Abigail specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury and inquests. She represents both Claimants and Defendants. Her work is exclusively Multi-Track or issued in the High Court. She is widely acknowledged as a Leading Junior in her field, evidenced by consistent recommendations in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK since 2013. Solicitors comment favourably on her pragmatic and client friendly approach together with her attention to detail and ability to understand complex medical issues.
Chambers UK 2019 - Clinical Negligence - Leading Junior - Band 2
'Recognised for her capabilities in fatal accident cases and inquests stemming from psychiatric care and failure to diagnose. She primarily acts for claimants. She offers expertise in a wide range of clinical negligence matters, including birth injuries and substandard cosmetic procedures, as well as dental and nursing negligence. "She is warm, compassionate, and thorough in all of the work that she does. She is very approachable and easily accessible, and produces work of a very high standard." "She is a focused and meticulous worker and her demeanour with clients is empathetic, patient and kind."
Chambers UK 2018 - Clinical Negligence - Leading Junior - Band 2
'Recognised for her capabilities in fatal accident cases and inquests stemming from negligent surgery, psychiatric care and failure to diagnose. She primarily acts for Claimants. "She is very good with schedules and at managing client's expectations". "She is very quick, to the point and thorough in all aspects of her work". "She was very good with the client in terms of appreciating the sensitive nature of the matter."'
Legal 500 2017 - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
"She gets to the crux of cases".
Chambers UK 2017 - Clinical Negligence - Leading Junior - Band 2
"Receives great acclaim for her ability to handle complicated matters. She acts on a wide range of high-value cases, often concerning surgical negligence, delayed diagnosis as well as inquests arising from psychiatric injuries and negligent care. "'She's able to grasp the intricacies of medical negligence cases quickly and hold her own in detailed expert discussions." "A very stable and secure pair of hands.'"
Chambers UK 2017 - Personal Injury - Leading Junior - Band 3
"Wide-ranging expertise covering public liability, employers' liability, industrial disease, RTAs and fatal accident claims. She assists both claimants and defendants. 'Very good with clients.'"
Legal 500 2016
'Knowledgeable and easy to work with'
Chambers UK 2016 - Clinical Negligence - Leading Junior - Band 2
Maintains a practice encompassing clinical negligence, inquest and personal injury matters. She is experienced in dealing with high-value claims addressing issues including surgical negligence, cosmetic procedures and psychiatric problems. Her inquest experience particularly focuses on proceedings investigating fatal events that may have breached the right to life under Article 2 ECHR.
Strengths: "She is able to grasp the intricacies of medical negligence cases quickly and hold her own in detailed expert discussions. Recommended for inquest work and subsequent civil proceedings." "She is very good in conference and is very good at managing experts."
Chambers UK 2016 - Personal Injury - Leading Junior - Band 3
Acts for claimants and defendants on a wide range of personal injury matters, including employers' liability, RTA's and industrial disease cases. Sources highlight her client-friendly approach and her attention to detail.
Strengths: "You often find barristers are either very good at paperwork, or very good on their feet in court, but she's usually good at both." "She's a barrister you can pick up the phone and speak to; she's always very quick to respond."
Legal 500 2015 - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
'Vastly experienced in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence'.
Chambers UK 2015 - Clinical Negligence - Leading Junior - Band 2
Handles a range of clinical negligence work, including cases of a surgical and psychiatric nature. Solicitors praise her pragmatic and client-friendly approach to complex and high-value cases.
Expertise: "She is excellent; a competitive advocate whose attention to detail is second to none, she is personable and flexible, able to ease her client through the trial process."
Abigail is vastly experienced in this field. She is tactically aware and very familiar with the procedural regime having dealt with numerous cases involving issues such as non disclosure of records, non service of a claim form, limitation arguments, applications to resile from admissions and mediation. Cases include those arising out of:
Abigail's cases range from those injuries arising out of road traffic accidents and accidents at work to fatal accidents and accidents abroad.
She also co-editor of the Occupier's Liability and Defective Premises Chapter of APIL Personal Injury, Law Practice and Precedents. She has dealt with a number of CICA cases including those arising out of assaults resulting in brain injury and maximum or near maximum CICA awards. Her cases include those resulting in serious orthopaedic injuries or moderate brain injury.
Abigail is also frequently instructed on cases in which medical causation has been complex such as where the Claimant has developed additional complications or life threatening conditions during the course of the litigation and cases in which pre and post-accident drug use or behavioural difficulties have compounded the disabilities suffered. She has acted in cases involving injuries resulting in fibromyalgia, CRPS, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and somatoform disorder together with those involving allegations of fraud or exaggeration including those in which damaging surveillance evidence has been obtained.
Abigail regularly represents bereaved families and employers at inquests arising out of accidents at work and road traffic accidents. She has also acted in a number of cases involving deaths in custody, hospitals or care homes including those where the deceased was either under Section, subject to deprivation of liberty safeguards, or where there was evidence of systemic failings. She has experience of a number of cases involving the suicide of patients who were or should have been under the care of the mental health team together with cases resulting in a verdict of neglect.
She is very familiar with inquest procedure, including those engaging Article 2 ECHR or requiring a jury, and is praised for her ability to deal with issues raised in a sensitive manner. Chambers UK  commented, 'Her inquest experience particularly focuses on proceedings investigating fatal events that may have breached the Right of Life under Article 2 ECHR... Recommended for inquest work and subsequent civil proceedings.'