An expert in cerebral palsy, brain injury and death caused by mistakes made in medical treatment by the NHS or private practitioners.
Helen has recovered tens of millions of pounds in compensation for clients who have suffered due to negligence in clinical care. For children and those clients who have received compensation for permanent brain damage or long-term disability, Helen acts as a trustee or court-appointed deputy to support families in decisions about future care, how compensation ought to be spent or invested. She is also a specialist in equine accidents.
Helen advises in cases of professional negligence by other solicitors who have mishandled cases involving personal injury or clinical negligence.
Recent examples of how Helen has helped clients include:
- HJR v Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, recovering in excess of £9 million lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a girl born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £15 million)
- XYZ v ABC, £4 million lump sum for 49 year old man injured in a road traffic accident
- TBE v Royal Berkshire NHS Trust, £4,920,000 lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a boy with athetoid cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £10 million)
- JMH v Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, £5,573,000 lump sum plus annual care payments for life for a boy with athetoid cerebral palsy (a capitalised award of approximately £12 million)
Helen is always willing to go the extra mile to pursue clients’ interests vigorously and has a client friendly approach. Helen has also developed a niche specialism in equine law through her interest in horses and handles many injury cases involving equine activities for both claimant and Defendant often involving serious brain or spinal injuries. Helen also acts as Deputy in Court of Protection matters involving personal injury awards and supports and assists injured claimants in management of their financial awards.
“Helen Niebuhr is simply brilliant. She displays a great grasp of her specialist area and puts you at ease and comfortable in asking any questions. She is patient, supportive and empathetic which is a perfect combination when having to support upset parents and talk about painful memories. The smallest thing was never too much trouble and the speed of replies always made you feel that the case was progressing. Her grasp of the situation was outstanding and she was able to give legal advice and wise counsel to us as a family as to what to expect” – Mr MR, father of HJR
Helen qualified in 1994 and has an MBA in Management of Legal Practice. She has been a speaker on courses for CLT, LexisNexis and other organisations and has regularly published articles in journals including Solicitors Journal, British Horse, Horse magazine and been Lawyer of the Week in the Law Society Gazette. Outside interests include horses, dogs, children and travel – often all together.
A specialist in complex clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury, and cases of death caused by trauma, failure to diagnose or mistreatment.
Matthew has particular expertise in brain injury cases, particularly those involving children who have cerebral palsy because of the mismanagement of their birth by the NHS or a private healthcare provider. He acts for clients throughout the UK, often referred to him by former clients or through the Child Brain Injury Trust.
Matthew also handles cases of serious criminal injury, cases with challenging or unusual accident circumstances and cases abandoned or rejected by other law firms.
Matthew is a member of the Manchester Arena Attack Pro Bono Legal Panel and is actively assisting the victims of the May 2017 attack.
Examples of how Matthew’s advice has benefited clients include:
- recovering £7.75 million for a child with a brain injury, in a RTA pedestrian case the mother and other solicitors thought had little prospect of success;
- securing £2.75 million for the dependents of a cyclist following a fatal accident;
- securing substantial damages (£2.625 million lump sum and annual payments of £160,000 to age 11, £180,000 to age 19, £240,000 thereafter) in a case involving severe dystonic cerebral palsy arising from mismanagement of labour and an alleged failure by the Defendant’s midwives to detect fetal hypoxia prior to birth; and
- obtaining a settlement of £775,000 for a gentleman in his seventies, following amputation of his leg above the knee after his motorcycle was hit by a car.
A specialist with over 20 years’ experience in obtaining compensation for victims of clinical negligence by the NHS and private medical clinics.
Kay particularly specialises in claims involving brain injuries, including those incurred at birth resulting in cerebral palsy. Kay acts for clients with long term disabilities including brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputations and injuries arising from a failure to diagnose or properly treat meningitis. She also acts for families whose loved ones have died while under the care of a medical professional.
Kay is a member of The Law Society clinical negligence accreditation scheme.
Examples of how Kay’s advice has benefited clients include:
- successfully pursuing multi-million pound claims for children and adults left with cerebral palsy and brain injuries due to mistakes made during birth and the neonatal period;
- securing substantial compensation in amputation claims to include the provision of high specification prosthetic limbs as well as alternative accommodation, life-long care and support through rehabilitation;
- negotiating a six figure settlement for a terminally ill patient after an NHS Trust failed to diagnose and treat thyroid cancer; and
- assisting many families who have lost a loved one due to negligence in achieving compensation and support for the future.
A clinical negligence solicitor specialising in advising clients and their families who have suffered catastrophic injuries because of failures in medical care.
Jonathan acts for clients who have suffered brain and spinal injuries, had a cancer misdiagnosis or whose loved ones have died while under the care of a medical professional. He is also experienced in cerebral palsy claims for children who suffered brain damage at birth.
Jonathan has also handled many claims following a fatal accident and often represents families at inquests across the country.
