Areas of specialism
As joint head of the clinical negligence department, I deal with complex, high value clinical negligence cases.
Expertise and key strengths
My particular expertise is in complex brain injury cases including birth injury claims and clients with Cerebral Palsy. Other high value cases include acting for clients where the individual has suffered a stroke, resulting in permanent injury and paralysis.
Recent successes have included recovering substantial compensation for a client who was left with paralysis following a preventable stroke and another who suffered a below knee amputation due to the failure to diagnose and adequately treat an infection to his foot. Both cases were hard fought with the claims for compensation originally rejected by the defendants.
I have been a solicitor for more than 20 years. I joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2011 having been responsible for the personal injury and clinical negligence departments of my previous firm.
Proudest professional achievement
One well known case I was involved in – Beck V MOD (Court of Appeal) – led to new guidelines being laid down about the use of expert witnesses in cases. Now, an expert’s findings have to be disclosed, whether or not they are favourable to a claimant or a defendant’s case, before a new expert can be instructed. The aim is to discourage lawyers from shopping around for the expert reports most favourable to their case.
Winning my first trial and securing my first seven-figure settlement are also career highlights.
Qualifications and professional memberships
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Accredited Senior Litigator
- Member of the Law Society’s Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel
- Advanced Diploma Personal Injury Litigation