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Matthew Heap

Partner
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Matthew Heap

Partner

Matthew is a Partner in the Clinical Negligence team.

A specialist in complex clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury, and cases of death caused by trauma, failure to diagnose or mistreatment.

Matthew has particular expertise in brain injury cases, particularly those involving children who have cerebral palsy because of the mismanagement of their birth by the NHS or a private healthcare provider.  He acts for clients throughout the UK, often referred to him by former clients or through the Child Brain Injury Trust.

Matthew also handles cases of serious criminal injury, cases with challenging or unusual accident circumstances and cases abandoned or rejected by other law firms.

Matthew is a member of the Manchester Arena Attack Pro Bono Legal Panel and is actively assisting the victims of the May 2017 attack.

Recent examples of how Matthew has helped clients include:

• recovering £7.75 million for a child with a brain injury, in a case the mother and other solicitors thought had little prospect of success;

• securing £2.75 million for the dependents of a salesman;

• securing substantial damages (£2.625m lump sum and annual payments of £160,000 to age 11, £180,000 to age 19, £240,000 thereafter) in a case involving sever dystonic cerebral palsy arising from mismanagement of labour and an alleged failure by the Defendant’s midwives to detect fetal hypoxia prior to birth; and

• obtaining a settlement of £775,000 for a gentleman in his seventies, following amputation of his leg above the knee.

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Helen Niebuhr

Partner
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Helen Niebuhr

Partner

Helen is a Partner in the Clinical Negligence team.

She is an expert in cerebral palsy, brain injury and death caused by mistakes made in medical treatment by the NHS or private practitioners.

Helen has recovered tens of millions of pounds in compensation for clients who have suffered due to negligence in clinical care.  For children and those clients who have received compensation for permanent brain damage or long-term disability, Helen acts as a trustee or court-appointed deputy to support families in decisions about future care, how compensation ought to be spent or invested. She is also a specialist in equine accidents.

Helen is a member of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel.

Helen advises in cases of professional negligence by other solicitors who have mishandled cases involving personal injury or clinical negligence.

Recent examples of how Helen has helped clients include:

• recovering over £500,000 for the family of a child who died because of a medical accident;

• securing the highest ever compensation payment (at the time) for a victim of cerebral palsy; and

• recovering an additional £13 million for a group of clients, by insisting on a provision in the settlement agreements which entitled them to further compensation in certain circumstances.

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Jonathan Phillips

Partner
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Jonathan Phillips

Partner

Jonathan is a Partner in the Clinical Negligence team.

He specialises in advising clients and their families who have suffered catastrophic injuries because of failures in medical care.

Jonathan acts for clients who have suffered brain and spinal injuries, had a cancer misdiagnosis or whose loved ones have died while under the care of a medical professional.  He is also experienced in cerebral palsy claims for children who suffered brain damage at birth. Jonathan has also handled many claims following a fatal accident and often represents families at inquests across the country.

Jonathan is a member of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel.

Recent examples of how Jonathan has helped clients include:

• a multi-million-pound settlement for a PhD student who suffered permanent damage to his spinal cord when a hospital failed to properly treat his brain tumor;

• six figure compensation for someone who suffered complete blindness after delay in diagnosing a stroke;

• compensation for the dependents of a young mother who passed away when her GP failed to recognise and treat a heart condition; a substantial settlement for a young mother who had her womb and lymph nodes removed when incorrectly diagnosed with aggressive ovarian cancer; and

• compensation of over £500,000 for the widow of a 75 year old businessman, admitted to hospital with a fractured hip, who died when the hospital failed to treat a deep vein thrombosis.

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Kay Taylor

Partner
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Kay Taylor

Partner

Kay is a Partner in the Clinical Negligence team.

She has over 20 years experience in obtaining compensation for victims of clinical negligence by the NHS and private medical clinics.

Kay is an expert in claims involving injuries incurred at birth, including those resulting in cerebral palsy. Kay acts for clients with long term disabilities including brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputations and injuries arising from a failure to diagnose or properly treat meningitis. She also acts for families whose loved ones have died while under the care of a medical professional.

Kay is a member of The Law Society clinical negligence accreditation scheme.

Recent examples of how Kay has helped clients include:

• successfully pursuing multi-million pound claims for children/adults left with cerebral palsy and brain injuries due to mistakes made during birth and the neonatal period;

• securing substantial compensation in amputation claims to include the provision of high specification prosthetic limbs as well as alternative accommodation, life-long care and support through rehabilitation;

• negotiating a six figure settlement for a terminally ill patient after an NHS Trust failed to diagnose and treat thyroid cancer; and

• assisting many families who have lost a loved one due to due to negligence in achieving compensation and support for the future.

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Jenny Clendining

Senior Associate
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Jenny Clendining

Senior Associate

Jenny is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

Jenny's expertise in clinical negligence covers a wide range of claims from mistakes in general surgery including bile duct injuries, orthopedic injuries and delayed diagnosis of cancer to birth injuries, as well as fatal accidents, coroner's inquests and claims under the Fatal Accident Act.

