Clinical Negligence Lawyer

ACS are looking for a Clinical Negligence Lawyer on behalf of our client for their Liverpool based firm of solicitors.

Duties will include, but not be limited to,

  • To risk assess claims coming into the Medical Negligence Department
  • To look for winners in those case & set out the ‘roadmap’ of case direction, to include, but not limited to-
    • Indicate which medical speciality to instruct
    • Indicate what they are to report upon eg. breach or causation or breach & causation
    • Indicate succinct but clear parameters for the expert to report on & specific questions to be raised where necessary
    • Specify which questions are to be put to which experts
    • Specify whether full or screening reports are required
    • Review and consider the sufficiently of the light pagination   (LP) generated by clinical paginator colleagues & external partners
  • Identifying at the earliest appropriate moment the need to prepare & send a letter of claim (LOC) & thereafter (but not limited to)
    • Set out in the RA the allegations of negligence to be put forward
    • Review & propose amendments to the draft LOC within 48 hours
  • To identify on risk assessments (RA) the relevant date of knowledge, record this in the case plan and record the reasons why the limitation period has been set to the date.
  • Ensure correct & sufficient records have been obtained & give instructing in relation to any missing documents or in relation to inadequate LP’s
  • Identify potential capacity & testatory issues & any other matters that might affect the business’s risk profile
  • Advise on medical & legal issues & support junior colleagues whilst not engaging in the activities to be delegated
  • Maintain an ongoing review of limitation throughout the lifespan of the claim.
  • To identify the correct defendants & record on the RA. Maintain an ongoing watching brief in relation to the correct identification of defendants
  • Professionally & discreetly raise any training & cultural issues with the Medical Negligence Manager
  • Ensure limitation dates are identified & adequately prepared for in good time
  • Advise on tactics in relation on litigation, applications (including but not limited to PAD applications) & commercial settlements thereafter.
  • Maintain an eye to appropriate WIP generation & the avoidance of non-progressive & hence potentially unrecoverable WIP
  • Avoid by means of commercial tactical planning unrecoverable & excessive disbursements
  • Management of own case load from second Risk Assessment onwards providing direction to junior colleagues & answering queries raised by junior colleagues within 24 hours
  • Refer to the COLP areas of specific or general risk are identified at any time, which need to be considered or addressed.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Experience of handling medical negligence claims
  • Previous supervisory or management experience
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Commercial perspective

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Experience of handling medical negligence claims
  • Previous supervisory or management experience
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Commercial perspective

For more information on this role, please contact stephanie@acs-recruitment.co.uk