Sarah Pritchard

Clinical Negligence


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
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5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Stephen Loxton
Paul Clarke
Rory Davis

Clinical Negligence

Sarah is a clinical negligence specialist. Her practice covers all areas of medical and dental negligence with particular emphasis on surgical negligence, birth injury cases and complex quantum claims. She is a highly experienced trial advocate and works closely with her solicitors at all stages of the litigation. She is well used to managing teams of medical / quantum experts both at conference and in preparation for trial. She is also a skilled negotiator and has conducted many round table meetings to successful conclusions.

Significant Reported Cases

Woodward v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2012] EWHC 2167 (QB) (01 August 2012) 


Year of Call: 1993


Chambers UK 2017

"She is robust in negotiations with the opposite side." "She is feisty, thorough and on top of the evidence, so she knows all the caveats we could use to put pressure on the other side."

Chambers UK 2016

"She's very savvy about how the opponent will behave. She's very forthright and sensible."

"She's really thorough and good with clients."

“Incredibly adept at dealing with difficult experts and conditions. She can cut through to the key issues and gets straight to the point. Extremely good on the medical aspects, and is formidable in court, where her attention to detail is very impressive.”

Chambers UK 2015

"She possesses excellent advocacy skills - she's a formidable cross-examiner." "She is really patient, supportive and understanding of her clients' needs."

Chambers UK 2014

Sarah Pritchard is approachable, practical, good in round-table meetings and quick to get to the heart of the case. "She is a fighter and will stand by her convictions."

Chambers UK 2013

Sarah Pritchard has a broad clinical negligence practice which covers the full breadth of both contentious and non-contentious work. She is "excellent on her feet," and is praised for "her superb cross-examination and negotiation skills."

Chambers UK 2012

Sarah Pritchard "enjoys an excellent reputation amongst her peer group, who recommend her for her "superb preparation," "excellent approach to dealing with experts," and "masterful cross-examination skills. 

Chambers UK 2011:

"a high-quality operator, who has a particular knack for handling complex birth injury claims. "

Chambers UK:

Sarah Pritchard is commended for producing "straightforward and well thought-through advice."

"she is very tenacious when she gets the bit between her teeth and argues her cases extremely well"

The "resourceful, quick-thinking" Sarah Pritchard defends authorities in serious psychiatric injury and breach of duty matters.  She also impresses through her regulatory work.

"..endears herself to lawyers and peers alike for her 'robust advocacy' and because 'she fights hard for her clients'.  One interviewee described her as 'one of the most accomplished juniors on the circuit'."

"Another favourite is the "robust" Sarah Pritchard. She can "really give the experts a grilling".

Legal 500:

‘A personable practitioner with excellent advocacy skills.’ - 2017

"Gets to the crux of the case quickly" - 2015

"She never fails to deliver"  - 2014

"Sarah Pritchard is recommended for clinical negligence claims".

"Sarah Prtichard is praised for her 'technical ability, interpersonal skills and good bedside manner'"

"birth injury specialist 'knows how to question an expert witness' in complex cases"

"is a very strong junior in complex and severe cases"

"Sarah Pritchard has a busy catastrophic injury practice"

"Sarah Pritchard has moved up a gear in catastrophic injury work".


University:            Manchester

Degree:                LLB (Hons) Lydia Kemp Scholarship and RG Lawton Prize

Year of Call:         1993 (Gray's Inn) Junior scholarship     

Joined Chambers: 1994


Personal Injuries Bar Association
Committee member of the Northern Circuit Medical Law Association
Northern and North Eastern Circuit



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