Nigel Wood

Nigel qualified as a solicitor in September 2010 and joined Hempsons in May 2017. He works in the healthcare litigation team and has experience of representing a wide variety of client types. He has represented medical defence organisations and their members, insurance providers as well as individuals without any insurance or indemnity cover.

He has dealt with a range of clinical negligence claims against a variety of clinicians including GPs, GDPs, optometrists, ophthalmic surgeons, and residential care providers. Prior to joining Hempsons, Nigel spent over six years at BLM during which time he provided in-house training to claims handlers at a major insurance provider. He has also provided training to colleagues in relation to dental negligence claims.

Nigel regularly receives instructions in claims involving multiple defendants. He can advise on the division of responsibility, and apportionment of liability, between treating clinicians. He was described in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 as “very thorough and tactically excellent.

A testimonial from the 2022 edition of the Legal 500 is set out below.

“Nigel Wood is unbelievably hardworking and conscientious. At the same time, he is pragmatic and sees the bigger picture. He has his clients’ best interests at the centre of his decision-making at all times. He has an immense breadth and depth of knowledge and uses it to his best advantage.”

Main areas of expertise

All clinical negligence claims with particular expertise in

  • ophthalmic claims
  • dental claims
  • claims involving multiple defendants

The clients he works with

  • NHS Resolution
  • NHS trusts and their clinicians
  • medical defence organisations and their members


  • LLB Law (2006), to include the Margaret Simpson Award for Jurisprudence (University of Leeds)
  • Legal Practice Course, distinction (2007)

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