NHS: Negligence

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th January 2018.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Conservative, Basildon and Billericay

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the solicitors instructed to defend clinical negligence claims against the NHS where the claim has resolved, and for each such firm (a) what fees were paid, (b) how many claims were made and (c) how many of those were successful as denoted by payment of damages whether by court award or settlement in the last 12 months.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS Resolution manages clinical negligence claims against the National Health Service in England on behalf of member organisations. NHS Resolution has provided the following information:

The data extract is for the last audited financial year 2016/17. The 2017/18 data has not yet been audited.

The table below shows the number of clinical claims closed (or settled as a Periodical Payment) 2016/17 as at 31 March 2017 by panel firm.

Panel Firm

Number of Claims

Number of Successful Claims

Defence Costs Paid

Bevan Brittan LLP Solicitors

1,078

609

12,213,899

BLM Solicitors

109

58

823,468

Browne Jacobson Solicitors

927

520

10,244,176

Capsticks Solicitors

1,123

657

12,279,667

Clyde and Co Solicitors

397

238

4,187,710

DAC Beachcroft LLP Solicitors

2,255

1,357

22,851,953

Hempsons Solicitors

1,309

792

15,747,577

Hill Dickinson Solicitors

885

527

9,172,560

Kennedys Solicitors

964

558

9,403,916

Ward Hadaway Solicitors

366

178

4,247,966

Weightmans Solicitors

900

513

8,620,341

Total

10,313

6,007

109,793,233

Notes:

  1. Defence costs include profit, costs and disbursements such as counsel, expert fees and court fees. It would not be correct to say that these are the sums received by those firms for the services that they alone provide.
  1. The variability in the numbers for the firms is caused by the number of offices the defence firm has on the panel.

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