Teresa is a Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury specialist with almost 20 years experience. Much of her work is of a complex nature and / or of substantial value. She acts for both Claimants and Defendants and particularly enjoys tackling difficult issues.
Teresa is regularly instructed in cases of delayed diagnosis of cancer many of which, sadly, include complex lost years claims and / or claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. Teresa regularly acts for bereaved families of all ages and she is renowned for her sensitive but robust approach.
Teresa is involved in these claims from the early stages, providing initial advice on liability and quantum, attending interlocutory hearings and drafting pleadings, as well as taking cases through to joint settlement meetings and trial.
Teresa is highly valued for her robustness, attention to detail, thorough preparation and straightforward yet sensitive manner with clients. She has strived to retain a court-based practice which means that she has a particular skill of handling lay and expert witnesses, both in conference and at trial. She has specialist knowledge on procedural issues (such as breaches, admissions and limitation) and costs, which has proved invaluable during long running and complex litigation.
Teresa has extensive experience of Coroner’s inquests, including Article 2 Inquests, where she represents families, companies and NHS Trusts.
Teresa also lectures to solicitors on all aspects of clinical negligence litigation and recent developments.
Examples of practice:
Ian Paterson litigation: led by Paul Bleasdale QC. Following global settlement of group litigation advised over 300 claimants who were negligently and/or criminally treated by the disgraced breast surgeon, as to the value of the individual claims.
W v GPs: acting for C against GPs in case of delayed diagnosis/treatment of malignant melanoma. Lost years claim. Liability denied. Settled at JSM for 250,000.
F (Estate) v NHS Trust: acting for estate and dependents in case of delayed diagnosis of oesophageal cancer. Liability denied. Settled following mediation.
Paterson Breast Litigation
Advising on settlement and quantum in multi-party litigation
R v University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust
Failure to diagnose bowel cancer in young mother. Lost years claim. Settled at JSM
F v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals
Failure to diagnose oesophageal cancer. Fatal Accident Claim.
Metal on metal implant claims
Advising in group litigation.
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Formerly a member of the Bar Council representing barristers under seven years call
LLB (Hons) (Birmingham)