Liz has worked exclusively in the field of healthcare since qualification, undertaking defendant clinical negligence claims and inquests on behalf of NHS Trusts, NHS Resolution and medical defence organisations.
Liz also has wide and varied experience of advising on general healthcare issues, including public inquiries and disciplinary and regulatory matters, with a particular interest in all aspects of mental health law and practice and offender healthcare.
She works closely with clients in relation to patient safety.
Liz is an experienced advocate and has significant experience in complex and high profile inquests where she represents NHS Trusts’ interests.
She regularly conducts advocacy in Coroner’s Courts nationally, including Article 2 and jury inquests involving a number of agencies. She has a particular interest in mental health inquests, with a particular expertise in relation to offender care and deaths in state custody.
Liz regularly advises mental health trusts on all aspects of mental health legislation, including consent and capacity, detention, deprivation of liberty safeguards, patient safety and Mental Health Review Tribunals. She represents Responsible Authorities and Responsible Clinicians at Tribunals.
Liz has experience of advising and representing clinicians and their defence organisations’ interests during very high profile independent public inquiries.
Her involvement has included dealing with highly sensitive disclosure and investigations, substantial document management, and the preparation of witness evidence.
Liz is also involved in extensive training for client Trusts on all aspects of healthcare law and practice including mental health legislation, inquests, the Human Rights Act, Serious Untoward Incident investigations and reports, duty of candor and patient safety. She undertakes regular practical Workshops with clinicians in relation to report writing and inquests.
Liz’s litigation experience includes defending high value neurological claims and dealing with claims with complex quantum issues, including claims with an international element.
She has a particular interest in mental health law and claims involving psychiatric injuries and has represented the Catholic Church in high profile and complex group litigation for damages for psychiatric injuries arising out of historic abuse.
Notable cases undertaken by Liz have included:
- High profile multi-agency inquests: including representing two NHS Trusts at a high profile and sensitive 4-week inquest into the unlawful killing of a 2-year-old child by his mentally ill mother.
- Inquests arising from deaths in custody: including regular representation of a Mental Health Trusts in multi-agency Article 2 jury inquests into the deaths of prisoners in all prison categories, including a 4-week jury inquest into the death of a prisoner located in a camera-cell for observation.
- Representation of the Responsible Clinician and Responsible Authority at Mental Health Review Tribunals: including advising a Mental Health Trust on the conditional discharge of a patient detained for 25 years under Section 37/41 of the Mental Health Act.
- Trial experience: including successfully defending claims of maximum severity to Trial in respect of liability and quantum, and group litigation arising out of historic abuse.