Jenny's specialist area is brain and birth injury, catastrophic and acquired, and cerebral palsy, supporting families at a difficult time through initial investigation and gathering of expert reports, securing interim payments to improve quality of life.

Recent examples of how Jenny has helped clients include:

• securing an interim payment to cover living costs and rehabilitation for a victim with brain injury after being struck by a lorry, in a case that ultimately settled for £1.7 million;

• assisting the family of a mother who died through medical negligence in instituting mandatory changes in procedure to prevent the same mistake, and securing compensation on behalf of the victim's estate; and

• securing compensation for a patient with prostate cancer, after being negligently diagnosed too late to prevent the illness becoming terminal.

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Laura Cook

Senior Associate
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Laura Cook

Senior Associate

Laura is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

Laura advises individuals and families affected by the negligence of medical practitioners.  Her expertise lies in securing compensation for the mismanagement of pregnancy, failing to spot genetic or other abnormalities during pregnancy, birth injuries resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy, and patients who have died as a result of medical malpractice and often where an inquest is required.

Laura also advises on complex personal injury claims involving brain damage, serious spinal damage or other life-changing injuries which occur as a result of road traffic accidents, accidents at work or while on private land or in public spaces.

Laura acts for clients throughout England and Wales.  Most of her cases are for children who have been left with disabilities as a result of mistakes made during their birth, and for parents pursuing wrongful birth claims in cases where a termination should have been offered due to fetal abnormalities.

Recent examples of how Laura has helped clients include:

• recovering over £6 million from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust to cover the 24-hour care needs of a child due to genetic abnormalities that should have been identified during the mother's pregnancy;

• a multi-million pound settlement for a little boy that suffered profound brain damage at birth due to negligent delays in his delivery;

• recovering substantial compensation from Brighton and Sussex NHS University Hospitals NHS Trust for failing to prevent an avoidable post-birth haemorrhage that resulted in a new mum requiring a life-saving hysterectomy at the age of 25;  and

• recovering compensation for bereaved parents from the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for failing to advise them on the increased risks of giving birth to a large baby and allowing the pregnancy to go significantly overdue.

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Tim Dennis

Senior Associate
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Tim Dennis

Senior Associate

Tim is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

Tim acts on behalf of people who have suffered because of negligence by a GP, a surgeon or any medical staff in the NHS or private healthcare, securing compensation to help them cope with healthcare needs, adaptations to their home and loss of earnings.  Types of negligence include mis-diagnosis, delays in diagnosis or surgical errors which result in avoidable complications, life-changing injuries or death.  Tim has a great deal of experience in helping people who have suffered due to a delayed diagnosis of cancer or have had an inappropriate amputation due to a delay in diagnosing diabetes.

Tim acts for adult and child victims of medical negligence, their families who must manage care, and the bereaved families in the case of fatal injury.

Recent examples of how Tim has helped clients include:

• obtaining a lump sum of £1.5 million and an annual index-linked payment of £115,000 to cover the 24-hour care costs for a child who suffered serious brain injury when a hospital failed to recognise an infection;

• negotiating compensation of £520,000 for a lady who suffered from permanent incontinence and bowel damage following radio-therapy, a treatment which was only required because pre-cancerous changes had not been identified on historical smear tests;

• securing £125,000 for the family of a lady who died prematurely after a diagnosis of bowel cancer was missed;

• acting for the family of a patient who died following bariatric surgery for weight loss; and

• obtaining compensation for lady who suffered heart problems after an infection which occurred because a swab had been left inside her during the fitting of a pacemaker.

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Charlotte Moore

Senior Associate
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Charlotte Moore

Senior Associate

Charlotte is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

She is a specialist in obtaining compensation for people who have suffered negligent medical treatment by NHS hospitals, GPs or private doctors.

Charlotte has secured compensation, and funding for ongoing care, adapted accommodation, loss of earnings, aids and equipment and therapies, for clients who have suffered as a result of negligence on the part of their medical practitioner and the families of children and adults who have died during clinical treatment.  Acting against the NHS hospitals, GPs and private doctors, her experience includes the following types of cases: amputation, visual loss, orthopaedic, stillbirth, fatal, gynaecological, colorectal, developmental dysplasia of the hip, cancer (bowel, rectal, breast, cervical, vulval and lung) and general medical.  Charlotte also works on behalf of clients with severe brain injury.

Recent examples of how Charlotte has helped clients include:

• obtaining £700,000 for a child who has mobility problems following a delay in diagnosing septic arthritis of the hip;

• a payment of £675,000 for the family of a patient who died due to a delay in diagnosing rectal cancer;

• compensation for reduced life expectancy and restricted mobility of £500,000 following the negligent transplant of an infected kidney;

• negotiating a payment of £300,000 when a delay in diagnosing vulval cancer lead to death;

• compensation for visual loss of £164,000 due to a delay in diagnosing glaucoma; and

• obtaining £65,000 for lady who suffered a fourth degree vaginal tear during child birth.

