Russell Cooke Putney London 2

About Bernadette

I will help you to understand what went wrong to cause injury to you or your loved one, move forward with your life and to plan your future. I will arrange a full assessment of ongoing needs, support you along the way and be relentless in my investigation and perseverance on your behalf.

Bernadette heads the brain injury team at Russell-Cooke.

Bernadette has a varied caseload of wholly clinical negligence cases but her main area of expertise is in brain injuries including CP cases, meningitis and encephalitis as well as maternal injury in pregnancy. Bernadette's nursing background greatly informs her legal practice and helps her to see both sides of any dispute. She is also committed to improving maternity safety working alongside charities such as Baby Lifeline.

As part of Bernadette's everyday practice she is used to dealing with both lay clients and professionals such as clinicians and lawyers at all levels. Bernadette takes a collaborative approach to her work when dealing with opponents which leads to a more constructive working relationship and mutual respect.

Before joining Russell-Cooke in October 2020, Bernadette previously was an executive director in the clinical negligence team of Enable Law (part of the Foot Anstey group) which she joined in May 2017, following transfer of the clinical negligence team from Michelmores where she had been a partner since 2010.

Bernadette is also a qualified general and paediatric nurse; and a CEDR accredited mediator 2020.

Bernadette McGhie is the lead solicitor for my daughter’s case. She is approachable, honest, and flexible and I feel that she is in total control. Her wide knowledge of the nursing side of the case is excellent.
The Legal 500 (2023)

Experience

  • £1.5 million for young woman who suffered a hypoxic brain injury and had to undergo a heart transplant as a consequence of a delay in transfer for cardiac surgery

  • Over £12 million (approx. capitalised sum) settlement for a young boy with significant brain injury caused by Fetal Valproate Syndrome after negligently high doses of sodium valproate were prescribed to his mother in pregnancy. The compensation provided for specially adapted accommodation and a 24 hour care regime

  • £18 million (approx. capitalised sum) awarded to a young girl with asymmetric spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, speech and language problems and associated issues as a consequence of birth asphyxia. A separate claim was made for her mother who sustained obstetric anal sphincter injury and PTSD

  • £8 million (approx. capitalised sum) settlement for a young man with brain damage and profound deafness due to a delay in diagnosing and treating pneumococcal meningitis following a head injury

  • £6 million for young woman who suffered brain injury as a result of a failure to diagnose and treat pneumonia

  • £800,000 for a woman who suffered damage to her ureter during a caesarean section resulting in kidney failure

Bernadette is a consummate professional in all areas.
Chambers UK (2024)

Memberships

  • AvMA clinical negligence specialist panel member

  • Member of Baby Lifeline's multi-professional advisory panel, MPAP

  • Member of Maternity Voices Advisory Group, MVAG

  • Governor of Mary Hare School for the deaf

We would like to thank Bernadette McGhie for securing such a substantial amount of compensation for our daughter; this will enable her to lead a more fulfilled life after sustaining a brain injury at birth. Throughout the entire process Bernadette has shown empathy, has kept us updated, been there for us and has shown amazing professionalism whilst being down to earth and approachable.
Mr & Mrs C • Clients

Awards and accreditations

Bernadette's highlights

News

07.02.2024

The Hughes Report–‘options for redress for those harmed by valproate and pelvic mesh’

Following release of The Hughes Report today, consultant Bernadette McGhie and associate Amy Anderson delve into its implications...
Bernadette McGhie, Consultant in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence team. Amy Anderson, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence team.
Multiple Authors
3 min Read
Bernadette McGhie, Amy Anderson
News

07.02.2023

Acting for a client following an accusation of fundamental dishonesty - AvMA Lawyers Service Newsletter

Bernadette McGhie, Consultant in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence team. Russell-Cooke Solicitors staff photograph. Silhouette of a female team member against the backdrop of an office window with a soft focus effect.
Multiple Authors
2 min Read
Bernadette McGhie, Russell-Cooke Team
News

22.02.2022

World Encephalitis Day: our personal injury and clinical negligence team wears #REDforWED

Ellie Miles, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence team. Bernadette McGhie, Consultant in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence team.
Multiple Authors
2 min Read
Ellie Miles, Bernadette McGhie
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