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In a career spanning 25 years, I have had the privilege of acting for a large number of Claimants with injuries that have resulted from clinical negligence. My work has focussed on claims involving complex and serious injuries mainly arising out of Obstetric Care. This has led to me representing many Claimants who have suffered Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy Injuries at birth.

Over the years I have established teams of specialist lawyers to handle complex claims and achieve the best possible outcomes for clients. In the Legal 500, 2017 edition, it was noted that I led a ‘particularly diligent’ team. In terms of my own work Chambers and Partners reported that clients had stated that: “He works so hard and won’t put a matter down until it is finished; he keeps at it and gets it as near-perfect as possible.” and “He gets good results due to his drive and determination.”

Career History

  • Qualified 1993
  • Set up clinical negligence department at Ison Harrison in 1996
  • Set up clinical negligence department at Simpson Millar in 2006, taking it to be the 3rd largest clinical negligence department in the country by 2016
  • Took over as CEO of Pryers in May 2017
  • Track record of growing departments through organic growth and acquisition. Responsible for twelve acquisitions at Simpson Millar

Professional

  • Member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence panel and AVMA referral panel

Recent Settlements (2016-17)

  • AXM -v- Secretary of State – Case involving hyperbilirubinemia leading to quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Damages recovered: £12.6 million
  • EEE -v- Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – Case involving prolonged bradycardia leading to cerebral palsy. Damages recovered: £7.5 million
  • AW -v- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board – Case involving hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy leading to cerebral palsy. Damages recovered: £10 million
  • JB – Erb’s Palsy case, group 2 injuries. Damages recovered: £250k
  • FB –v- USM NHS Foundation Trust – Erb’s Palsy Claim: Damages recovered £500k
  • JH – Erbs Palsy at birth with substandard orthopaedic treatment. Damages recovered: £700k
  • ST – Claim on behalf of the mother following the incorrect assessment of fetal position when using forceps. This led to a fourth degree tear and life-long incontinence. Damages recovered: £900k
  • SB -v- SK – Substandard Ophthalmic laser surgery leading to bilateral infection and permanent damage. The case involved consent, suitability for surgery, performance of the procedure and post-operative treatment. Damages recovered: £500k
  • CW – Erb’s Palsy injury sustained at birth, grade 3/4. Damages recovered: £600k
  • FM – Erb’s Palsy injury, grade 4. The case went to trial on issues of consent and was decided on the principles of Montgomery. Damages recovered: £550k

Testimonials

He works so hard and won’t put a matter down until it is finished; he keeps at it and gets it as near-perfect as possible.

He gets good results due to his drive and determination.

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