Examples of how Jonathan’s advice has benefited clients include:
- a multi-million-pound settlement for a PhD student who suffered permanent damage to his spinal cord when a hospital failed to properly treat his brain tumor;
- six figure compensation for someone who suffered complete blindness after delay in diagnosing a stroke;
- compensation for the dependents of a young mother who passed away when her GP failed to recognise and treat a heart condition;
- a substantial settlement for a young mother who had her womb and lymph nodes removed when incorrectly diagnosed with aggressive ovarian cancer; and
- compensation of over £500,000 for the widow of a 75-year-old businessman, admitted to hospital with a fractured hip, who died when the hospital failed to treat a deep vein thrombosis.
“I received an excellent service. Jonathan Phillips was very approachable, dependable and he answered questions in detail to assist my understanding of the case. He listened to my explanation of events and offered advice on how to progress. I felt totally supported when I presented my anxieties and concerns to him.” DB, Executor of the Estate of the Late NP
“In all the years I’ve been in business, Jonathan Phillips is the most professional, honest and reliable person I’ve ever worked with.” CB
A specialist in clinical negligence and personal injury, particularly birth injury.
Jenny’s expertise in clinical negligence covers a wide range of claims from mistakes in general surgery including bile duct injuries, orthopedic injuries and delayed diagnosis of cancer to birth injuries, as well as fatal accidents, coroner’s inquests and claims under the Fatal Accidents Act.
Jenny’s specialist area is brain and birth injury, catastrophic and acquired, and cerebral palsy, supporting families at a difficult time through initial investigation and gathering of expert reports, securing interim payments to improve quality of life.
Recent examples of how Jenny has helped clients include:
- securing an interim payment to cover living costs and rehabilitation for a victim with brain injury after being struck by a lorry, in a case that ultimately settled for £1.7million;
- assisting the family of a mother who died through medical negligence in instituting mandatory changes in procedure to prevent the same mistake, and securing compensation on behalf of the victim’s estate; and
- securing compensation for a patient with prostate cancer, after being negligently diagnosed too late to prevent the illness becoming terminal.
A clinical negligence lawyer specialising in brain injury and catastrophic injury claims.
Laura advises individuals and families affected by the negligence of medical practitioners. Her expertise lies in securing compensation for the mismanagement of pregnancy, failing to spot genetic or other abnormalities during pregnancy, birth injuries resulting in brain damage and cerebral palsy, and patients who have died as a result of medical malpractice and often where an inquest is required.
Laura also advises on complex personal injury claims involving brain damage, serious spinal damage or other life-changing injuries which occur as a result of road traffic accidents, accidents at work or while on private land or in public spaces.
Most of Laura’s cases are for children who have been left with disabilities as a result of mistakes made during their birth, and for parents pursuing wrongful birth claims in cases where a termination should have been offered due to fetal abnormalities.
Examples of how Laura has helped clients include:
- Recovering over £6 million from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust to cover the 24-hour care needs of a child due to genetic abnormalities that should have been identified during the mother’s pregnancy;
- A multi-million pound settlement for a little boy that suffered profound brain damage at birth due to negligent delays in his delivery;
- Recovering substantial compensation from Brighton and Sussex NHS University Hospitals NHS Trust for failing to prevent an avoidable post-birth haemorrhage that resulted in a new mum required a life-saving hysterectomy at the age of 25;
- Recovering compensation for bereaved parents from the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for failing to advise them on the increased risks of giving birth to a large baby and allowing the pregnancy to go significantly overdue;
“In our initial discussion with Laura we were immediately impressed with not only her knowledge and professionalism but also her compassion during what was a very difficult time for all our family. In our dealings with Laura over a two-year period we viewed her as a friend who has been totally supportive, whilst also dealing with our claim in a very professional manner. We cannot praise her enough and would certainly recommend the team to anyone” – Mr P and family
A solicitor specialising in obtaining compensation for victims of clinical negligence.
Tim acts on behalf of people who have suffered because of negligence by a GP, a surgeon or any medical staff in the NHS or private healthcare, securing compensation to help them cope with healthcare needs, adaptations to their home and loss of earnings. Types of negligence include mis-diagnosis, delays in diagnosis or surgical errors which result in avoidable complications, life-changing injuries including brain and spinal injuries or death. Tim has a great deal of experience in helping people who have suffered due to a delayed diagnosis of cancer or have had an inappropriate amputation due to a delay in diagnosing diabetes. Tim is also experienced in assisting people who have suffered brain injuries whether through a birth injury or a delay in diagnosis or treatment of sepsis.
Tim acts for adult and child victims of medical negligence, including those with severe brain injuries, their families who must manage care, and the bereaved families in the case of fatal injury.
