Barrister Kirsty Lea

Kirsty Lea

Year of call: 2014  

Overview


Kirsty is a civil practitioner, whose areas of practice include clinical negligence, inquests and personal injury. She is regularly instructed as an advocate in the High Court, County Court and Coroner’s Courts across England and Wales. She has extensive experience in acting in all of these areas in her own right.

Kirsty joined 7BR after successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Richard Baker (Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests), Gareth Weetman (Crime and Personal Injury) and Brendan Roche (Child and Family). After 2 years of maintaining a mixed practice and gaining considerable advocacy experience, she opted to specialise in civil matters.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Kirsty completed the Bar Professional Training Course at Kaplan Law School, having graduated from Oxford University with a first class law degree.

Kirsty has received numerous awards for academic and legal excellence, including top scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn and prizes for ranking highest at Oxford University and best in the country.

Scholarships & Prizes

  • Sunley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, Pupillage Award)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, BPTC Award)
  • Hardwicke Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Gluckstein Scholarship (Lincoln College, Oxford University)
  • Oldfield Exhibitioner (Lincoln College, Oxford University)
  • Sweet & Maxwell Prize (Best in Year, Oxford University: Law Moderations)
  • AQA English Language Award (Best in Country: A’ Levels)
Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence


Kirsty has extensive experience acting for Claimants in matters of clinical negligence. Recent instructions include claims against NHS Trusts, General Practitioners and Dentists.

Specifically, her recent advisory work includes:

  • Advising regarding quantum in relation to a case of Retained Products of Conception (‘RPOC’);
  • Advising regarding prospects of success in relation to various alleged failures at birth;
  • Advising regarding quantum in relation to making a timely diagnosis of endopthalmitis, resulting in the loss of an eye; and
  • Advising regarding prospects of success in relation to alleged failures to appropriately manage the Claimant’s Warfarin regime.

Kirsty has a meticulous and precise approach to pleadings, and frequently advises in respect of all aspects of clinical negligence claims, including: liability, merits, causation, quantum and evidence. She also regularly advises in conference with experts.

In addition, Kirsty has considerable inquest experience. Having represented bereaved families in complex inquests and subsequent claims pursuant to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934, she is acutely aware of the particular challenges and sensitivities of such tribunals.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury


Kirsty’s personal injury practice goes hand in hand with her clinical negligence practice.

Kirsty maintains a broad personal injury practice. She accepts instructions to represent both Claimants and Defendants at all levels of proceedings, utilising her hands on experience of all aspects of a claim, including: liability, causation, quantum and drafting pleadings.

Kirsty is regularly instructed to attend interim applications, case management conferences and trials. She has considerable experience in dealing with both Fast Track and Multi-Track matters. She has also successfully represented Claimants confronted with allegations of fraud.

Her work regularly includes occupier’s liability claims, employer’s liability claims, road traffic collision claims, Highways Act claims, and claims arising from fatal accidents.

 

Inquests & Inquiries

Inquests & Inquiries


Kirsty has considerable inquest experience and accepts instructions on behalf of all parties concerned.

Having represented bereaved families in complex inquests and subsequent claims pursuant to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934, she is acutely aware of the particular challenges and sensitivities of such tribunals.

Kirsty’s inquest experience spans a range of matters, including treatment provided to a voluntary psychiatric patient, where the Coroner summoned a jury.


How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email.

Privacy Notice


Kirsty is committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of individuals. In order to provide legal services, including advice and representation services, Kirsty needs to process personal data. This will include client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the course of any matter upon which she is instructed.

Kirsty will process personal data in accordance with her Privacy Policy.

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