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Kate Kennell


Kate is a partner who is part of the Clinical Negligence team at Girlings Personal Injury Claims.

She qualified as a lawyer in 1996, and specialised in Personal Injury and Industrial disease claims for many years, heading up and running successful branch offices in the North East of England as a Partner both for a niche law practice and a national law firm.

She won successful land mark limitation cases in McKay vs Hamlani and Direct Line CA 2008 and Sweet vs RNLI CD 2002.

She also headed up an Independent Enquiry into the management of mental health patients by the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2014, she exclusively began handling clinical negligence claims with a particular interest in women’s health matters including; breast cancer claims due to a delay in diagnosis and negligent breast reconstructive surgery, brain injury cases such as cerebral palsy claims arising out of labour and/or neonatal mismanagement, still births and substandard gynaecological surgery. She has participated on Radio Kent regarding breast cancer screening and mismanaged child birth.

She joined Girlings Personal Injury Claims in January 2020, bringing with her expertise in managing complex medical negligence claims as well as a reputation of being a highly efficient lawyer who is supportive and very responsive to her clients. She is a professional lawyer who treats her clients with dignity and respect.

She is also member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Law) and is accredited with Senior Litigation Status.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mis-management of labour and negligent neonatal care

  • Still births

  • Breast cancer misdiagnosis and negligent reconstruction surgery

  • Care home neglect

Testimonials from Kate's recent clients:

Girlings took on my case (after another firm messed up). The time, patience, professionalism and out right hard work Kate Kennell and her team put into my case was truly outstanding. A true testament to their work ethics and passion for what they do.

From the start, Girlings made haste on all the wrong doings from a previous firm, quickly acting in the sole interest of helping me get my case to the necessary stages that it should have been at the time my case was taken over. With perseverance, endless amounts of persistence and a great amount of diligence they maintained contact with me, ensuring I was always in the know of what was happening at any one moment. Despite the myriad of emotions I experienced through the case, they always remained calm, calculated and caring.

The result of all the hard work by Kate Kennell and her team resulted in a settlement for an accident that was truly life changing.

I would recommend Girlings without a shadow of a doubt, to anyone who has a Personal Injury claim. If anyone is indeed in need of professionalism, knowledge, advice, and a company who go above and beyond to get the best result for their clients then this is the company for you.

If Girlings take on your case, smile and know these professionals will get the job done.

Firstly I would like to express my biggest thanks to you both, Kate and Michelle. Without both of you working on the case we wouldn’t have been where we are today. At times I really felt we would never reach an end to this process but last week has proved we have. I want to say thank you for handling my case with professionalism, dignity and care from day one. This hasn’t been an easy process emotionally for me and your regular updates and management has been impeccable. You have finally got the justice and answers. Thank you for taking the time to listen and take the case forward and unpicking the errors that were made that I had felt for so long.

Thank you for all the hard work, advice, time and patience you’ve had to endure with helping me with my claim…what you have done for me and your endurance to smash my case is a true testament to your work ethics, dedication and professionalism. …I’d really like to just show my gratitude and appreciation towards you and the company. If everyone at Girlings works as monstrously hard as you have I can see nothing but success upon success for the company and an asset to any company you would make. So once again, thank you. You’ve changed my life and the lives of my family more than I ever could have thought possible.