Clinical and Medical Negligence Claims
My wide litigation experience also encompasses healthcare litigation. I help clients to bring claims against the practitioner or health provider responsible for the sometimes serious and even life-threatening outcomes of poor treatment and care.
I have worked within the NHS, and I know the systems and workings of the health service. Moreover, I understand the traumas and emergency difficulties that can be suffered, as well as being familiar with the long-term and chronic issues which can affect patients. This awareness, plus my medical knowledge and my experience in the law, means I am well placed to provide balanced advice to clients who are considering taking action against healthcare providers.
Uniquely placed in view of my skills and experience, I am able to guide clients though the often complex paths which lead to a successful outcome.
Employment and HR
I have a high level of experience advising and assisting in all aspects of employment and HR law. This includes managing disciplinary and grievance processes, sickness absence policies and redundancy procedures. Keeping abreast of changes in the law, I draft and review contracts of employment, plus a wide range of HR policies and procedures for inclusion in staff handbooks.
I regularly negotiate and advise upon settlement agreements. I am able to negotiate pre-claim settlements with ACAS on behalf of employers and employees. In the event that matters cannot be resolved, I represent clients in employment tribunal proceedings during claims for unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and whistleblowing.
With experience in both the public and private sectors, I am able to provide practical, sensible and commercial advice, always with the aim of managing and resolving disputes at an early stage.
Working previously in law firms in London and later at a national firm in Nottingham before relocating to the South West, I have built up a wide and varied experience in litigation.
I became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2004, then subsequently qualified as a solicitor. I joined Battens in 2009.