Charlotte Law


Year of Call: 2005

Practice Areas:

Clinical Negligence

Personal injury

Military claims

Inquests

Profile:

Charlotte practises predominantly in the field of clinical negligence, dealing with cases of surgical and pharmaceutical negligence, dental negligence, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, inappropriate treatment and failure to obtain informed consent.

She also practises in the field of personal injury, acting for Claimants and Defendants in claims for severe injury arising from employer’s liability, public liability, product liability and road traffic.

Charlotte has a special interest in military claims, attending inquests on behalf of the families of service personnel, advising on claims against the MoD arising from physical injury or death, and psychiatric injury (PTSD), and represents service personnel at trial and JSM.

Charlotte is particularly experienced in the area of Coronial Law, regularly attending inquests on behalf of families and other interested parties in cases of deaths in hospital, deaths in service of the armed forces, and deaths in the course of employment. She has in-depth knowledge of the application of Article 2 ECHR to inquest proceedings, both in relation to jurisdictional issues and its effect on the scope of inquiry.

Charlotte also advises service personnel applying to the Armed Forces Compensation Authority for statutory compensation for injury or death in service. She advises on appeals to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and represents appellants on appeals to the Pensions Appeal Tribunal.

Charlotte also represents applicants before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Panel.

Cases of Interest:

Clinical Negligence

2012– Represented an armed forces fire fighter in a claim involving delayed diagnosis of injury by Army medical staff in Iraq. Settled at JSM.

2011– Represented a Claimant with peri-natal injuries due to obstetric negligence. Settled before trial.

2011– Represented a Claimant who underwent above knee amputation due to surgical negligence. Settled before trial.

2011– Represented the parents of a child who was still-born due to obstetric mismanagement. Settled before trial.

Personal Injury

2012– Represented (led by Michael Rawlinson QC) an Army Private who sustained blast injury to the head due to negligent discharge of an RPG. Settled before trial for £3.5m.

2012– Represented an Army LCpl who sustained life-changing injury while in service in Iraq. Settled at JSM.

2011– Represented an Army major who had sustained significant spinal injury. Settled at JSM.

2011– Represented a young Claimant who sustained significant spinal injury in a road traffic accident. Substantial future loss of earnings claim. Settled at JSM.


Inquests

2011– Represented a local authority as interested party in the inquest touching the death of a young boy in a public swimming pool.

2011– Represented the family of a child who died in hospital due to failure to diagnose and treat systemic infection.

2010– Represented (led by Michael Rawlinson QC) the families of service personnel killed in a Snatch Land Rover in Afghanistan. Their civil claim is currently stayed pending the Secretary of State’s appeal against Owen J’s judgment in Ellis, Redpath et al.

2009– Represented a private security firm as interested party in the inquest touching the death of a patient while under physical restraint.


Tribunals

2012– Represented a victim of sustained sexual abuse in childhood, c. £400,000 awarded by CICAP.

2010– Advised and represented a Royal Marine double amputee in relation to his appeal to the PAT.


Healthcare

2007– Advised and represented the Health Protection Agency (and various NHS Trusts) on the detention of a patient under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act1984, in particular on the compatibility of the Act with the HRA 1998


Lectures and Seminar Series:

2013 (on going) - The Armed Forces and Injury Claims – All you need to Know

2011-2013 - MBL conference series “Cosmetic Surgery – The Issues Explained”

2012- (on going) Kings Chambers conference series “The Coroner’s Court – A Survival Guide”: Military Inquests

2011 Kings Chambers: Inquests – Theory and Practice

2010 Kings Chambers: Disclosure (Third Parties and Data Protection)


Professional Memberships:

Personal Injury Bar Association

Northern Circuit of the Bar

North Eastern Circuit of the Bar

Career and Education:
                                                   

Tenant at Kings Chambers

2008- 

Tenant at Peel Court Chambers

2006-2008

Pupil at Peel Court Chambers, Manchester

2005-2006

Called to the Bar

MA Classics (University of Cambridge)

2005 Middle Temple

1999-2002



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