Clinical Negligence

Judith has extensive experience of advisory and advocacy work for both claimants and defendants, as well as a strong record of successfully resolving claims through ADR.

Her practice involves cases in a wide variety of disciplines including claims related to general practice, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, neurology and plastic surgery. She has acted in numerous high value catastrophic brain injury cases dealing with complicated issues of both liability and quantum, where she has been instructed both as junior counsel and alone, often appearing against leading counsel.

Her trial experience includes successfully defending claims alleging a failure by a nurse to properly manage glaucoma, a bowel perforation during a radical hysterectomy, negligence during surgery to correct spinal scoliosis resulting in paralysis and allegations against a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon concerning avascular necrosis of the hip.

In addition to substantive arguments relating to liability and quantum, Judith has wide experience of:

  • Claims involving complicated issues relating to limitation.
  • Allegations of interference with the rights conferred by Articles 2, 3 and 8 of the ECHR in the context of healthcare claims.
  • Claims involving periodical payments. She was extensively involved in the finalisation of the many claims which had been on hold pending the conclusion of the proceedings in Thompstone v Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust concerning the indexation of periodical payments.
  • Procedural and interlocutory matters that often arise in clinical negligence litigation.

Judith is recognised by the legal directories as a leading junior in clinical negligence.

“Judith is highly approachable, technically excellent and a pleasure to work with. She has a great manner with witnesses and is meticulous in her preparation; providing timely and easily understood advice.” (Legal 500 2023)

“Judith gets a grasp of the facts and key issues very quickly. She is able to handle inquests (including the advocacy) very well and to the complete satisfaction of lay clients.(Legal 500 2023)

“Calm, intelligent and responsive.” (Legal 500 2022)

“She always remains very calm and is a real team player. She’s also extremely thorough on top of the detail and very clever.” (Chambers and Partners 2020)

“She is calm, sensible, pragmatic and practical.” (Legal 500 2019)

“She knows her stuff and is good at what she does.” “Very sensible, pragmatic and calm.” (Chambers & Partners 2019)

“She is sensitive with clients but also sensible. She takes realistic views on cases.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)

“She is experienced in handling high-value claims.” (Legal 500 2017)

“She’s ambitious and realistic and makes sure she gets the best outcome for the client.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

She displays excellent attention to detail and is very thorough.” (Legal 500 2016)

“She is very well prepared, assured, calm, persuasive and perfectly at home in a trial. She is also excellent with clients.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)

“A well-respected individual with significant experience of obstetrics, gynaecology, orthopaedics and plastic surgery claims. Also praised for her work as junior counsel on several high-value brain injury cases involving both liability and quantum…She thinks things through properly and invariably gets the right answer.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)

“A fearless advocate who does an excellent job.” (Legal 500 2015)

“Very good…a widely known junior who acts for claimants and defendants across many medical disciplines” whose advice is very clear.” (Chambers & Partners 2014)

“She is intuitive, and has an exceptional grasp of the medical issues involved in cases.” (Legal 500 2014)

“Highly sought after.” (Chambers & Partners 2013)

“She has a good technical knowledge and the ability to convey it.” (Legal 500 2012)

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