I am a Partner in the Clinical Risk team specialising in clinical negligence/medical malpractice litigation, mental health and human rights law.
I lead in both public and private clinical negligence matters and I work closely with NHS Resolution. I have considerable experience advising on high value and complex cases. I have extensive experience in cases involving brain damage through obstetric treatment, neurosurgery and anaesthetic claims.
Human Rights Act claims and mental health are special areas of interest and I have extensive experience in both areas. I have experience in prison health matters and Disability Discrimination Act claims. My practice also extends to advising on general healthcare and mental health matters.
I also undertake many private medical malpractice claims for a number of insurers, focusing on cosmetic and aesthetic surgery claims. I am a non-executive director for the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses.
I prepare and present many seminars and talks for Bevan Brittan’s clients on topics including; mediation, human rights, the depravation of liberty, policy and good practice, the duty of candour and saying sorry and apologies.
I have worked on a number of reported cases including:
- Savage v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where the House of Lords considered the threshold a claimant must meet to succeed in a claim involving a detained patient under Article 2 ECHR;
- Winspear v City Hospital Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. The court considered the issue of Article 3 ECHR and its application in DNAR claims; and
- Best v St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust (1) and London Ambulance NHS Trust (2) which considered the application of Articles 2 and 3 ECHR in the provision of healthcare to a prisoner who suffered a fatal heart attack.
Senior associate Julie Charlton works on clinical negligence claims concerning a range of injuries, including to the brain and spine, and has a particular interest in mental health. She is sought after for “her sound advice and ability to reassure.”