'Always goes the extra mile'
Legal 500 2016
'first-rate with clients and will work to get the best possible result for them.'
'He's very approachable and easy to get on with. I can't think of anyone else better - we are really lucky.'
'The go-to lawyer for complex adult and child cardiac cases.'
'He is a great lawyer handling big cases.'
'Laurence covers a wide range of clinical negligence cases, and continues to strengthen his cardiac claim practice. He is recognised by market commentators for his knowledge.'
Laurence is Head of the Medical Negligence team at Michelmores Solicitors. An active patient safety advocate, he has practised exclusively in medical negligence litigation for over 30 years, covering the full range of medical procedures.
A central figure in child heart surgery litigation, he represented the families affected by the Bristol scandal in the 1990s. He was joint lead solicitor to the 300 families at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Public Inquiry, the investigation which resulted in the Kennedy Report of 2001. He continues to work on behalf of those affected by failings at cardiac units across the country.
'Were it not for the tenacity of lawyers such as Laurence Vick in the Bristol [child heart scandal] case, the trust might never have handed over the surgeons' logbooks that helped prove the care was so inadequate.'
- Dr Phil Hammond
Laurence remains a key contributor to the debate over the many issues facing the NHS. Privatisation, and the effect that this will have on patient safety, is one of his key interests. Following successful litigation relating to the now-defunct Independent Sector Treatment Centre programme, he was asked to give evidence to Parliament on his experiences of seeking redress for patients in a fragmented, public-private health service. He and his team also recently succeeded in a high-profile Judicial Review on behalf of haemophiliacs affected by tainted blood supplies supplied to the NHS by US pharmaceutical companies.
Laurence is also an authority on the legal and jurisdictional complications surrounding medical tourism, and has been an adviser to two major government-funded studies on the subject.
He is a panel member of Action against Medical Accidents, and a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel, The American Association for Justice, and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is also an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner (1999). Laurence has been listed in Debrett's People of Today for the last seven years.
When not engaged in legal work, Laurence enjoys spending time with his family, travel, guitar and his garden. He can be found on Twitter at @LaurenceVick.
- Representing the families at the Bristol Children's Heart Surgery Public Inquiry in 2001.
- Currently handling 10 cases involving recent children's heart surgery cases at Bristol and a further 10 at Leeds.
- Acting in cases involving cataract operations outsourced by Musgrove Park Hospital NHS hospital. Outsourcing of services is a specialist area of interest.
- Advising on breast cancer claims involving the controversial breast surgeon Ian Paterson of Solihull NHS Trust.