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Helen Niebuhr

Helen Niebuhr

Partner

About me

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 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:

  • HJR v Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, recovering in excess of £9 million lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a girl born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £15 million)
  • XYZ v ABC, £4 million lump sum for 49 year old man injured in a road traffic accident
  • TBE v Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, £4,920,000 lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a boy with athetoid cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £10 million)
  • JMH v Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, £5,573,000 lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a boy with athetoid cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £12 million)

Helen is always willing to go the extra mile to pursue clients’ interests vigorously and has a client friendly approach. Helen has also developed a niche specialism in equine law through her interest in horses and handles many injury cases involving equine activities for both claimant and Defendant often involving serious brain or spinal injuries. Helen also acts as Deputy in Court of Protection matters involving personal injury awards and supports and assists injured claimants in management of their financial awards.

“Helen Niebuhr is simply brilliant. She displays a great grasp of her specialist area and puts you at ease and comfortable in asking any questions. She is patient, supportive and empathetic which is a perfect combination when having to support upset parents and talk about painful memories. The smallest thing was never too much trouble and the speed of replies always made you feel that the case was progressing. Her grasp of the situation was outstanding and she was able to give legal advice and wise counsel to us as a family as to what to expect” – Mr MR, father of HJR

Helen qualified in 1994 and has an MBA in Management of Legal Practice. She has been a speaker on courses for CLT, LexisNexis and other organisations and has regularly published articles in journals including Solicitors Journal, British Horse, Horse magazine and been Lawyer of the Week in the Law Society Gazette. Outside interests include horses, dogs, children and travel – often all together.

01865 811712

helen.niebuhr@clmedilaw.co.uk

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Matthew Heap

Matthew Heap

Partner

About me

Matthew’s practice encompasses a wide range of complex clinical negligence and catastrophic personal injury cases.

He has particular expertise in brain injury cases, particularly those involving children who have cerebral palsy arising from the mismanagement of their mother’s pregnancy and labour, their birth or their neonatal care;

Matthew has also acted in a number of high value fatal cases arising from both road accidents or delayed cancer diagnoses, and cases involving both upper and lower limb amputation;

He acts for clients throughout the UK, often referred to him by former clients, charities or other organisations. Matthew’s cases have regularly involved challenging or unusual accident circumstances, some of which have been rejected by, abandoned by, or transferred away from 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.

Examples of how Matthew’s advice and representation has benefited our clients include:

  • LAX -v- York Hospitals NHS Trust a lump sum of £3.8million and annual payments of £319,000 for a young man left with Cerebral Palsy having suffered severe brain damage due to the negligent management of his birth;
  • A lump sum of £3.292 million and annual payments of £100,000 for a young lady who suffered a brain injury in utero as a consequence of a road traffic accident;
  • Securing £675,000 for the wife and son left behind by a husband and father who died from a rare and aggressive cancer that developed as a result of clinical failings in the treatment of earlier testicular cancer;
  • IXZ -v- Bedford NHS Hospital Trust: securing substantial damages (£2.625 million lump sum and annual payments of £160,000 to age 11, £180,000 to age 19, £240,000 thereafter) in a case involving severe dystonic cerebral palsy arising from mismanagement of labour and an alleged failure by the Defendant’s midwives to detect fetal hypoxia prior to birth;
  • Recovering £7.75 million for a child with a brain injury, in a RTA pedestrian case the mother and other solicitors thought had little prospect of success;
  • Securing £2.75 million for the dependents of a cyclist following a fatal accident;
  • Obtaining a settlement of £775,000 for a gentleman in his seventies, following amputation of his leg above the knee after his motorcycle was hit by a car.
  • Securing a settlement in excess of £2.5million for a passenger in a van that lost control, causing him to suffer life changing lower limb injuries.