Recent examples of how Tim has helped clients include:
- obtaining a lump sum of £1.5 million and an annual index-linked payment of £115,000 to cover the 24-hour care costs for a child who suffered serious brain injury when a hospital failed to recognise an infection;
- negotiating compensation of £520,000 for a lady who suffered from permanent incontinence and bowel damage following radio-therapy, a treatment which was only required because pre-cancerous changes had not been identified on historical smear tests;
- securing £125,000 for the family of a lady who died prematurely after a diagnosis of bowel cancer was missed;
- acting for the family of a patient who died following bariatric surgery for weight loss; and
- obtaining compensation for lady who suffered heart problems after an infection which occurred because a swab had been left inside her during the fitting of a pacemaker.
An experienced solicitor specialising in obtaining compensation for people who have suffered negligent medical treatment by NHS hospitals, GPs or private doctors.
Charlotte has secured compensation, and funding for ongoing care, adapted accommodation, loss of earnings, aids and equipment and therapies, for clients who have suffered as a result of negligence on the part of their medical practitioner and the families of children and adults who have died during clinical treatment. Acting against the NHS hospitals, GPs and private doctors, her experience includes the following types of cases: amputation, visual loss, orthopaedic, stillbirth, fatal, gynaecological, colorectal, developmental dysplasia of the hip, cancer (bowel, rectal, breast, cervical, vulval and lung) and general medical. Charlotte also works on behalf of clients with severe brain injury.
Examples of how Charlotte has helped include:
- obtaining £700,000 for a child who has mobility problems following a delay in diagnosing septic arthritis of the hip;
- a payment of £675,000 for the family of a patient who died due to a delay in diagnosing rectal cancer;
- compensation for reduced life expectancy and restricted mobility of £500,000 following the negligent transplant of an infected kidney;
- negotiating a payment of £300,000 when a delay in diagnosing vulval cancer lead to death;
- compensation for visual loss of £164,000 due to a delay in diagnosing glaucoma; and
- obtaining £65,000 for lady who suffered a fourth degree vaginal tear during child birth.
A specialist in financial welfare and Court of Protection work.
Sharon advises individuals, trustees and Court appointed deputies on the management of the financial affairs and personal welfare needs of clients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries as a result of clinical negligence or personal injury and who, as a result, lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves. Her work includes advising on how compensation payments should be used and invested to ensure a client’s needs are met, making applications to the Court of Protection for permission to make specific purchases to aid recovery or improve quality of life. Sharon also assists parents of children who are about to turn 18 to obtain the legal right to continue to be informed and consulted about medical and social care decisions.
Sharon acts for clients throughout the UK, and is particularly experienced in dealing with the financial affairs and lifetime care needs of brain damaged children who have suffered brain damage.
Examples of how Sharon has helped clients includes:
- successfully obtaining permission from the Court of Protection to buy a new property for a child with brain damage where it was impossible for the current family home to be adapted to meet the child’s needs;
- helping parents remain involved in decisions affecting their child after turning 18 when the family GP believed the child had the capacity to make decisions alone;
- supporting a family not used to managing large sums of money to make prudent investment decisions to ensure compensation received by their child would cover all future care costs; and
- securing permission from the Court of Protection to use part of a compensation award to fund the installation of a hydrotherapy pool in the family home of a child with brain damage to aid their rehabilitation and personal comfort.
Laura is an associate in the clinical negligence team.
Laura advises clients with clinical negligence claims and has extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of clinical negligence claims including, complex orthopaedic cases, delay in diagnosis of cancer cases, gynaecological claims including perineal tears, claims against GPs, fatal claims, stillbirths and neonatal deaths.
Laura also works with other senior team members on a wide range of cases, including acquired brain injury cases and cerebral palsy claims.
Farah is a solicitor in the clinical negligence team.
Farah advises clients with clinical negligence and personal injury claims and has experience in dealing with cases including fatal claims, gynaecological claims including perineal tears, lacerations following caesarean section and psychological injuries.
Farah also specialises in deputyship, assisting court of protection appointed deputies with the management of financial affairs of clients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries as a result of clinical negligence and who as a result, lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.
Rebecca is a solicitor in the clinical negligence team.
Rebecca predominantly acts for clients who have suffered injuries as a result of the mismanagement of pregnancy and birth. This includes cerebral palsy claims, still births, neonatal deaths and injuries to the mother such as post-partum haemorrhage, perineal tears and psychological injuries.
Rebecca also has experience in dealing with a wide range of clinical negligence claims including delay in diagnosis of cancer, fatal claims, orthopaedic claims and spinal injuries.
Rachel is a solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team.
Rachel acts for clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of medical practitioners. She works on a range of claims including birth injury cases, cerebral palsy claims, gynaecological claims such as perineal tears, brain injury cases, fatal claims and cancer cases.
Rachel also advises clients on special educational needs issues relating to Education, Health and Care Plans and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).
David is a solicitor in the clinical negligence team.
David has extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of matters including complex orthopaedic, catastrophic spinal injury and amputation claims. David has acted for a number of families in respect of claims involving mismanagement of diabetes, delay in diagnosis of cancer, fatal injuries and surgical negligence.
David also works with other senior team members on a wide range of claims involving injuries of maximum severity, including acquired brain injury and cerebral palsy.