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Jeffrey is one of the top rated healthcare law specialists in the North of England and is ranked amongst the top clinical negligence defence practitioners in the UK by legal directory Chambers & Partners.

He heads Ward Hadaway’s multi-disciplinary Healthcare Team, comprising more than 80 lawyers and offering the full range of legal services required by the Healthcare sector.


Jeffrey has wide-ranging experience across the entire field of health law including more than 30 years of experience in defending clinical negligence and personal injury cases on behalf of the NHS. He has particular and specialist knowledge of high value birth injury claims and regularly advises as part of our urgent response team on issues such as consent, confidentiality, capacity and mental health issues. In December 2013 he successfully defended two high value birth injury claims at trial.

He ensures the high quality delivery of legal services by the entire team and is an experienced lecturer on clinical negligence and clinical risk management and also speaks on the University of Northumbria LLM programme in medical law, most recently delivering a lecture on the subject of causation.

Jeffrey is a Nominated Partner approved by NHS Resolution (formerly the NHSLA) for the clinical negligence panel, a position he has held since Ward Hadaway were appointed to that panel.

He has extensive experience of periodical payment orders and settling high value cases in joint settlement meetings. Jeffrey is the Client Liaison Partner for many of Ward Hadaway’s key health sector clients.

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What our clients say

  • "Jeff and the team have been providing Healthcare advice to our Trust for many years and have consistently delivered a professional and exceptional service as well as providing great value for money. Jeff's knowledge of the Trust means that his advice is always tailored to the particular needs of the Trust. He has a very pragmatic approach and would highly recommend him and the team."

    Emma Stonehouse, Legal & Committee Services Manager, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • "Thank you to you and your team for ensuring that we were well represented at the recent Court case in London. Whilst the prospect of the case was very daunting I knew that we were in very capable hands from the time we met."

    NHS Client
  • "I congratulate you on bringing this case to this conclusion. You have driven this so carefully and been so helpful. It does show how playing with a straight bat will in the end bring home the runs."

Independent verdict

  • "He is an excellent lawyer who is very well liked by clients, understands their needs and is easy to work with."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Jeffrey Keeble is identified as a 'proactive' and 'responsive' specialist who commands 'a detailed understanding of clinical negligence claims' and inspires 'great confidence.' He is extremely experienced in defending NHS organisations in connection with a range of clinical negligence and personal injury matters, including high-value birth injury cases."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Jeffrey Keeble is a 'very well respected' lawyer with a wealth of experience across the medical field."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Jeffrey Keeble knows the job inside out and is a business-orientated litigator who is prepared to listen".

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Jeffrey Keeble is an accomplished defendant solicitor instructed by various NHS Trusts to act on complex clinical negligence claims, with an emphasis on those concerning birth injury."

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