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We advise non-UK nationals on legal issues involved in bringing claims if they are injured in an accident or through medical treatment whilst visiting the UK. We also provide legal advice to UK nationals who suffer injury whilst abroad.
Personal injury claims
We are experienced in acting for UK nationals in personal injury claims where they have suffered injuries in a road traffic accident or in the course of their employment whilst abroad or in hotel accommodation abroad or during holiday based sporting activities.
Clinical negligence claims
We act for UK and non-UK nationals who have been injured through medical treatment which includes surgery performed either in the UK or abroad.
We have also acted for many clients who have suffered injuries and complications following private cosmetic surgery overseas, and also for those who have had private cosmetic procedures in the UK performed by European Doctors, where we have had to pursue the doctors back to their country of origin.
In addition, we provide assistance and guidance for individuals who have been injured abroad but who are unable to bring a claim in the UK for jurisdictional reasons. In those circumstances we are able to advise and appoint suitable agents (from our international network of experts) to act for the individual in the country where the accident occurred.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme has recently been amended so that all UK citizens who have been affected by terrorist attacks abroad since November 2012 (for example, the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 and in Tunisia in March 2015) are able to bring a claim. We are able to offer a service to clients who require assistance with such claims.
We are an experienced team of lawyers with a national reputation for excellence. The lawyers' peer review Chambers UK describes us as "astute litigators" and "thoroughly impressive". We regularly receive referrals from other law firms and professionals.
Our team includes specialist lawyers who are accredited members of panels including the Law Society Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Panels, Action Against Medical Accidents (AVMA) Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
We can offer flexible funding arrangements for clients. The financial strength, size and diversity of the firm means that in certain circumstances we can offer in-house funding for claims which have a strong chance of success but where the client is in difficult financial circumstances.
Action against Medical Accidents
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is the independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident. A 'medical accident' is where avoidable harm has been caused as a result of treatment or failure to treat appropriately.www.avma.org.uk
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people. Founded in April 1990 by a group of barristers and solicitors who wished to improve the services provided for victims of personal injury, today APIL has grown to become the trusted organisation in the promotion, encouragement and development of expertise in personal injury law. APIL has created networks, forged links and uses its 4,700 strong voice to promote the rights of injured people and fight to ensure access to justice.www.apil.org.uk
Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel
The Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme covers all work undertaken by solicitors and suitably qualified Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) arising out of any act of negligence, breach of contract and/or statutory duty as a result of which the victim has sustained injuries in the course of medical or dental care.
Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.www.headway.org.uk
INQUEST is a charity that provides a free advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on deaths in custody.www.inquest.org.uk
RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims. Members include those who have been bereaved or injured in crashes and also those who are concerned about road danger. RoadPeace provide both support for existing victims and work to prevent future victims by campaigning for road danger reduction.www.roadpeace.org
Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national charity for spinal cord injured people. The charity offers support and assistance from the time of injury and for the rest of a paralysed person's life, provides services to increase an individual's quality of life and campaign for the best medical and social care for spinal cord injured people.www.spinal.co.uk
The main funding options relevant to compensation claims are set out below. We would be pleased to offer potential clients a free no obligation half hour interview or an initial assessment over the telephone to discuss the likelihood of pursuing a claim and discuss the various funding options available to you.
Public Funding / Legal Services Commission
This was abolished for most injury claims in April 2000. However, it is still available for clinical claims and as we have a contract with the Legal Services Commission we can apply for you.
"No Win, No Fee"/Conditional Fee Agreements
These are agreements between you and a firm of solicitors. If you win, the other side pays your solicitor's costs and if you lose your solicitor does not get paid.
However losing could mean that you have to pay the other side's costs, but you can protect yourself by taking out an insurance policy which will pay the other side's costs if you lose.
Legal Expenses Insurance
We recommend that you check all insurance policies (including any belonging to other family members) as you might be covered for solicitors fees for accident claims and you will still be able to instruct us to act for you.
Your own money
You can pay your own costs and we will ask you to pay for the work as the case progresses. Costs can be expensive and if you lose you could end up paying the other side's fees as well.
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
An independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident.www.avma.org.uk
A brain injury association that is a registered charitywww.headway.org.uk
A charity that provides a free advice service to bereaved people on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on deaths in custody.www.inquest.org
Spinal Injuries Association
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national charity for spinal cord injured people. We are unique in that we are a user led organisation with all our Trustees being spinal cord injured themselves.www.spinal.co.uk
Community legal services and public funding (legal aid)
The Legal Aid Agency providex civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Waleslegalservices.gov.uk
Courts and Tribunals Service
Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Our remit is to deliver justice effectively and efficiently to the public. We are responsible for managing the magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court, county courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales.https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-courts-and-tribunals-service
The Law Society
The Law Society is the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales.www.lawsociety.org.uk
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) exists to help its members fight for the rights of injured people.www.apil.org.uk
General Dental Council
Organization that regulates dental professionals in the UK. Includes work details, news, publications and events.www.gdc-uk.org
General Medical Council
The GMC registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Our purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.www.gmc-uk.org
Nursing & Midwifery Council
The Nursing & Midwifery Council exists to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public.www.nmc-uk.org
The Royal College of Nursing
The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.www.rcn.org.uk
Office of the Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian supports and promotes decision making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future, within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.www.gov.uk