Teresa Hargreaves

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Teresa is a clinical negligence specialist with 20 years’ experience.
Much of her work is of a complex nature and / or of substantial value and, as a senior junior, she is extremely competent in undertaking such cases without the assistance of Leading Counsel. She is, however, often led when the complexity and / or value demands such input.
Teresa acts for both Claimants and Defendants and particularly enjoys tackling difficult issues. She has a relaxed and approachable style, which lends itself to working as a team with her instructing solicitor and experts.
Teresa combines her busy clinical negligence practice with her specialism in personal injury litigation, much of which is of high value and involves serious and catastrophic injuries. Her dual specialism provides her with wide and varied experience of medical issues which has proved invaluable.
Further details of Teresa’s experience can be found under her specialist profiles.
Teresa is involved in 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 and maintain a court-based practice, which means that she has a particular skill of handling lay and expert witnesses, both in conference and at trial.
Teresa has a specialist knowledge of 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, medical practices / individuals and NHS Trusts.
Teresa also lectures to solicitors and other professional bodies on all aspects of clinical negligence litigation and recent developments.
Languages
Conversational Italian and French
Notable Cases
Paterson Breast Litigation
2017-2018
Led by Paul Bleasdale QC. Following global settlement of group litigation, instructed to advise over 300 Claimants who were negligently and / or criminally treated by the disgraced breast surgeon. W v GPs
W v GPs
Acting for Claimant against GPs in case of delayed diagnosis / treatment of malignant melanoma in a young father. Lost years claim. Liability denied. Settled at JSM.
F (Estate) v NHS Trust
Acting for Estate and dependents in case of delayed diagnosis of oesophageal cancer. Liability denied. Settled following mediation.
B v NHS Trust
Led by Chris Bright QC. Failure to act on MRI scan following spinal surgery leading to tetraplegia. Settled following JSM.
E v NHS Trust
Acting for Claimant in an ongoing case relating to negligent colorectal surgery following misdiagnosis of Crohn’s Disease.
N v NHS Trust
Negligent endoscopy leading to tracheostomy and significant scarring in young woman.
B v NHS Trust
Negligent surgery causing ongoing infection and exacerbation of diabetes leading to blindness and potential loss of limbs. Complex issues of causation.
D v NHS Trust
Negligent total abdominal hysterectomy and oophorectomy causing ureteric injury. Liability denied. Settled shortly before trial.
B v NHS
Failure to remove all products of conception following C-section leading to further surgery, separation from new born baby leading to complex psychiatric issues.
B v Ambulance NHS Trust
Death of new born baby due to failure to identify cord compression and hypoxia during home delivery.
H v NHS Trust
Lack of consent relating to spinal surgery following which C developed cauda equina. Settled at JSM.
J (Protected Party) v NHS Trust
Failure to diagnose scaphoid fracture in autistic Claimant. Complex causation issues in relation to loss of earnings claim and also issues regarding “exacerbation” of autism.
Memberships
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Formerly a member of the Bar Council representing barristers under seven years call
Qualifications
LLB (Hons) (Birmingham)

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Teresa Hargreaves, Costs lawyer from No5 Barristers’ Chambers, considers the apparent turn of the tide following the recent decision in AB v Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 1889 (QB)....

Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2019