What his client’s say:

“My brother and I first met Matthew after we had been given some horrific news. My brother was terminally ill as a result of medical negligence years previous. As a family we were at the lowest ebb of our lives and a friend had advised us to contact CL Medilaw to see if they could assist us in any way. That advice would be the best we could have received. From the outset I was impressed by Matthew’s professionalism and how at ease he made my brother feel. You could tell immediately that he was the person you wanted to fight your corner, a consummate professional who knows his trade implicitly. He had a wonderful caring manner in which he asked his questions, and you could see that he genuinely cared for our situation. throughout the process he was magnificent, always taking the time to answer any questions we had, or to keep us updated on any movements. He showed great compassion towards my sister-in-law and our family, and I couldn’t sing his praises any higher. Matthew’s performance literally changed our lives, nothing will ever bring my brother back, but Matthew’s actions have made my brother’s wife and children’s lives so much easier now they no longer have to worry financially. I thank Matthew from the bottom of my heart, and I would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone who finds themselves in the dreadful position we did.

01625 704186

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Kay Taylor

Kay Taylor

Partner

About me

Kay has over 25 years’ experience in obtaining compensation for victims of clinical negligence specialising in claims involving brain injuries including cerebral palsy and limb amputation.  Kay’s expertise lies in claims arising as a result of obstetric negligence and the mismanagement of paediatric care to include failures to diagnose and treat meningitis.

Kay has represented many families who have tragically lost their babies or where irreversible damage has occurred as result of poor maternity care and advocates for early investigation and admission errors when they occur.

Kay also acts for families whose loved ones have died while under the care of a medical professional to include claims arising as a result of a failure to diagnose and treat cancer.

Kay is a member of The Law Society clinical negligence accreditation scheme and leads the Oxford clinical negligence team at CL Medilaw.

Kay is a Trustee for Pace which is a school and charity supporting children with neurodisabilities and a keen promotor for early intervention in giving children the best chance in life.

Examples of how Kay has supported families after clinical negligence include:-

Recovering substantial compensation for a child with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and global developmental delay as a result of periventricular leukomalacia.  This claim arose following a failure by the Hospital Trust to carry out regular CTGs and interpret any undertaken correctly when the claimant’s mother was admitted to hospital complaining of headaches, blurred vision and ankle oedema caused by high blood pressure.  The claimant’s mother was discharged from hospital and the claimant’s condition subsequently deteriorated.  The Hospital Trust admitted that if adequate monitoring had taken place, the need for an earlier delivery would have been identified and all of the claimant’s brain injury would have been avoided.   The claimant requires assistance with day to day living and will be dependent on others for care and support for the rest of his life.  An early admission and funding secured immediate support in relation to accommodation, care and mobility aids.

Securing a substantial £M+ settlement for a client who underwent a left above knee amputation as a result of a failure to treat acute ischaemia.  The claim for damages settled shortly before trial and included provision for a high specification prosthetic limb as well as alternative accommodation, life-long care and support through rehabilitation;

Negotiating a £M+ settlement for a terminally ill patient after a NHS Trust failed to diagnose and treat thyroid cancer over a 7 year period.  Had the correct diagnosis been made then the Claimant would have undergone a complete thyroidectomy and subsequent radio-iodine ablation therapy which would have avoided a subsequent thyrotoxic crisis and complications arising due to bony and pulmonary metastases.  His long term prognosis would have been excellent.  An early interim payment enabled the provision of nursing care and modifications to the Claimant’s home for end of life care.  A claim was pursued by his widow subsequently and included a substantial claim for financial dependency and loss of services to provide her with security for the future.

 

Praise for Kay from clients include:-

Any questions of worries we have are always answered in depth and in such a friendly manner with nothing being too much trouble.  We can now move forward as a family with having peace of mind that our son will be thoroughly cared for for the rest of his life.”

“She guided me through what was, at the time, quite a rollercoaster of a journey and I can only add that anyone who is faced with a similar situation, or worse, would be very fortunate to be represented by Kay Taylor”

“She kept me fully informed throughout, with charm and good humour… I was so impressed with Kay that when she moved firms, I was concerned to retain her excellent services and support and so kept my case with her”

“Kay proved herself knowledgeable in the law… her negotiating skills managed, I believe, to achieve the greatest amount of compensation for me.  Far in excess of what I had expected”

01865 811783

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Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips

Partner

About me

A clinical negligence solicitor specialising 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.

Examples of how Jonathan’s advice has benefited 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.