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Jo Rixon

Senior Associate
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Jo Rixon

Senior Associate

Jo is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

Jo defends business owners and individuals facing claims for compensation after personal injury or negligence involving horses, on equestrian premises or at equestrian events.  Claims, often brought under the Animals Act, typically relate to injuries to employees at work, members of the public who are injured during lessons, while trekking or at an event, and in road traffic accidents where a horse is spooked.  She also handles disputes under the Sale of Goods Act, where the purchaser of a new horse claims that it is unsuitable or unfit for purpose.

Working with one of the leading equine insurance brokers, Jo has defended racing and livery yard owners, riding schools, saddlers, event owners and landowners throughout Great Britain.

Recent examples of how Jo has helped clients include:

• securing the dismissal of a £1 million claim against a race-horse trainer at the High Court, brought by an employee who suffered a head injury when the string of nine horses in which they rode was spooked;

• successfully defending the organisers of the international horse show from a claim under the Occupiers Liability Act, when a visitor suffered a serious spinal injury from the hydraulic ramp on their horsebox;

• supporting an event organiser and negotiating a settlement with the family of a young person who was killed in an accident involving a pony and trap; and

• defending the owner of an equestrian centre against a claim for compensation from an apprentice rider who was blinded in one eye by the branch of a tree when riding in the countryside.

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Sharon Tuckey

Senior Associate
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Sharon Tuckey

Senior Associate

Sharon is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

She advises individuals, trustees and court appointed deputies on the management of the financial affairs and personal welfare needs of clients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries as a result of clinical negligence or personal injury and who, as a result, lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.  Her work includes advising on how compensation payments should be used and invested to ensure a client's needs are met, making applications to the Court of Protection for permission to make specific purchases to aid recovery or improve quality of life.  Sharon also assists parents of children who are about to turn 18 to obtain the legal right to continue to be informed and consulted about medical and social care decisions.

Sharon acts for clients throughout the UK, and is particularly experienced in dealing with the financial affairs and lifetime care needs of brain damaged children who have suffered brain damage.

Recent examples of how Sharon has helped clients includes:

• successfully obtaining permission from the Court of Protection to buy a new property for a child with brain damage where it was impossible for the current family home to be adapted to meet the child's needs;

• helping parents remain involved in decisions affecting their child after turning 18 when the family GP believed the child had the capacity to make decisions alone;

• supporting a family not used to managing large sums of money to make prudent investment decisions to ensure compensation received by their child would cover all future care costs; and

• securing permission from the Court of Protection to use part of a compensation award to fund the installation of a hydrotherapy pool in the family home of a child with brain damage to aid their rehabilitation and personal comfort.

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Laura Bland

Associate
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Laura Bland

Associate

Laura is an Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

Laura advises clients with clinical negligence claims and has extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of clinical negligence claims including, complex orthopaedic cases, delay in diagnosis of cancer cases, gynaecological claims including perineal tears, claims against GPs, fatal claims, stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

Laura also works with other senior team members on a wide range of cases, including acquired brain injury cases and cerebral palsy claims.

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Nicholas Lewis

Associate
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Nicholas Lewis

Associate

Nicholas is an Associate in the Clinical Negligence team.

Nicholas advises private individuals and major UK insurers on the bringing and defending of personal injury claims in the islands of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, particularly those arising out of road traffic accidents.  His work includes assessing the strength and value of claims, determining where fault lies and where legal proceedings should be issued, attempting to resolve disputes without the need for court action and advising clients in court proceedings where this becomes necessary.  Nicholas is particularly experienced in dealing with the claims for psychological injury and chronic pain which can be difficult to prove and value.

Nicholas is a specialist in the procedural and costs rules of the Channel Islands legal systems, all of which differ, and in dealing with accidents affecting residents of the islands which occur in mainland Europe.

Recent examples of how Nicholas has helped clients includes:

• successfully settling a complicated multi-jurisdictional claim for a Portuguese child, whose family lived in Jersey, who had been injured in a car accident in France involving a lorry registered in Spain which was driven by a resident of Morocco, and where the insurer of the car the child was travelling in was registered in England;

• recovering tens of thousands of pounds from the Motor Insurers' Bureau on behalf of a motorcyclist in Jersey who had been hit by an uninsured driver;

• obtaining nearly £200,000 for a client who had suffered psychological injuries and the development of chronic pain following a road traffic accident, where the insurer alleged that they were consciously exaggerating their symptoms; and

• helping a client recover substantial damages for a personal injury which dislodged a spinal cord simulator that alleviated chronic pain arising from a brain tumour and negligent dental treatment.

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Rachel Gibby

Solicitor
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Rachel Gibby

Solicitor

Rachel is a Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team. 

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Farah Tasneem

Solicitor
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Farah Tasneem

Solicitor

Farah is a Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team.

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Rebecca Wilson

Solicitor
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Rebecca Wilson

Solicitor

Rebecca is a Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team.

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Kathryn Morgan

Legal Executive
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Kathryn Morgan

Legal Executive

Kathryn is a Legal Executive in the Clinical Negligence team.