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Overview

Having achieved a good grounding in all areas of general common law, Deborah now specialises in personal injury law.  Until recently Deborah continued to practise in employment law, which continues to assist her in her personal injury practice.

Deborah is a working mother, with two children of primary school age.  She is a keen sports woman, with achievements in Judo at national standard.  She is an accomplished skier and a reluctant runner (marathon and half marathon).  Her latest craze is obstacle running; she was the first veteran woman in the 2014 “Tough Guy” Obstacle Half Marathon.  She spends her spare time indulging her passions for rock music, cooking and gardening.

Personal Injury

Deborah acts for both Claimants and Defendants and represents parties in settlement negotiations (with recent experience of mediation the Court of Appeal), civil proceedings, criminal injury compensation claims (abuse and assault claims by staff in a care home setting) and at the Coroners Court.

Her personal injury work includes:

  • Accidents at work
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Highways
  • Public liability claims
  • Harassment/stress at work

She has a special interest in historic abuse claims, including abuse in care establishments, foster care, individual assault claims and social care negligence.  In the last fifteen years she has acted for Claimants in numerous group actions, with and without leading counsel.

As a personal injury practitioner of many years, she has either pursued or been required to meet numerous allegations of fraud and exaggeration.

Deborah has extensive experience of issues relating to limitation, representing Claimants at preliminary hearings in historic abuse claims.

Clinical Negligence

Deborah has over fifteen years’ experience in all aspects of clinical negligence claims, including:

  • Negligent treatment
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Dental negligence
  • General surgery

Disease

Deborah has extensive experience in disease claims, including:

  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss
  • Work Related Upper Limb Disorder
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
  • Dermatitis

She frequently addresses limitation as a preliminary issue and at final trial.

Notable Cases

Areas of Work

  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Disease
  • Counter Fraud

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association

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