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Elizabeth Maliakal

Associate, Clinical Negligence

General Practice Surgical Errors Fatal Accidents Claims Clinical Negligence Inquests


Elizabeth is a highly-experienced and respected clinical negligence solicitor who qualified in 1998 and joined the clinical negligence team at Hudgells in November 2020.

An expert in complex and high-value cases who represents people who have sustained serious injuries as a result of clinical negligence. Elizabeth also holds experience in representing families at Inquest following the loss of a loved one.

My View

Every claim and every client is different and this is what makes my job interesting. Working hard on behalf of clients and helping them navigate their way through what can seem like a complex and lengthy medical negligence case is rewarding.

Bringing a medical negligence claim for some clients can be an emotional experience. In addition to providing legal advice I always try to support my clients emotionally throughout the claims process. In a previous role I used to represent doctors in medical claims so I have a valuable insight into how and why claims are defended which is an advantage when representing my clients. In my spare time I am a volunteer on a telephone helpline for the patient safety charity AvMA where I provide free legal advice to patients and their families.

Significant Cases

During the course of representing a family in Inquest proceedings I succeeded in an application for Judicial Review against the Coroner. The Coroner had made an unlawful decision regarding the conduct of a medical experts discussion which would have put the family at a disadvantage at the Inquest. I successfully challenged the Coroners decision in the High Court resulting in an outcome which was fair to the family.

I represented a young mother (and her two children) whose husband died suddenly following negligent GP treatment. A simple referral to hospital would have prevented this tragic death. I secured a substantial award of damages for the family which provided them with financial stability for the future.


  • Law Degree ( LLB) University of Newcastle – upon – Tyne
  • Legal Practice Course ( York )

Client Testimonials

“Thank you so much for the professional, caring and polite way in which you conducted and brought to finality mum’s medical negligence claim. Especially your patience and guidance in explaining things when matters were a bit confusing.“ ~ Mrs G

“Thank you for your persistence and assistance throughout my case. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for your professionalism and support , resulting in a successful outcome for me.” ~ Mr P

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