Kathleen Wilson

Since 1992 Kathleen has specialised in defending clinical negligence cases on behalf of the NHS. She has been responsible for training and supervision within teams since 1996. She was one of the original nominated partners appointed by NHS Resolution and has worked in that capacity both for over well over 20 years.

She has been at the cutting edge of developments throughout this time being involved in the first NHS funded structured settlements in the 1990s through to modern day PPOs.  

Kathleen principally handles cases of maximum severity and complexity including those where babies have acquired cerebral palsy due to their mother allegedly receiving negligent obstetric care. She has worked on many cases where multi million pound or periodical payment orders have been awarded. Kathleen has handled a number of very sensitive cases e.g. involving child protection issues and sexual assault. She also deals with complex cases for example involving considering/advise re the extent of duty of care, non-delegable duty and the chain of causation/intervening acts. 

She has also advised in regard to consent and confidentiality, serious untoward incidents, homicide inquiries, child protection and complex inquests.

Kathleen is client care partner and principal point of contact for various trusts which responsibility includes ensuring that clients receive the highest quality service that Hempsons can provide.

Kathleen leads on business development within the department including organising training and speaking at seminars for NHS managers and those involved with patient care. She takes the lead on patient safety forum with events such as mock mediations, ‘A Practical Guide to Consent to Treatment and Inquests’.

Main areas of expertise

  • clinical negligence
  • consent to treatment
  • confidentiality
  • inquiries
  • judicial review

The clients she works with

  • acute trusts
  • mental health trusts

Professional memberships

  • The Law Society


Ranked in Chambers and Legal 500, clients and peers say her “knowledge of the local healthcare sector and the clinicians and administrators is second to none. Her clients know that she will go that extra mile for them and they reciprocate to assist her”.

  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Kathleen Wilson is an excellent lawyer who is healthcare-based through and through. ”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Years of experience and lots of common sense and legal nous.”