Clare is our Clinical Negligence Partner and heads up our dedicated medical negligence department. She deals exclusively with medical negligence claims.
She qualified as a solicitor in 1997, specialising in both personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. Since qualifying, she gained a Higher Diploma in Personal Injury Law. She is also a member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and holds The Law Society Accreditation for Clinical Negligence. This accreditation acknowledges Clare’s proven competency and expertise in clinical negligence. Clare is listed in the Brain Injury Group Directory as a specialist solicitor in brain injury.
Clare has been involved in numerous high-value, complex cases which have attracted media attention. In particular, Clare assisted on the Porton Down case where ex-army personnel sued the Ministry of Defence for Sarin gas (nerve gas) poisoning at their Porton Down site. This is the largest multi-party personal injury action ever brought in the UK and was well documented in the media.
Clare also assisted on a group action case for the elderly and in some cases bereaved families of victims of the Maidstone C-difficile outbreak in 2008/2009. The C-difficile outbreak was subject to a Health Care Commission report in 2007. The Health Care Commission identified problems in the management at Maidstone Hospital. In pursuing this claim, Clare was able to bring particular attention to the inadequate nursing care she identified in her clients’ medical records, coupled with expert advice from a microbiologist and nursing expert, she managed to secure an admission on liability where out-of-court settlements were reached in the 20 cases she handled. As a consequence of that case, the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Trust went on to make instrumental changes to procedures within the Trust, thereby preventing any further outbreaks.
Clare has a special interest in complex and high value brain injury cases, in particular those sustained by children at birth. Her caseload is made up of catastrophic injuries, many of which involve brain injury, whether that be by an acquired brain injury through a missed brain tumour and/or for example an injury caused at birth. Clare has recently settled a claim for a brain injured client who sustained a hypoxic brain injury due to a hospital’s delay in treating a bowel obstruction which led to a cardiac arrest and subsequent brain injury. Following negotiations, she achieved a settlement in excess of £8 million and during the claim she was able to secure interim payments in order to fund rehabilitation in the form of physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. She also secured single level accommodation for the client as he was no longer able to manage and had his property adapted for his ongoing needs. She also secured the services of a brain injury case manager to oversee a team of carers.
Clare also has a special interest in cancer cases and one of her cases was recently reported on BBC South East News and BBC radio.
Clare excels at guiding injured clients and their families through a difficult time in order to achieve the right settlement and ensure that their future needs are met. Clare is described by her clients as sympathetic and approachable, but at the same time efficient and dedicated, ensuring that the claim is dealt with as expeditiously as possible.
Clare has successfully achieved compensation in excess of £10.2 million during the last 12 months on behalf of clients.
Clare is a AvMA specialist clinical negligence panel member . AvMA is an independent patient safety charity which provides advice and support to patients who may have been harmed as a result of poor medical treatment . On its website www.avma.org.uk AvMa explains what being a panel member involves-
“AvMA expects not only a high standard of legal service from its panel members but practitioners who are prepared to go that extra mile on behalf of clients and who share AvMA’s broader aims and objectives on patient safety and justice “
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Completely satisfied with every thing Claire and Eve did for me. Professional but human and caring people. I would certainly recommend their services to anyone who needed help and advice.
Dear Clare. A small note with a big thank you for all you have done for me over the past year. Thank you very much from AW
Dear Clare. Thank you for your hard work and prompt attention and kindness during Daniel’s claim. You and Eve are a brilliant team. Thanks again from the S family