“I received an excellent service. Jonathan Phillips was very approachable, dependable and he answered questions in detail to assist my understanding of the case. He listened to my explanation of events and offered advice on how to progress. I felt totally supported when I presented my anxieties and concerns to him.” DB, Executor of the Estate of the Late NP

“In all the years I’ve been in business, Jonathan Phillips is the most professional, honest and reliable person I’ve ever worked with.” CB

01865 811237

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Laura Cook

Laura Cook

Partner

About me

Laura specialises in in cerebral palsy and obstetric negligence claims, having a wealth of experience in acting for children who have suffered brain injuries at birth or in the neonatal period due to medical mismanagement of pregnancy, labour and delivery, and in the care of the newborn. She also acts for families when there has been a medical failure to spot genetic or other abnormalities during pregnancy, or in pregnancies that have sadly ended in a stillbirth.

Laura’s expertise also lies in cases involving delayed treatment or misdiagnosis of childhood illnesses, such as meningitis and sepsis, obtaining compensation for the long-term impact that this can have on young lives or tragically in cases where lives have been lost.

Many of Laura’s cases involve complex medical issues, and she often takes on cases that have been turned down or discontinued by other solicitors, investigating the issues in more detail and achieving a successful outcome.

Laura is an accredited Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel member.

Examples of how Laura has helped clients include:

A lump sum of £6.5 million plus annual payments for life of £164,500 for a little girl that was deprived of oxygen at her birth due to midwifery and obstetric failures to recognise fetal heart rate abnormalities and expedite her birth;

A multi-million pound settlement for a little boy that suffered profound brain damage at birth due to negligent delays in his delivery after his mother suffered a uterine rupture during labour;

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 during amniocentesis;

Recovering substantial compensation from an NHS Trust for failing to prevent an avoidable postnatal haemorrhage that resulted in a new mum required a life-saving hysterectomy at the age of 25;

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, resulting in the tragic and completely avoidable stillbirth of their daughter.

“In our initial discussion with Laura we were immediately impressed with not only her knowledge and professionalism but also her compassion during what was a very difficult time for all our family. In our dealings with Laura over a two-year period we viewed her as a friend who has been totally supportive, whilst also dealing with our claim in a very professional manner. We cannot praise her enough and would certainly recommend the team to anyone” – Mr P and family

“I just wanted to convey my sincere personal thanks to you for all your hard work, skill and attention to detail, in overseeing our case. We really appreciate everything you’ve done for us – you’ve always been on our side, always tried to pursue the things we most cared about, and always handled everything with great sensitivity and kindness. Its testament to your professionalism that we now appear to have secured a settlement with the Trust and brought things to a successful conclusion.” – Mr A

01865 811281

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Charlotte Moore

Charlotte Moore

Partner

About me

Charlotte is an experienced medical negligence solicitor who works with children and adults who have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of failings in their medical treatment. Charlotte has received Law Society specialist accreditation to undertake medical negligence work by demonstrating best practice and expertise.

Charlotte acts in cases that are medically and legally complex, and is successful in securing compensation and funding for ongoing care, adapted accommodation, loss of earnings, aids and equipment and therapies for clients who have suffered medical negligence from their GP, NHS hospitals and private doctors.  Her experience includes birth injury, amputation, cancer, ophthalmic, orthopaedic, stillbirth, fatal and general medicine cases, having secured multi million pounds settlements for her clients.

Charlotte is a Trustee for Supportability, a charity that provides support to children and adults with complex physical and learning disabilities. She assists the charity in making strategic decisions to ensure provision of services and support for their service users in the Stockport and Manchester area.

Charlotte is also a business mentor for Meningitis Now to teenagers/young adults, whose lives have been affected by a diagnosis of meningitis. Her role is to support them in maximising their potential, instil confidence and provide guidance about their career path and movement in the business world.

Charlotte is a member of APIL and The Brain Injury Group.

Examples of how Charlotte has helped 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.

07388 949953

01625 704097

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Jonathan Clement

Partner

About me

Jonathan is a Partner in the Serious Injury team.

Jonathan is passionate about his work and the rights of his clients. His focus is on ensuring that they are sufficiently compensated for their injuries to facilitate their rehabilitation and provide security in the long-term. He regularly provides expert opinion and comments to the media.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), an APIL accredited Brain Injury Specialist and an assessor for the scheme. He was the former South East co-ordinator for APIL for close to 10 years and is a member of the Law Society Accredited Scheme for Personal Injury. He is currently a Trustee for Headway East Sussex who focus on assisting and rehabilitating those with brain injuries.

