Field Fisher Waterhouse hires five lawyer-strong medical negligence team
Fieldfisher announces the appointment of a leading medical negligence team who will join the firm on 1st May. Partners, Richard Vallance and Edwina Rawson; solicitors, Dr Chista Kermani and Claire Howeson; and barrister Jonathan Zimmern, join from Charles Russell.
Richard, Edwina and their team have a leading reputation in the industry and will see the firm’s Personal Injury & Medical Negligence practice grow to eight partners and six other fee earners, significantly boosting its medical negligence capability.
Richard Vallance has over 30 years’ experience in medical negligence work and is acknowledged as “one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in the business” by Legal 500. He advises on a wide range of high-value medical negligence claims and is an Assessor on the Law Society Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel. He is a member of Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AvMA) and former chair of the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors.
Edwina advises on a wide range of medical negligence claims including those involving surgery, birth injury and fatal accidents. She was heavily involved with the vCJD (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) compensation scheme and has advised on high profile cases relating to cosmetic surgery and superbugs. She has campaigned for improvements in pre-natal testing and better protection for cosmetic surgery patients. She is a Special Adviser to AvMA as well as a member of the Clinical Negligence Law Society Panel.
Dr Chista Kermani is a qualified doctor and worked in surgery for a number of years before becoming a solicitor and joining Charles Russell. Jonathan Zimmern is a qualified barrister and, as well as advising on a range of medical negligence claims, represents clients at Coroners’ Inquests.
The new team will build on Field Fisher Waterhouse’s existing medical negligence practice led by partner, Paul McNeil. It is virtually unique as a City based medical negligence practice which focuses on high value, complex claims with cases covering antenatal care, obstetric care, paediatric care, ophthalmology, surgery and clinical trials.
Paul McNeil said: “Richard, Edwina and the team have an excellent reputation in the medical negligence field and we have known them for many years. Their practice complements our strengths and our focus on high value, complex cases and our combined resources give us unparalleled depth and expertise in the field.”