Instructing Kate Lumbers

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Kate Lumbers is an experienced advocate who is recommended by the legal directories as a leading junior in the field of clinical negligence.

She also has a successful personal injury practice acting in high value and complex claims.

Legal Expertise

Clinical Negligence

Kate is listed as a leading junior for her clinical negligence work in the Legal 500. She has been instructed by Claimants in cases involving, amongst other things, delayed diagnosis (of, for example, anorectal malformation, antiphospholipid syndrome and spinal fracture), intrapartum asphyxia, negligent dental treatment and surgical injury. Kate also has experience of claims arising out of negligent nursing care (causing pressure sores, falls and extravasation injury) as well as negligence by GPs.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases

B v Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust

The Claimant alleged that the Defendant had negligently delayed diagnosing her condition of bilateral angle closure glaucoma for some four days. During this time the Claimant’s sight deteriorated to the extent that her visual acuity was limited to the perception of light only. Over the course of the next 18 months she recovered some of her sight but continued to suffer ongoing visual impairment. The Defendant admitted liability and after some negotiation substantial damages were agreed.

M v Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

The Claimant alleged that delayed diagnosis of a meningioma caused her to develop epilepsy. The Defendant admitted breach of duty, but denied causation. Settlement was reached not long before trial.

B, M & W v Luton & Dunstable NHS Trust

Settlement of claims arising out of failures in infection control measures at the Defendant’s paediatric intensive care unit. The Claimants were severely premature babies who contracted ESBL E-coli whilst staying at the PICU.

L v Royal Berkshire NHS Trust

The Defendant admitted negligence in failing to expedite the delivery of a second twin and settled the parents’ claim.

Inquests & Inquiries

Kate acts for bereaved families at inquests, where her substantial advocacy experience is an advantage. Recently she has been involved in inquests which have raised a range of alleged failings by GPs, trusts, and care homes, including delayed diagnosis of diabetes, wrongful administration of medication to which the deceased had an allergy, a failed appendicectomy and negligent colorectal surgery.

Kate has experience in Art. 2 and jury inquests. She recently acted for the family in a two week inquest that examined the care provided to the deceased, who took his own life whilst an informal inpatient on a psychiatric ward. The jury concluded that “a combination of short-comings in his care…contributed to his opportunity to carry out this act”.

Personal Injury

Kate acts for both claimants and defendants in all aspects of personal injury law. She is experienced in cases of personal injury arising out of historic sexual abuse, road traffic accidents, workplace accidents and failures to maintain the highway. She is also experienced in CICA claims. Her extensive trial experience means that she is skilled in the cross-examination of expert witnesses, including medical experts, scientists and engineers.

Notable Personal Injury cases

HB (as administrator of the estate of CB) v T

Acted for the Claimant in this fatal accidents claim against the deceased’s employer. The deceased had a young family and the claim involved a significant sum for loss of dependency.

W v SS & O & T

Acted for the Claimant who had been involved in an accident at work. This was a high value claim involving multiple defendants in which there were complex causation issues.


Advised and represented the Applicant who had suffered a severe head injury in an RTA. She recovered over £750,000 in loss of earnings, care and tariff award (2001 Scheme).

D, S, J & S v CICA

Advised and represented four young brothers in respect of appeals of awards made pursuant to the 2001 CICA Scheme for childhood abuse by their parents. The case involved complex psychological and psychiatric evidence as well as claims for loss of earnings.

Instructing Kate Lumbers

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