Deirdre Goodwin specialises in complex clinical negligence and catastrophic personal injury. She has a well-earned reputation as an experienced and skilled advocate who is “approachable and gets on well with clients” with “a terrific grasp of the law” (Chambers & Partners 2014) supported by “a strong grasp of medicine” (Chambers & Partners 2010). She has been listed in 2015 Chambers Directory as a Leader in her field for the ninth consecutive year, noting her “particular skill in obstetric and perinatal asphyxia brain injury claims”.
Deirdre has been involved in a number of important developments including the early use of structured settlements, acting for the plaintiff in the first personal injury claim where damages exceeded £1 million, and as lead junior counsel in Bolitho.
She is “a fierce advocate who really fights for her clients” (Chambers & Partners 2008) and has acted for both claimants and defendants in a large number of cases where damages have exceeded £6 million, many including periodical payments. She is also recommended for “her efficiency with paperwork, her rapport with experts and her ‘user-friendly’ attitude” (Chambers & Partners 2013)
Deirdre has the ability quickly to distil the diverse issues in challenging cases with a keen intuition for an opponent’s position. She is considered a “very able, conscientious and meticulous operator” (Chambers & Partners 2011) who is “extremely thorough and effective” (Chambers & Partners 2014).
Deirdre contributed to the 1st and 2nd editions of the PIBA Personal Injury Handbook and has written articles for the Personal Injury Law Journal, including an article entitled Interim Payments: Room for rent.
An experienced clinical negligence practitioner with a flair for pursuing claims concerning obstetrics and catastrophic injuries, among other matters.
Recently referred to in Chambers and Partners 2016 as “amazingly supportive and knowledgeable. Her mastery of clinical negligence is second to none. She knows what questions to put to medical experts and how to evaluate their evidence.”
Deirdre is regularly instructed in cases arising from severe perinatal asphyxial brain damage, pre-natal diagnostics, Erb’s palsy, paediatric neurological injury, major neurosurgical and orthopaedic iatrogenic injury and delayed diagnosis of cancer and meningitis. Her experience encompasses specialist knowledge in mental capacity matters including interaction with Local Authority claims for recoupment of statutory payments for care and accommodation provision to children and protected parties.
She has been Visiting Counsel to the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority and lectured on medical law and ethics, clinical negligence & catastrophic injury claims to lawyers and health professionals.
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Deirdre has lectured extensively on medical ethics to health bodies including Advanced General Practitioner Trainer Courses. Topics have included death certification post Shipman; withdrawal of nutrition and hydration; neonatal euthanasia and the interaction of the Human Rights Act with Healthcare Law. Lectures include a neonatal training day for the South London Neonatal Group and facilitation of a neonatal case study debate.
Deirdre’s experience extends to all areas of personal injury practice where she acts both for claimants and defendants. Her focus is on catastrophic injury claims arising from head and spinal trauma, multiple injury cases and high value Fatal Accident Act claims.
Deirdre also acts for Claimants and Defendants in as industrial accident and disease cases; in particular mesothelioma claims.
Deirdre was counsel in Harrop (1988), the first PI claim to exceed £1 million, including breaking new ground in recovering sums for parents’ loss of income and costs of retaining a team of professional head-hunters to recruit a multi-disciplinary care team;
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