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I lead our national Cosmetic Law team and have experience of all forms of cosmetic interventions, such as:
I frequently appear in the press commenting on the cosmetic field and have been quoted in the Sunday Times Magazine and the Daily Mail. I have also been interviewed about the industry on BBC 5 Live and BBC Breakfast, and work with the Botched-Up Bodies TV show. I most recently featured in a Sky TV documentary about cosmetic surgery called Life is Beauty-Full.
I am also on the board of advisors for the national 'Safety in Beauty' campaign, working alongside Antonia Mariconda (known as "The Cosmedic Coach") the founder of the campaign and leading expert on all cosmetic related issues.
You can find me on Twitter at @Cosmetic_Lawyer.
“We have seen the long-term effects on patients that have experienced poor outcomes following cosmetic procedures and improving patient safety to minimise such outcomes is long overdue.
“Although people in the cosmetic industry have been calling for closer government scrutiny over the past decade, we welcome this step which will hopefully go some way to informing patient choice by improving transparency.
“There have been examples of really poor practice in the cosmetic sector over the past few years; therefore it’s promising to see cosmetic clinic ratings to coincide with current systems for NHS practices. It shows that the government is acting on promoting safe practices in this sector and that patient care is just as important for cosmetic procedures as it is for non-cosmetic procedures. ”
"We hear from many clients who have suffered as a result of poor practices in the cosmetic services industry and it's clear that with an industry growing at the rate that it is, increased regulation is needed.
"In adopting the recommendations of the Keogh Review, hopefully we will see an improvement in the safety of cosmetic interventions through better training, robust qualifications for practitioners and advertising regulation."
“The impact of sub-standard maternity care can have a devastating impact on those involved. We have represented a number of heartbroken families who have lost babies as a result of failings in the care they were provided and we are glad a full review of maternity care in England was undertaken.
“The first priority should always be patient care and it is important that this review is used to identify problem areas and that measures are implemented immediately to correct these failings. Providing mothers with a maternity budget will be welcomed by some and help to provide women with more choice, but it is important this new measure is implemented correctly.
“This move will require expectant mothers to have a significant degree of knowledge about where to access the best care for them and their babies, so it is crucial steps are put in place to ensure they are provided with the best possible information before deciding on their care. It could be argued that this recommendation will shift the onus of patient safety onto the mothers, when in fact it should be the responsibility of the maternity services to ensure that good quality and safe services are available in all maternity units.
“The most important thing following the review is that errors identified are addressed and the NHS is open, transparent and learns from previous mistakes to prevent other patients enduring the same failings.”
The numbers of incidents being reported on maternity units is simply not acceptable. We have seen the impact failures on these wards can have on parents and children alike and it is important steps are taken to reduce the frequency of errors.
“Tragically, we represent a number of parents who have lost children as a result of failures in care on maternity wards and we hope that this report and the publication of the review into safety on maternity wards led by Baroness Cumberlege will lead to changes across the NHS.
“It is absolutely vital the findings of the review are carefully considered and that the safety of patients is the top priority, which means ensuring problem areas are identified and corrected immediately so mistakes don’t continue to occur.