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I have been a partner at Fieldfisher since 2003. I have specialised in medical negligence claims for 20 years; particularly those involving children brain-injured at birth. I have been on the specialist AvMA panel for over a decade.

I am highly regarded for my tenacity, devoted client care and strong legal expertise. I am considered to be a top-notch litigator and a go-to lawyer for clinical negligence claims.

Particular interests include: obstetrics (cerebral palsy; kernicterus; Erb’s palsy, traumatic deliveries, pre-eclampsia cases); fetal medicine (wrongful birth); cases resulting in infertility or the need for surrogacy; paediatrics and neonatology; neurosurgery, gynaecology and cancer claims.

In 2018 I secured an award of £23million for a child who suffered serious brain damage at the age of 2 due to negligent cardiac surgery which caused her to have a stroke. I also secured damages of £19 million in the case of a baby who developed neonatal jaundice which was not treated properly with a full blood exchange. This caused brain damage (kernicterus) resulting in cerebral palsy and a complex hearing disorder.

I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and sit on the Clinical Disputes Forum. I am an active charity fundraiser.

What others say…

Samantha Critchley is a leader in this sphere. She fights for her clients and does a great job. She is experienced, thorough and caring, and time and time again she goes above and beyond.

Chambers & Partners 2022

She is excellent; not only superb on the detail but strategically amazing. She surrounds herself with the best experts and is somebody you would always want on your side.

Chambers & Partners 2022

Samantha Critchley is amazing. She will consistently go that extra mile on each occasion to get the best outcome; surrounding herself with the best experts and team and genuinely caring about her client. She is fully invested in the matter and literally works round the clock. She misses nothing.

Legal 500 2022

Samantha is one of the most meticulous, well-prepared and committed litigators in the jurisdiction.

Legal 500 2022

"She is hugely impressive, has a great grasp on cases and really knows the area inside and out."

Chambers & Partners 2021

Samantha Critchley is a highly regarded clinical negligence lawyer who frequently assists claimants in high-value adult and infant brain injury claims. Interviewees say: "She is meticulous, knowledgeable, compassionate and fights to the last to get the best result for clients."

Chambers & Partners 2020

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