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What Elizabeth can do for you
Elizabeth is named as a ‘key lawyer’ in the 2022 Legal 500 “one client notes that ‘you can guarantee a good outcome’ if Elizabeth Thomas is on a case.”
Elizabeth is in the main a litigator with broad experience of advising NHS trusts, NHS Resolution and MDOs on complex and high value clinical negligence matters. Elizabeth is the firm lead for assisting Trusts and NHS Resolution in the Early Notification Scheme initiative and had a key role in setting up the firm’s Covid-19 portal in response to the recent pandemic.
Aside from litigation, Elizabeth works with individual healthcare professionals, students and Royal Colleges in regulatory and advisory matters.
While being part of the London office, Elizabeth has worked remotely since 2014 gaining experience that has been called upon in the 2020-2021 Covid-19 pandemic. She is based in the Channel Islands.
Elizabeth has an academic background in healthcare ethics having studied it at Yale University, during her Masters degree at Manchester University and during her undergraduate degree at Cambridge University. She is an active member of Guernsey’s Princess Elizabeth Hospital Ethics Committee as well as being a Trustee of the UK Clinical Ethics Network.
Elizabeth’s undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Pembroke College) Cambridge enables her to get to grips with the science of healthcare claims and to relate to the professionals she advises and supports.
Elizabeth is married to a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and has two sons.
Main areas of expertise
- Healthcare Litigation
- Healthcare Advisory
- Healthcare Ethics
- NHS Trusts
- NHS Resolution
- Medical Defence Organisations
- Medical Students
- Royal Colleges
Publications and podcasts
‘The Clinical Disputes Forum code to candour’; Thomas E., Leigh B., ‘Clinical Risk’ January/March 2014 vol.20 no 1-2, 11-15
‘An anesthetic duty of candour’; Stevens J., Thomas E., Leigh B., ‘The Society for Ethics and Law in Medicine’, July 2014 22-24
- LLM Manchester, Part Time, Healthcare ethics and law 2013
- Yale University, CT, diploma in medical ethics 2010
- BPP, LPC 2009
- BPP, GDL 2007
- Cambridge University, Pembroke College, Natural Sciences 2:1 2005
On 15 December the Prime Minister appointed the Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE as Chair of the forthcoming public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.
Winner of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Hempsons Prize for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences announced
Congratulations to the winner, Dino Muratbegovic.
We have launched our COVID-19 inquiry webinar series.
As we reported in June 2021, local NHS organisations have been told that they must start preparing for the statutory public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic which is expected to begin in spring 2022. Any organisation can be called upon to provide evidence for the statutory inquiry, and individuals may be required to give evidence under oath. With extensive public inquiry experience, Hempsons is here to help.
Earlier this month NHS England told local NHS organisations that they must start preparing for the statutory public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic. Any organisation might be called upon to provide evidence for the statutory inquiry, and individuals may be required to give evidence under oath. Government said last month that a statutory public inquiry would begin in spring next year.
Hempsons and NHS Providers launch guide covering the legal liabilities that are likely to arise due to the pandemic.
Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Regulations 2020 come into force on 1st July 2020. Click here to read our summary.
Elizabeth Thomas explores the significant role of telemedicine and the steps which can reduce the burden on patients and the public purse.
The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019 Regulations 2020, obtained Royal Assent in March 2019 but came into power on 20 May 2020. This means that Organ donation in England has moved to an “opt out” system. Click to read our summary.
What powers do Trusts have in respect of restricting patients with known/suspected Coronavirus from moving around a hospit...
Trusts should bear in mind that there is a distinction between preventing patients from going somewhere and detaining them.