Paula has a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years in law. During her career she practised in many areas of civil litigation before specialising in personal injury and subsequently medical negligence law. Paula is a Managing Associate in the firm’s Bristol office having joined in 2000.
Paula advises clients on a wide range of medical negligence claims including those relating to negligent surgery, delay in diagnosis and mismanagement of cancer and failure to diagnose cauda equine syndrome, and has a particular specialism in claims involving injury or negligent treatment of the eye. Paula has developed strong procedural and technical abilities throughout her 30 years as a qualified FCILEX lawyer, supporting junior lawyers throughout that time in their development and technical ability. She is an experienced Litigator with a strong reputation and proven track record within both the Claimant and Defendant fields, as well as in her specialist area of medical negligence practice.
Paula is a founding member and Administrator of The Brain Injury Café, a social support group in Bristol for those suffering congenital or acquired brain injury, and aregular contributor to the Education and Employers support programme Inspiring the Future initiative.
“Client care is always at the forefront of my mind. I believe it is imperative that the client feels they are in a safe pair of hands from the outset, particularly because I appreciate these claims can be an emotional roller coaster.”
Professional associations and memberships
- Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
What you may not know about Paula
Paula has a keen interest in all manner of outdoor pursuits including cycling, walking and camping, not to mention early morning gym and yoga sessions. She also enjoys motorcycle touring. She is an avid supporter of the Anaphylaxis Campaign in their work to raise awareness of severe allergies, from which her youngest child suffers.
My matter highlights
- In the last year brought three complex litigated claims to fruition, securing damage awards in each case in excess of those anticipated by specialist Counsel, including:
- Damages award in excess of £160,000 in relation to a claim against Opticians for failure to diagnose and appropriately treat glaucoma.
- Damages of £145,000 achieved for our client’s claim against a hospital Trust for delay in diagnosis of his prostate cancer.
- Successfully negotiating settlement in a complex case involving late diagnosis and treatment of ameloblastoma.
- An evidentially challenging claim involving a failure to diagnose a detached retina, leading to significant visual difficulties for which damages were achieved in excess of £100,000.
- £90,000 award obtained for a gentleman following negligent abdominal surgery.
My recent publications
Insights / Cauda Equina Syndrome Misdiagnosis - Spinal Injuries Awareness Month
Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a rare condition that can have devastating consequences for the sufferer if not diagnosed and treated quickly.