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Stephen leads the litigation team in the Newcastle office and specialises in clinical negligence claims for NHS Resolution as well as private individuals and their defence organisations. Stephen has worked in defendant clinical negligence since qualifying as a solicitor in 2005, he joined Hempsons in 2014.
He has been working in the field since 2005 and has handled high and low value claims over the years, and many complex cases. The cases have ranged from complex brain/spinal injury to orthopaedics and general surgery.
He adopts a robust approach on cases and achieving discontinuances and rebutting potential contribution claims on many matters. Aligned with that approach is a pragmatic way of working, meaning that he regularly utilises forms of ADR where there are litigation risks on cases, meaning that costs are saved and settlements negotiated promptly where necessary.
Main areas of expertise
- cosmetic treatment
The clients he works with
- private doctors
The Prime Minister has published the final Terms of Reference for the COVID-19 Inquiry, confirming in a written statement yesterday that “The UK inquiry into COVID-19 is now formally established and able to begin its important work”.
The UK COVID-19 Public Inquiry will examine the UK’s pandemic response and identify learning and make recommendations to support the UK being better prepared to respond to future pandemics.
The draft terms of reference for the COVID-19 public inquiry have been announced. These are wide-ranging and cover the public health response, including how and when decisions were made; how the NHS and wider health and social care system responded, including issues or capacity and resilience; and the economic response.
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.
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.
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