Joanne Easterbrook

Senior Partner

  • Profile
  • In addition to being head of the Clinical Risk department which includes our clinical negligence and medical law practices, I became Senior Partner in May 2016.  I support external activities and clients across various markets on behalf of the firm. Working closely with NHS Resolution, I am experienced in all types of clinical negligence claims with a particular interest in cases involving brain injury as well as psychiatric claims. In the public sector, my focus and experience is on running high value cases with complex quantum issues for the NHS.

    My practice also extends to advising insurers and private health clinics on medical malpractice matters, with a particular focus on fertility claims.

    I have a broad background as a lawyer acting in the health, care and housing sectors. I take a particular interest in mental health and human rights law and am a Tribunal Judge for the Mental Health Review Tribunal. I also regularly advise clients on data protection and information management issues. 

    Seminars: 

    I am a regular speaker on current legal issues and have recently spoken on the Human Rights Act and Mental Health Law, being a witness in MHRTs, Corporate Manslaughter and information management.

    Recently I spoke on the topic of causation in clinical negligence at a Bevan Brittan seminar run for NHS trusts, insurers and private health providers.

    Career Highlights:

    • Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Trust – this case established the operation of Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights in mental health law, which is a developing area of health law jurisprudence in the UK.
    • Williams v Bermuda health Board – this case addressed the ‘material contribution’ issue in clinical negligence.

Joanne Easterbrook heads the London clinical risk team and handles a range of claims, with a particular interest in those involving mental health, fertility or the Human Rights Act. Sources describe her as “sensible” with “a lot of integrity.

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