Louise is an expert in all matters relating to Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence. Louise has developed a practice beyond her level of call culminating in her first successful Court of Appeal appearance last year.

Expertise

Louise accepts instructions in respect of all aspects of clinical negligence, ranging from misdiagnosis; negligent treatment; and failure to diagnose. Louise is capable of dealing with complex issues including breach of duty and causation.

Notable Clinical Negligence & Healthcare cases


Morgan v Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust (2015)

Louise represented the Claimant in a 4 day clinical negligence trial involving the alleged negligent insertion of a Birmingham Hybrid Total Hip Replacement.  Involved cross-examination of the Orthopaedic Expert, and a detailed analysis of the medicine, and procedure.

Louise has experience of representing families, and interested parties at inquests.

Louise represents both Claimants and Defendants in all areas of serious injury litigation.  In particular, she has experience in road traffic claims (including fraud), employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, and Highways Act claims.  Louise often represents local authorities in employers’ liability and public liability claims, at both Fast Track and Multi Track level.

Louise also accepts instructions in claims relating to disease including, Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Asbestosis, and Mesothelioma.

Louise has particular experience in cross-examining expert witnesses in Multi-Track matters, on the issues of diagnosis, prognosis, and causation.

Louise is a member of the Pain team, and has experience dealing with a number of cases involving chronic pain conditions.  Louise has a particular interest in cases involving fibromyalgia and CRPS.

Notable Serious Injury cases


Sloan v The Governors of Rastrick High School [2014] EWCA Civ 1063, [2014] All ER (D) 305

3-day multi-track case (approx. value £250,000) involving a claim by a former employee of Rastrick High School following a manual handling incident allegedly sustained whilst pushing a disabled child in a wheelchair.  Louise successfully defended the claim at first instance, and went on to win the subsequent appeal in the Court of Appeal. 


K v Liverpool City Council (2014)

Louise represented a disabled Claimant in a claim against her employer following a fall from height in a school.  The Claimant had pre-existing cerebral palsy.  Following the accident she was unable to return to her previous level of gainful employment and suffered a significant reduction in her ability to function wholly independently.  Issues of causation and contributory negligence were hotly contested.  Settled at JSM.


Barker v Calderdale MBC (2015)

5 day multi-track case (approx. value £250,000) involving a claim by a former employee of Ravenscliffe High School following the development of PTSD as a result of an accident at work.

Louise is a member of the Pain team, and has experience dealing with a number of cases involving chronic pain conditions. Louise has a particular interest in cases involving fibromyalgia and CRPS.

"Louise is able to build strong rapport with clients."

Chambers uk 2023

"She's always well prepared and supportive with clients."

Chambers UK 2024

"Louise is absolutely incredible."

Chambers UK 2024

'Louise is a highly effective communicator, a passionate and tenacious advocate, and will not be intimidated in court. She is able to get to the heart of a case very quickly and that means that she is tactically astute from the very early stages.'

Legal 500 2024

  

  • Irwin Mitchell Prize EU Law (University of Leeds)
  • Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship (awarded to one of the top 5 candidates on the Bar Vocational Course)
  • William Shaw Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)

  • LLB (Hons) Law and French with a distinction in spoken French
  • University of Leeds (Université de Nancy II)
  • 2:1 Classification [2004 – 2008]
  • Manchester Metropolitan University BVC (Very Competent) [2009]
  • Pupillage – St James’s Chambers [2010]

  • Northern Circuit
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association

Chambers UK 2023

“Her communication skills are excellent and she always provides a prompt response to queries with high-quality written advice.”

“Louise is approachable and thorough in conferences and in pleadings.”

 

Chambers UK 2022

“She is very thorough in her analysis and always well prepared with excellent medical knowledge and grasp of the issues. She builds a strong rapport with clients, and at mediation she has a clear and measured approach and is always determined to achieve the best outcome.” “Has an excellent manner with clients, and her paperwork is always prompt and well drafted.”

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