An experienced advocate who is instructed by both claimants and defendants in fast track and multi-track claims at all stages of litigation, including Joint Settlement Meetings. Angela represents Claimants and Defendants in all stages of litigation. She particularly enjoys being a part of the legal team from an early stage, and advising upon and assessing the strength of the case as it develops.
Is developing her practice in key specialist areas, including Judicial Review claims in homelessness matters, and Inquests where she has represented hospital trusts and families of the bereaved.
Is committed to the sensitive, fair and appropriate treatment for vulnerable clients. Attended the Vulnerable Witnesses Annual Conference and completed the Inns of Court Advocacy Training Course for Handling Vulnerable Witnesses.
Angela joined 42 Bedford Row in 2013. She moved to London from the Northern Circuit where she completed pupillage and was in practice following a career as a broadcast journalist with Granada Television in the North West and BBC Local Radio in Yorkshire.
Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury practice includes the following key areas:
Angela Piears represents claimants and defendants in fast track and multi-track claims at all stages of litigation. Advises upon liability and quantum. Also represents parties at Joint Settlement meetings, including the drafting of schedules and counter-schedules. Her clinical negligence practice includes representing women who have suffered injury of severe perineal tears during childbirth.
Angela Piears has successfully represented male victims of historic sexual abuse in claims against the Church of England.
Junior Counsel for the Claimant on a number of multi-million pound settlements, including:
Angela has represented hospital trusts at inquests:
A patient died when a temporary pacing machine and monitoring equipment became disconnected. The Trust had reviewed its equipment and procedures prior to the inquest.
A decision that a patient died after multi-organ failure despite hospital care. A burn suffered prior to being admitted had not been a direct cause of death but was a major contributory factor.
Angela has been instructed by families of the deceased to attend inquests where a clinical negligence claim was being considered.
A father in his late forties died in hospital whilst waiting for heart bypass surgery died of natural causes. The Coroner noted in the Record of circumstances that it was possible that his death could have been prevented had he undergone Angiography earlier and with earlier escalation to cardiac surgery when his symptoms recurred but the evidence did not establish that this was probably so.
Angela is a member of the Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory team and a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
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