Examples of cases where Jonathan’s advice has benefitted his clients include:

  • A £1m settlement for a client who had suffered a brain injury after being struck by a drunk driver and was only to return to work but in a much reduced capacity.
  • A £4m settlement for a client who sustained a massive brain injury following a road traffic accident, leaving him permanently disabled and requiring a significant level of care.
  • Representing the claimant in the widely reported case of Sinclair v Joyner [2015] EWHC 1800 (QB). The claimant suffered an ABI and was in a minimally conscious state. This case demonstrates the importance of good experts.
  • Representing the claimant in the widely reported case of Reynolds v Strutt & Partner [2011] EWHC 2263 (QB). The claimant sustained a traumatic brain injury whilst participating in a work organised cycle event. The case shed light on whether events organised by an employer outside of normal work hours would attract liability.

01293 861257

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Tim Dennis

Tim Dennis

Partner

About me

A Partner specialising in obtaining compensation for victims of clinical negligence and catastrophic personal injury.

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 including brain and spinal injuries or death. Tim has a great deal of experience in helping people who have suffered due to a delayed diagnosis including cancer, heart problems and sepsis. Tim is also experienced in assisting people who have suffered brain injuries whether through a birth injury or a delay in diagnosis or treatment of sepsis.

Tim’s personal injury work includes injuries suffered as a result of serious and fatal road traffic accidents, accidents at work, defective products as well as claims against social services.

Tim acts for both adult and child victims of medical negligence and catastrophic personal injury, including those with severe brain injuries, 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;
  • assisting with an inquest for the family of a patient who had committed suicide while an inpatient of a mental health unit. The trust had failed to take appropriate measures to take in to account the patient’s autism in the management of her treatment leading to her otherwise avoidable suicide;
  • securing a six figure settlement against social services for failing to protect a child from a major assault by his biological father which led to a life changing brain injury and his premature death some 20 years later; and
  • obtaining a substantial settlement for a client who will now require a heart transplant due to a simple failure by A&E to carry out an ECG when he attended following a collapse at work.

01625 704124

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Jenny Clendining

Jenny Clendining

Senior Associate

About me

A specialist in clinical negligence and personal injury, particularly birth injury.

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 Accidents 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 £1.7million;
  • 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.

01865 811227

jenny.clendining@clmedilaw.co.uk

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Sharon Tuckey

Sharon Tuckey

Senior Associate

About me

A specialist in financial welfare and Court of Protection work.

Sharon 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.

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.

01865 811786

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Dominique Parker

Senior Associate

About me

Dominique is a Senior Associate in the Serious Injury team.

Dominique specialises in complex personal injury claims involving brain 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. She also has experience of cases involving defective products.

Dominique is accredited by the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and is also accredited as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

She is treasurer for Kent Brain Injury Forum

01622 656675

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Laura Bland

Laura Bland

Senior Associate

About me

Laura is a Senior Associate at CL Medilaw, specialising in serious injury cases.

Laura advises patients, parents of children and relatives of those who have suffered complications after medical misdiagnosis, a delay in diagnosis or treatment/complications which may have arisen in a clinical setting. She also advises personal representatives or executors for the estate of a patient who has died.

By helping clients to obtain compensation for a wide variety of clinical negligence claims against medical practitioners, hospital trusts and GP practices, she gives them a voice and helps them to find answers. She takes a holistic approach to evaluating each client’s needs, commissioning expert reports on prognosis and rehabilitation needs to find a solution to make their life better.

She has experience of complex orthopaedic injuries, affecting the ankle, knee, wrist and spine, brain damage, cerebral palsy claims, delayed diagnosis of cancer, gynaecological claims including perineal tears and other complications during childbirth, still births and neonatal deaths.

 

Recent examples of how Laura has helped clients include:

Securing a settlement for the widow of a 45-year-old mother whose life expectancy was drastically shortened after a delay in the diagnosis of bowel cancer by the Hospital ; procuring expert evidence which prompted the Defendant Trust to admit liability and change their internal policies on follow-up appointments;

Representing a 82-year-old gentleman at mediation who had suffered dramatic lifestyle changes after spinal surgery performed on the wrong disc, securing interim payments for adaptations and planning permission to enable the man to stay in his home, and negotiating a substantial final settlement; and

Obtaining a settlement for a lady who was given a steroid injection in the wrong area of her hand, causing nerve damage that left her in ongoing pain and eventually unable to work, comprising compensation for pain, suffering and loss of earnings without going to court.

