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.
She has built on that experience during her time at 42 Bedford Row, where she has a busy court practice and regularly advises on paper and in conference across the range of her practice areas.
Heather has considerable experience of conducting detailed analysis of extensive papers and has particular interest in complex medical matters.
Heather’s personal injury practice encompasses a broad range of claims, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, and public liability matters, as well as fatal accidents. She has a busy court practice, appearing in fast-track and multi-track trials and interim hearings on a very regular basis.
She has developed particular experience in dealing with matters where fundamental dishonesty and/or fraud is raised and is regularly instructed to advise in these matters in addition to her court work.
Away from the court room, Heather is frequently instructed to advise in conference and on paper in respect of quantum and liability in high-value claims, and particularly enjoys the forensic analysis of high volumes of information. She is also instructed in joint settlement meetings, and has acted, without a leader, in several cases valued more than £1m.
Heather is happy to consider accepting instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate.
The majority of Heather’s clinical negligence practice sees her acting on behalf of defendants (both in the public and private sector), although she also acts for claimants (including on a CFA where appropriate). She particularly enjoys dealing with matters concerning complex medical issues, and has been instructed in respect of a wide range of alleged breaches of duty including surgical negligence, failure to diagnose, and consent issues.
She has particular experience in dealing with cases concerning cosmetic surgery and the specific issues that arise in such cases regarding patient expectations and consent.