- Healthcare Litigation, Clinical Negligence
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What Nigel can do for you
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 lay clients 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 also provided training to colleagues in relation to dental negligence claims.
He has considerable experience in claims relating to elective eye surgery with allegations focusing on the level of patient consent, patient suitability, the standard of treatment and post-operative complications.
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.”
Main areas of expertise
All Clinical negligence claims with particular expertise in :-
- Ophthalmic Claims
- Dental claims
- Claims involving multiple Defendants
The clients Nigel 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)
The lead Judgment in Cartwright is a barrier for successful Defendants who wish to recover the costs of defending personal injury claims. Lord Justice Coulson upheld the Cost Judge's decision that that sums payable under a Tomlin order by D1 to the Claimant were not covered by CPR r.44.14(1). On that basis, the successful D2, Venduct, could not recover their legal costs from the damages paid by D1 to the Claimant under the Tomlin order. Unfortunately for Defendants, settlements reached under CPR r.36 are not covered by the QOWCS regime either.
Defendant obtains Summary Judgment in Clinical Negligence Claim: Hewes v West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust & Ors...
In Hewes the Third Defendant (GP) was able to obtain Summary Judgment against the Claimant who had suffered with Cauda Equina Syndrome.
The Judgment of Mr Justice Turner from 21 May 2018 in HJ (A Child) v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 1227 (QB) was a reminder that the opinion of a single joint expert (SJE) is not binding on the Court.