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Jane is an Associate solicitor with over 20 years' experience in medical law. She specialises in the interests and rights of birth injured children - in particular those affected with catastrophic injuries where compensation awards are very high to ensure there is provision for the child’s future needs.
In 2012 Jane agreed a settlement in such a case for a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy to the value of £11.55 million, and again in December 2015 achieved a settlement to the value of £11.56 million for a five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy: both awards being among the largest of their kind. Her cases regularly receive media attention and Jane has appeared on national news and in the national press.
Jane manages a busy team in the London office and she lectures on best practice in obstetric cases.
She has given presentations to the Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (London), the Children's Trust for Children with Brain Injury (Surrey), Chailey Heritage School (East Sussex) and SCOPE (London). Jane supports the Children’s Air Ambulance and the work of the Winnicott Foundation at St Mary's Hospital who improve care for premature and sick babies. In July 2013 Jane raised funds for the Bobath Centre by running in the London BUPA 10k (with a time of 53 minutes).
Associate Jane Weakley is described as “very proficient, user friendly and capable; a delight to work with.” - Chambers & Partners 2016
Jane Weakley is praised for her wealth of experience in the clinical negligence field and for the "tremendous quality" of her work. - Chambers & Partners 2015
Mac was born with cerebral palsy and is one of Jane's clients - take a look at his story and how Irwin Mitchell has helped him in our inspiring video series.
The law in relation to clinical negligence is both challenging and rewarding. No client or case is the same. Working with a team of medical experts and barristers to achieve the best possible life changing outcome for an injured child is hugely satisfying.
I am very privileged to work for some wonderful children and their families and to make a real difference to their lives.
Irwin Mitchell is a market leader in clinical negligence. We take on difficult cases and we challenge. Our clients are happy with the service we provide and the results we achieve.
As a pioneer of flexible working, I have a great life work balance so that I can spend time with my husband and our three teenage daughters. Any spare time after that is spent running, cooking or playing tennis.
Having a suitable home for a disabled family member makes a huge difference,” said Jane. “The damages Alfie was awarded enabled his family to move to a new home which they were able to tailor to meet Alfie’s needs.
“Sadly Sofia’s treatment fell below the high standards usually practiced within the NHS and she has been left with injuries which will affect her and her family for the rest of her life.
“Now the Trust has admitted liability for the problems we will now be working to calculate the exact settlement Sofia needs as she has cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and epilepsy and needs 24 hour care.
“It’s now important that the NHS learns lessons from this incident to reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.”
“My client suffered severe brain damage after hospital staff put her mother off from returning to the hospital as contractions grew stronger.
“Because of this, the birth was delayed and my young client was starved of oxygen resulting in life changing brain injury.
"The settlement package will, however, fund my client’s ongoing care and therapy; along with any adaptations she may need to her home, for the rest of her life which will enable her to live as independent a life as possible.
"I hope that lessons are learnt from the terrible and life-changing errors made in this case in order to improve patient safety in the future and stop any other child suffering distressing and avoidable injury.”
“The past eight years have been incredibly difficult for the family. His parents were completely unaware that he was the victim of negligence at Lewisham Hospital and it was not until a report was released that they realised the serious errors that had been made there.
“They were simply devastated when they found out that his condition could easily have been avoided if he had received appropriate and standard care.
“The mistakes in his care at the hospital were so serious that a Doctor providing expert medical evidence on the case apologised to the family on behalf of his profession for what had happened to him.
“Now the settlement will allow him to receive the care, therapies and rehabilitation treatment he will need for the rest of his life. He will be able to use assistive technology and reach his full potential in a safe and caring environment, which is a huge comfort to his parents.”