 

Praise for Laura from a client: “This has been a long journey and I am glad you were there to support me”

01865 811716

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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson

Associate

About me

Rebecca is an associate in the clinical negligence team.

Rebecca predominantly acts for clients who have suffered injuries as a result of the mismanagement of pregnancy and birth. This includes cerebral palsy claims, still births, neonatal deaths and injuries to the mother such as post-partum haemorrhage, perineal tears and psychological injuries.

Rebecca also has experience in dealing with a wide range of clinical negligence claims including delay in diagnosis of cancer, fatal claims, orthopaedic claims and spinal injuries.

01625 704093

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Nicholas Lewis

Senior Associate

About me

Nick is a Senior Associate in the serious injury team.

01782 987375

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Barry Osborn

Associate

About me

Barry is an Associate in the Serious Injury team.

He has specialised in personal injury claims since 1993 and he has represented claimants exclusively since 1998.

He deals with all types of personal injury cases including brain injury, fatal accidents and other serious injuries caused in road traffic accidents, accidents at work, public liability accidents, accidents abroad, and occupiers liability cases.

He also deals with injuries suffered by the victims of crimes of violence via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Barry is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. He is Company Secretary for the Kent Brain Injury Forum (KBIF) and has been actively involved in the launch of Medway Headway (Brain injury charity) and is currently vice Chair.

“Barry is in my opinion an excellent personal injury practitioner, whose commonsensical and straightforward approach allied with very efficient technical skills enable him to obtain excellent results for his clients” Gurion Taussig (Barrister)

What his clients say:

“When I first met with Barry in January 2019 he told me how the process would be dealt with, details of what information would be needed, that I will need to attend medical reviews and that the process will take a couple of years, which it has. All along the journey Barry has kept me up to date fully with what I need to do and why, while managing my expectations expertly. I could not have asked for a better advisor who has supported me throughout this process and I would have no hesitation in recommending Barry to anyone else who needs help and professional advice. Barry is a great advocate for your firm.”

01622 356016

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Victoria Hubbert

Associate

About me

Victoria is an Associate in the Serious Injury team.

She has specialised in catastrophic and brain injury cases since qualification as a solicitor.

She recently concluded a high value, complex Brain injury case involving more than ten experts, with a settlement value of just under £1.5 million.

Currently, Victoria handles a number of large complex cases, some of which involve children. She has been described as a lawyer who has compassion and who has a fantastic working relationship with her clients.

Examples of the way in which Victoria’s advice has benefitted or is benefitting clients include:

  • Representing a 4-year old who suffered a significant brain injury following a car accident when he was 2 years of age. We are working with a specialist paediatric case manager and have obtain funding under the Rehabilitation code for private therapy, including Speech & Language and Occupational Therapy.
  • Representing a client who suffered a complex brain injury, resulting in a loss of capacity, after being knocked down as a pedestrian.

What her clients say

“I cannot praise enough the way Victoria has dealt with our ongoing case and us as people. She is a pleasure to know.”

“There was a lot of legal jargon and medical terminology for us to try and absorb and understand at a very difficult and challenging time in our lives but we were kept informed at every stage of the process. Victoria went above and beyond in her efforts to ensure that we understood all documentation; what had already happened and indeed the next steps. It genuinely felt as if she was virtually holding our hand”

01293 603679

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Wendy Langridge

Associate

About me

Wendy is an Associate in the Serious Injury team.

She has over 25 years’ experience in personal injury claims and deals with all types of personal injury cases including brain injury and other life changing injuries caused in road traffic accidents, public liability claims, accidents at work, those occurring abroad, occupiers liability cases. She also helps the victims of crimes of violence via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

01622 656556

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Sarah James

Associate

About me

Sarah is an Associate in the Serious injury team.

She is a personal injury specialist with over 11 years’ experience and has a wide range of expertise in serious injury claims arising from road traffic accidents; falls; foreign assault cases; shipping and air accidents. She also has experience in Employer’s liability and Occupiers Liability cases.

