Heather is a specialist medical law practitioner, practicing in personal injury, clinical negligence, and coroners’ inquests.
She also practices in public law, particularly in matters regarding prisons and the secure estate.
Heather is currently instructed as junior counsel on behalf of the Scottish infected and affected core participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry, which is frequently referred to as the UK’s largest ever public inquiry. She continues to accept instructions in other matters.
Prior to joining Chambers, Heather worked for two recognised insurance law firms in London, where she was instructed in almost every conceivable type of claim that might be expected in a defendant insurance practice. Although the focus of her practice is now medical, her broad common-law experience means she continues to receive instructions in matters such as construction claims and contractual disputes.
Heather is the head of the Inquests team at 42 Bedford Row.
The majority of Heather’s coronial work involves inquests heard with juries; she is familiar with the particular issues arising in Article 2 inquests, being regularly instructed in inquests touching on deaths occurring within the secure estate. She also has experience in matters involving health and safety legislation, acting for families, companies, and local authorities.
Heather also regularly appears in non-jury inquests. She is instructed by families, NHS trusts, insurance companies and individual interested parties in inquests into, for example, road traffic accidents, care home deaths, and deaths in hospitals.