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.
Many cases in Teresa’s practice involve alleged surgical negligence. Whilst she has significant experience across a wide variety of surgical procedures (including but not limited to hysterectomy leading to ureteric injury, bowel surgery following failure to interpret imaging leading to complete bowel resection and permanent colostomy, ophthalmic surgery, joint replacement surgery (including metal-on-metal implants), cholecystectomy, laryngectomy), she has particular interest in and knowledge of vascular surgery.
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:
E v NHS Trust: for C in 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.
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)