01293 603685

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Rachel Gibby

Rachel Gibby

Solicitor

About me

Rachel is a solicitor in the clinical negligence team.

Rachel acts for clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of medical practitioners. She works on a range of claims including birth injury cases, cerebral palsy claims, gynaecological claims such as perineal tears, brain injury cases, fatal claims and cancer cases.

In addition to her work in the clinical negligence team, Rachel also volunteers for the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Helpline, providing support and guidance for patients affected by avoidable harm in healthcare and their families.

Rachel also advises clients on special educational needs issues relating to Education, Health and Care Plans and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).

Louise Astill

Louise Astill

Solicitor

About me

Louise is a solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team.

Louise acts for clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of medical practitioners. She works with senior team members on a wide range of cases including; birth injury cases, meningitis cases, cerebral palsy claims, brain injury cases, delayed diagnosis claims and fatal claims.

01865 592431

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Emily Llewellyn

Emily Llewellyn

Solicitor

About me

Emily is a solicitor in the clinical negligence team.

Emily acts for clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of medical practitioner. Emily works with leading fee earners on a variety of cases involving wrongful births, birth injury claims, cerebral palsy, misdiagnosed cancer and never events resulting in life changing injuries.

01865 592978

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Molly Taylor

Molly Taylor

Solicitor

About me

Molly is a solicitor at CL Medilaw, specialising in serious injury cases.

Molly acts for clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of medical practitioners. She works on a range of claims including spinal injuries, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, cancer claims and amputation cases. Types of negligence include a failure to correctly diagnose and treat, or sub-standard surgery, causing significant, life-changing injuries.

Molly also has experience in Court of Protection matters such as Deprivation of Liberty and Statutory Wills, and personal injury claims, specifically serious road traffic accidents.

Examples of how Molly’s advice and representation has benefitted our clients include:

  • Assisting in the settlement of a claim for £200,000 for a gentleman who suffered a mild brain injury, orthopaedic injuries and abdominal injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.
  • Assisting in the settlement of a claim for £637,500 on behalf of a widow for her deceased husband, AX, regarding a negligent failure to remove an abnormal mass, which became malignant and caused the death of AX.
  • Assisting in obtaining a settlement of £2.175 million for a gentleman in his forties, following severe orthopaedic injuries after a road traffic accident.
  • Securing a liability admission and payment, for a lady who fell in hospital, causing a broken hip.

What her client’s say:

“[Molly] always kept us fully informed. [She] explained fees and terms and conditions well and was always very informative, friendly and patient, when [we] did not fully understand the process”.

01625 704129

[email protected]

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Lucy Metters

Lucy Metters

Solicitor

About me

Lucy is a solicitor in the clinical negligence team.

Lucy acts for clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of medical practitioners. This includes clients who have suffered injuries as a result of the mismanagement of pregnancy and birth, cerebral palsy claims and acquired brain injury claims.

Lucy also works on a wide range of complex orthopaedic cases, delay in diagnosis of cancer cases, gynaecological claims, cauda equina claims, claims against GPs, and psychological injury claims, including for secondary victims.

01625 704161

[email protected]

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David Vickers

Solicitor

About me

David is a solicitor in the clinical negligence team.

David acts for clients suffering from a wide range of injuries, including those resulting from the negligence of medical practitioners. He has worked on claims involving brain injuries including cerebral palsy caused by mismanagement of pregnancy and birth, organ transplants, cosmetic surgery, amputations, delay in diagnosis of cancer, and fatal claims. He has also acted for several clients on secondary victim claims for psychiatric harm arising from having witnessed a serious injury suffered by a family member.

01625 786856

[email protected]

Jason Neave

Solicitor

About me

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 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:

  • HJR v Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, recovering in excess of £9 million lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a girl born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £15 million)
  • XYZ v ABC, £4 million lump sum for 49 year old man injured in a road traffic accident
  • TBE v Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, £4,920,000 lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a boy with athetoid cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £10 million)
  • JMH v Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, £5,573,000 lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a boy with athetoid cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £12 million)

Helen is always willing to go the extra mile to pursue clients’ interests vigorously and has a client friendly approach. Helen has also developed a niche specialism in equine law through her interest in horses and handles many injury cases involving equine activities for both claimant and Defendant often involving serious brain or spinal injuries. Helen also acts as Deputy in Court of Protection matters involving personal injury awards and supports and assists injured claimants in management of their financial awards.

