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate
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Limitation and jurisdiction - The Care Act and recovery of care home fees

In a useful decision for local authorities, the High Court has dismissed an appeal against a county court decision in favour of Nottinghamshire County…

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate

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Withdrawal of CANH and best interests – CoP involvement not required where family and doctors agree

The High Court has granted a declaration that it was not mandatory to seek the court’s consent to the withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and…

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate

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PI awards can't be considered - provision for after-care

A local authority is still under a duty to provide after-care services to a claimant under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate

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New ACAS guidance on supporting parents with sick or premature babies

New parents whose children are born prematurely or encounter medical difficulties at birth can go through a very difficult time.


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First Court of Appeal judgment on Care Act 2014

In its first judgment dealing with the Care Act 2014, the Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a severely disabled man over a council’s decision…

Simon Goacher
Simon Goacher Partner

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Government discount rate announcement has strategic implications for compensators

On 7 September 2017 the Government issued an early morning stock market announcement, outlining how it intends to approach the issue of the discount…

David Johnson
David Johnson Partner

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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…

Rachel Kneale
Rachel Kneale Partner

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