Clinical Negligence

Lizanne Gumbel is a leading practitioner in the legal field of Clinical Negligence. Lizanne has a distinguished reputation for representing Claimants with highly complex claims for catastrophic injury. In clinical negligence she has particular expertise and experience in birth damage and neo-natal claims but acts in claims arising in a wide range of circumstances.  In personal injury she acts for Claimants with head injuries, spinal injuries and other complex multiple injuries.

Lizanne’s work also involves multi-party actions and she recently acted for over 700 Claimants in the litigation against Mr Ian Paterson, Spire Healthcare and HEFT. Lizanne has also been instructed in a number of multi-party actions arising out of sexual abuse and physical abuse of children and adults in institutions including the Jimmy Savile litigation and the Winterbourne View claims. Lizanne is now acting for woman abused by Mr Harvey Weinstein.   Claims against private hospitals, the catholic church and local authorities have involved a number of cases which have resulted in the development of the law in respect of vicarious liability.

Lizanne is recommended as a leading and a star silk for both the clinical negligence and personal injury fields by Chambers & Partners Directory UK and in the Legal 500. In 2016, Lizanne won both the Legal 500 Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year, and the Chambers and Partners Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year.

In 2017 Lizanne won the Legal 500 Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year for the second year running.

Contested cases in 2017 have included two appeals in clinical negligence cases in which the Court of Appeal have reversed the findings of the first instance Judge to find in favour of the Claimant and a birth damage case in which the Claimant succeeded after a trial on liability and causation.

Selected Cases

  • TW v Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2017] EWHC
  • FB v Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 334.
  • ABC v (1) St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust (2) South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (3) Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC1396, [2017] EWCA.
  • Sean Hunt v Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust [2016]EWHC 47.
  • (1) DR E (2) DR G v Somerset Partnership NHS Trust (2016).
  • SXX (By Their Litigation Friend NXX) v Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 4072.
  • X (by her mother & litigation friend AX MX) (Appellant) v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust (Respondent) & (1) Personal Injury Bar Association (2) Press Association (Interveners) [2015] EWCA civ 96.
  • (1) Louise Bradbury (2) Maureen Dalton (3) Emma Measey (4) Julie Nicholson (5) Jennifer O’Donnell v (1) Ian Paterson (2) Spire Healthcare Ltd (3) Heart of England NHS Trust [2014] EWHC 3992.
  • Gary Moore v Plymouth NHS Trust [2013] EWHC 3193.
  • MXB v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust [2012] EWHC 3279.
  • XYZ v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (2011).
  • Simon Bourstead v North West Strategic Health Authority [2008] EWHC 2375.
  • Braithwaite v Homerton University Hospitals Foundation Trust [2008] EWHC 353.
  • A (a child suing by his father and litigation friend C) v B Hospitals NHS Trust [2006] EWHC 1178.
  • Ahsan v University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust [2006] EWHC 2624 (QB).
  • Royal Victoria Infirmary & Associated Hospitals NHS Trust v B (A child) [2002] Lloyd’s Rep Med 282.
  • Lucy Reynolds v North Tyneside Health Authority [2002] Lloyds Rep Med 459.
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