Clinical Negligence

Trethowans has a proven track record of clinical negligence work for over 20 years, helping our clients to bring claims. We have helped many clients on a no win no fee basis.

If you are thinking about making a clinical negligence claim, it is important that your lawyer is a specialist in this complex field. The legal requirements to prove a clinical negligence claim are tough and it is essential that you have a specialist lawyer who is an expert in this area of law in order to achieve a successful result.

Chambers (2018) top rank the Clinical Negligence Team in Band 1 and praise the team for having ‘an excellent reputation for surgical negligence, cerebral palsy, and birth and brain injury claims. Strong focus on misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis and failure to diagnose cases, ranging from negligent cancer treatment to orthopaedic injuries.’


Clare Carter “is very clever, hard-working and adds value.” She is best known for her strength in birth injury, cerebral palsy and failure to diagnose cases.

Gavin Lane is also recognised ‘in catastrophic injury claims, receiving regular instructions on head injury, spinal injury and amputation cases. Interviewees assert that he is “good at finding experts and negotiating with defendants.”

Chris Whiteley – who has been ranked as an Eminent Practitioner ‘provides long-standing experience in high-value clinical negligence claims, particularly in the area of birth injury.’


If you have been injured as a result of negligent medical treatment, you are entitled to claim compensation. We have won many such cases on behalf of injured patients and helped them rebuild their lives.

We have solicitors who are panel members of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme which recognises their expertise in clinical negligence matters. Clare Carter is also a member of the AvMA clinical negligence panel.

We have experience in successfully dealing with a wide range of cases against:

NHS Hospitals
Private Hospitals

Potential claims need careful and detailed investigations. You have to prove that the treatment you received fell below a reasonable standard of care and that this caused you to suffer the injury. Not all unsatisfactory medical outcomes are as a result of negligence. Cases tend to be complex and bring up difficult and sensitive issues. We recognise this and deal with all cases professionally and sympathetically.

We have the specialist expertise to act for clients in these cases and obtain the best possible outcomes.

We have acted for claimants and recovered compensation for them in a wide variety of cases including:

Delayed diagnosis of cancer
Misdiagnosis of cancer
Negligently performed surgery – including general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, spinal injury, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, ear surgery
Brain injury
Delayed diagnosis of ischaemia
Spinal Injury
Misdiagnosis of infection
Administration of the wrong prescription
Negligent dental treatment
Failure to diagnose Crohn’s disease
Failure to diagnose compartment syndrome
Failures in vascular treatment
Gynaecological and obstetric injuries
Cerebral palsy and birth injury cases


From 1st April 2013, following reforms to Legal Aid Funding, we can only apply for funding for you from the Legal Services Commission if you have a clinical negligence case involving neurological injury at birth or within 8 weeks of birth (if you are financially eligible).

We are also able to act for clients on a no win no fee basis (also known as conditional fee agreements). Many of our clients with clinical negligence cases have conditional fee agreements with us. Please contact us to find out more.

Meet the team

Clare Carter


Gavin Lane


Chris Whiteley

Managing Partner

James Braund

Senior Associate

John Hall


Tom Hartigan


Frances Gillett


Sarah Mills


Laura Rowe


James Gleisner

Legal Executive

Sarah Khudayir


Katherine Knapman


Adele Martin