Former nurse turned expert lawyer hired by high profile medical negligence team

Former nurse turned expert lawyer hired by high profile medical negligence team

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Author: Kellie Young

National law firm Shoosmiths Access Legal has expanded its medical negligence team in Birmingham with the hire of senior associate, Victoria Blankstone.

Victoria Blankstone
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Victoria Blankstone

Victoria qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and joins from Irwin Mitchell on 1 June. Before studying law and qualifying as a solicitor Victoria was a theatre nurse. With an in-depth knowledge of both the NHS and private healthcare system, she has a broad range of legal experience involving claims in all areas of medicine and nursing. She is a Law Society accredited panel member in the field of clinical negligence with extensive experience in multiparty claims, fatal injury and inquests. In addition to dealing with complex claims involving neurological injury, Victoria has a special interest in cancer cases and has taken a lead on the widely publicised Ian Paterson breast cancer litigation.

Victoria has also gained valuable experience in administrative law having previously forced an inquest by way of the judicial review process and a successful appeal to the Department of Justice [in the case of R-v- HM Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull Ex-parte Bicknell 2008]. Legal directory, Chambers and Partners has previously said of Victoria that '[She] works really hard for her clients and impresses her peers with her work on interesting, complex and difficult cases'.

Phil Barnes, medical negligence partner at Shoosmiths Access Legal, said: 'We are thrilled that Victoria is joining the team at Access Legal. Victoria's knowledge and expertise in this highly specialised area and her dedication to delivering excellent client service will undoubtedly enhance our already strong and experienced team.'

Victoria said of her appointment: 'Shoosmiths Access Legal is renowned for always putting the client first and for its exceptional legal expertise in medical negligence. The team are high performers and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients. I am very excited to be joining and becoming a part of such an experienced and dedicated team of solicitors.'