“Helen Niebuhr is simply brilliant. She displays a great grasp of her specialist area and puts you at ease and comfortable in asking any questions. She is patient, supportive and empathetic which is a perfect combination when having to support upset parents and talk about painful memories. The smallest thing was never too much trouble and the speed of replies always made you feel that the case was progressing. Her grasp of the situation was outstanding and she was able to give legal advice and wise counsel to us as a family as to what to expect” – Mr MR, father of HJR

Helen qualified in 1994 and has an MBA in Management of Legal Practice. She has been a speaker on courses for CLT, LexisNexis and other organisations and has regularly published articles in journals including Solicitors Journal, British Horse, Horse magazine and been Lawyer of the Week in the Law Society Gazette. Outside interests include horses, dogs, children and travel – often all together.

01865 811712

helen.niebuhr@clmedilaw.co.uk

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Fiona Dodgson

Legal Executive

About me

Fiona is a Legal Executive in the Clinical Negligence team.

01293 603648

[email protected]

Gabrielle Lamb

Trainee Solicitor

About me

Gabrielle is a Trainee Solicitor in the clinical negligence team.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

Claire Bevan

Claire Harland-Bevan

Trainee Legal Executive

About me

Claire is a Trainee Legal Executive in the Clinical Negligence team.

Claire has experience in assisting senior fee earners with claims and helping to obtain compensation for people who have suffered from negligent medical treatment received by NHS hospitals and GPs, along with assisting on fatal personal injury claims.

The compensation awarded has enabled clients to fund their ongoing care needs, aids, equipment and therapies along with compensating them for any loss of earnings, and the injuries they or a loved one has sustained. These type of claims can involve adults, children or the death of a loved one.  Acting against the NHS hospitals and/or GPs, her experience includes the following type of cases:  fatal, gynecological, wrongful birth, misdiagnosis of cancer and working on behalf of clients who have suffered from a severe brain injury.

Recent examples of how Claire has helped include:

  • Assisting in a wrongful birth claim which resulted in their child being born with significant disabilities. A settlement was reached out of court.
  • Assisting on a fatal claim, involving a mother whose child tragically died shortly after she gave birth, resulting in a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Order. A settlement was reached during a medication.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

Lizzie-Norman

Lizzie Norman

Trainee Legal Executive

About me

Lizzie is a Trainee Legal Executive in the Clinical Negliegnce team.

0345 2410 154 

[email protected]

Bethany Tyler

Beth Tyler

Paralegal

About me

Beth is a Paralegal in the Clinical Negligence team.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt

Paralegal

About me

Amy is a Paralegal in the Clinical Negligence team.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

Rachel Collis

Paralegal

About me

Rachel is a Paralegal in the Clinical Negligence Team.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

India Finnemore

India Finnemore

Paralegal

About me

India is a Paralegal in the Clinical Negligence team.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

Nicola Briers

Nicola Briers

Paralegal

About me

Nicola is a Paralegal in the Clinical Negligence team.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

Natalie McCann

Natalie McCann

Paralegal

About me

Natalie is a Paralegal in the Clinical Negligence team.

0345 2410 154

[email protected]

April Edwards

Paralegal

About me

April is a Paralegal in the Serious Injury team.

01293 603684

[email protected]

 

Clair Rogers

Paralegal

About me

Clair is a Paralegal in the Serious Injury team.

01622 356018

[email protected]

Hannah Bishop

Paralegal

About me

Hannah is a Paralegal in the Serious Injury team.

01293 603673

[email protected]

Kristin Van Der Walt

Paralegal

About me

Kristin is a Paralegal in the Serious Injury team.

01293 861311

[email protected]

Clare Morecraft

Paralegal

About me

Clare is a Paralegal in the Serious Injury team.

01622 656511

[email protected]edilaw.co.uk

 

Isabel Cooper

Paralegal

About me

Isabel is a Paralegal in the Serious Injury team.

01625 786 862

[email protected]

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