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I am a Consultant in the Personal Injury department, with particular experience of group litigation on behalf of claimants including cases involving child abuse, defective products and medical negligence.
I have been involved in some of the most important and high profile group action cases, including:
I was also involved in claims arising from the ‘Marchioness’ disaster, including the judicial review proceedings resulting in the resumption of the inquest and representation of victims and families at the Marchioness public enquiry and non-statutory enquiry.
"She really understands strategy - the importance of where you direct your resources and what to focus on. She is an excellent tactician." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"She is absolutely brilliant", "she has her head screwed on and is up to speed with everything." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Demonstrates consistent excellent judgement" - Legal 500 2016
“Today’s news is absolutely unacceptable. This isn’t a one off incident, it is a systemic failure; almost half a million women are affected by this news and require urgent follow up and reassurance. The NHS ought to have suitable backup checks in place to identify this type of problem quickly and deal with it efficiently.
“It leaves us asking many questions, but the main one is why was this not picked up sooner? The invites stopped being sent almost ten years ago in 2009.
“Cancer needs to be treated as soon as possible, and the fact that some women will have had serious delays to their diagnosis is very troubling.
“The sombre fact is that the implications of this are potentially fatal for some women.”
Occurrences of acid attacks was a worrying new trend. The number of such crimes in London alone has nearly doubled since 2015 to as many 450 last year.
“Several months may have passed since the incident but the implications of what happened on that night will live on for many of the victims, not just through physical injuries but also mentally as well.
“While nothing can turn the clock back we welcome the sentences handed down by the judge and hope it acts as a warning to those who think it is acceptable to carry out such horrific attacks.
“Collins has never revealed his motive behind the attack or shown any remorse for his actions. We are continuing work to establish exactly how the acid got into the club. It is deeply worrying that a corrosive substance passed security checks.
“We have written to the owners of Mangle E8 and await their response.”
This fund will provide for Mr Paterson’s victims who will have to live with what happened to them forever. The settlement will go towards the long term costs of therapy and ongoing treatment to help them try to move forward with their lives.
“However there are still questions regarding the redress that private healthcare patients have if they are the victims of negligent medical treatment. While Spire in this case has set aside a significant sum, it is likely to be less than the amount that the patients affected need. There are also other medical negligence victims who have found that indemnity insurance does not cover their private doctor when things have gone wrong. This is still a grey area and many people wrongly believe they will be better protected under private care than under the NHS.
“The issue of exactly how much responsibility private hospitals have for the misdeeds of medical practitioners who use their facilities is not yet determined and we are pleased therefore on behalf of our clients that Spire has today accepted that ‘better’ clinical governance might have led to ‘action being taken sooner’. But that is little comfort for Mr Paterson’s victims.”
“The issues which have emerged relating to these devices are hugely concerning and it is clear that action needs to be taken to ensure the units are fit for purpose. The most vulnerable patients are being exposed to a known source of infection at a time when they do not have the physical resource to fight it.
“Previous guidance has suggested that regular and proper cleaning will reduce risks, but the increase in enquiries we have seen and the recently published findings of a US study which showed 37 per cent of units tested contained the bacteria are both clearly a cause for major concern.
“Despite the problems raised in relation to these devices they are still widely in use, so we feel it is only right that steps are taken to ensure that these machines are safe.”
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