Michelmores' leading team adds to its medical expertise
A highly successful medical negligence legal team can offer its clients a special insight into their claims because three of the lawyers in question are also all qualified nurses or physiotherapists.
Best known for its high profile partner Laurence Vick, the joint lead solicitor in the Bristol Royal Infirmary case, Michelmores LLP's medical negligence team also includes two nurses and a physiotherapist.
Associate Bernadette McGhie is dual-qualified as solicitor and nurse with wide experience as a registered paediatric and general nurse including a spell as a ward sister and a nurse teacher/lecturer.
Solicitor Angie Maxwell was a Senior Chartered Physiotherapist specializing in treating patients with spinal and neurological injuries before her own cervical spine injury prompted a change in career.
Paralegal and psychology graduate Dawn Dunn is a registered general nurse with experience in trauma and orthopaedics, community nursing and as a tissue viability/vascular specialist nurse. Dawn is studying the Legal Practice course and intends completing her training to become a solicitor.
Laurence Vick said: "It's not a requirement to have a medical qualification to be a good clinical negligence lawyer but a sound understanding of medical issues is fundamental.
"The collective NHS experience and expertise of Bernadette, Angie and Dawn is an immense asset to the team and has a significant impact on the relationships we have with our clients.
"Their expertise is available to all of us in the department which is invaluable when dealing with complex medical claims as we do."
Laurence Vick has recently won another important case in the ongoing Bristol Royal Infirmary saga when the NHS finally abandoned attempts to appeal against a ruling in favour of a woman who said she suffered brain damage as a baby.
Mr. Vick's team is also pursuing a claim against American pharmaceutical companies on behalf of 108 haemophiliac clients who contracted HIV and hepatitis C after being given contaminated blood products.