Gemma has established a thriving and busy clinical negligence practice acting on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. She has a wealth of experience in all stages of a litigation, from inquest to trial, and brings a successful combination of robust advocacy with sensitivity for a client’s individual needs. She regularly advises in writing or in conference and can draft pleadings at short notice where necessary.
Gemma has particular experience of advising in cases of delayed or mis-diagnosis, gynaecological claims, oncological matters and failures in cosmetic procedures. Examples of her recent work include succeeding at trial in a claim involving failure of a hernia repair which caused major internal injury, being lead by Paul Bleasdale QC as part of the group action against Dr Pattinson, disgraced breast surgeon, securing settlement for the family of a young patient who died following a tracheotomy failure, defending an NHS Trust over an alleged failure to obtain consent and acting for the mother in a neo-natal fatality claim.
Gemma has experience of a variety of clinical negligence cases, including the following areas: cancer; gynaecology and obstetrics; medical and surgical.
Further details of Gemma’s experience can be found under her specialist profiles.
"Gemma is highly skilled and has a firm grasp of the issues in a case. She provides prompt advice and responses." "Gemma is able to deal with factually complex cases. She is calm and reassuring when dealing with vulnerable witnesses."
Chambers UK 2023
'Gemma is an extremely approachable, able, and hard-working barrister. She is able to properly extract the relevant information from experts at the conference and manages clients' expectations very well.'
Legal 500 2023
"She know the law inside and out." "She is incredibly intelligent."
Chambers UK 2022
Reliable and a safe pair of hands. Very responsive and quick grasp of the issues in a case and effective in conference.
Legal 500 2022
Free Representation Unit
Gray’s Inn (Lord Uthwatt Scholarship 2005)
M.A Oxon; Philosophy, Politics and Economics (New College, Oxford)
GDL BPP Law School (Commendation)
BVC BPP Law School (Very Competent)