Jane Weakley, Partner
Jane joined the team as a Partner in March 2017. She has over 20 years' experience in medical law. She specialises in the interests and rights of birth injured children - in particular those affected with catastrophic injuries where compensation awards are very high to ensure there is provision for the child’s future needs.
In 2012 Jane agreed a settlement in such a case for a seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy to the value of £11.55 million, and again in December 2015 achieved a settlement to the value of £11.56 million for a five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy: both awards being among the largest of their kind. Her cases regularly receive media attention and Jane has appeared on national news and in the national press.
Jane lectures on best practice in obstetric cases and has given presentations to the Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (London), the Children's Trust for Children with Brain Injury (Surrey), Chailey Heritage School (East Sussex) and SCOPE (London).
Jane is a Law Society accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist, a member of the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel and an APIL Fellow.
What the leading legal directories say about Jane
Jane Weakley is noted for her ability to advise on brain injury and cerebral palsy claims, particularly in obstetric and neonatal cases.
Chambers & Partners 2019
Jane Weakley is praised by interviewees for her 'complete calm in the face of a crisis' and ability to 'come up with the best practical solution for the client.'
Chambers & Partners 2017
Jane Weakley is described as “very proficient, user friendly and capable; a delight to work with.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
Jane Weakley is praised for her wealth of experience in the clinical negligence field and for the "tremendous quality" of her work.
Chambers & Partners 2015
Jane's Recent Recoveries:
- FABG & LABS v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £2m for a 5-year old girl with severe cerebral palsy. The award reflected the fact that the girl would have been significantly disabled in any event notwithstanding the Trust’s negligence.
- MG v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £11.56 million for a 5 year old boy with severe cerebral palsy but with retained cognitive ability. The award included an indemnity for education costs should these not be met by the boy's Local Authority.
- CC v Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Interim structured award equivalent to £8.5 million for an 8 year old boy with severe cerebral palsy caused by a delay in treating neonatal jaundice. The boy’s future education costs are to be determined at a later date.
- OB v Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £8.9m for an 8 year old girl with severe athetoid cerebral palsy but with retained intelligence.
- AP v North West London Hospitals NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £11.55m for a 7 year old girl with cerebral palsy.
- AB v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £8.5m for a 7 year old boy with severe cerebral palsy.
- HW v Lewisham Hospitals NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £7.6m for an 8 year old girl with cerebral palsy and a severe learning difficulty.
- JP v North West London Hospitals NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £6.7m for a 10 year old girl with hemiplegia and learning difficulties.
- LB v West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £5.5m for a 10 year old girl with severe spastic quadriplegia.
- SB v The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Trust. Structured award equivalent to £4.6m for a 6 year old boy with severe cerebral palsy.
- NG v North West London Hospitals NHS Trust. Structured award equivalent to £2.45m for a 6 year old boy with learning difficulties and epilepsy caused by neonatal hypoglycaemia.
- CO v St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Award of £900,000 for a 23 year old lady left in a persistent vegetative state following a routine gynaecological procedure.
- AL v Dr HKW. Award of £440,000 plus an indemnity for nursing home costs for a 53 year old woman in a minimally aware state following a subarachnoid haemorrhage and a GP failure to refer to hospital.