Briony Ballard

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Briony Ballard | Call 2000

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Briony undertakes clinical negligence actions on behalf of both claimants and defendants. She has particular experience in Fatal Accident Act claims, obstetric cases and claims under the Human Rights Act for damages for breach of Art 2. Briony’s work in this area overlaps with her expertise in inquest cases. She is well known for her calm and reassuring manner when meeting clients in difficult and sensitive situations.

Clinical Negligence & Healthcare

Briony is an Assistant Coroner for Inner London (South)

“Calm, measured, extremely knowledgeable and tactically very astute”
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experience & expertise

Briony has a broad experience of clinical negligence work in both the medical and dental professions. She has acted in a wide variety of cases in the High Court and county courts and regularly settles pleadings, drafts letters of claim / response and advises in writing and in conference. Cases in which Briony has acted include the legality of posthumous fertility treatment, peri – and post – operative care, nervous shock following the loss of a baby, failure to obtain consent to surgical procedures and the prescribing of addictive medication in exchange for sexual favours.

cases & work of note

  • Gloady v Ealing Hospital NHS Trust (2015):
    Failure to treat neonatal sepsis resulting in long term disabilities.
  • Spender v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (2015):
    Successfully in obtaining compensation in a still birth case.
  • Howieson v Hommerton University Hospital NHS Trust (2015):
    Successful in obtaining compensation in a delay in cancer diagnosis.
  • Seigle v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust:
    Succeeding in obtaining compensation for both Claimants who were secondary victims suffering from nervous shock following the death of wife / mother following a head injury.
  • Millanaise v. (1) South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and (2) London Borough of Lambeth:
    Successfully representing an NHS Trust in a claim under section 7(1) of the HRA 1998 alleging breaches of Arts 2 and 14 ECHR in the context of medical treatment.
  • Centre for Reproductive Medicine v. U [2002] Lloyds Rep Med 93 (Divisional Court):
    Legality of posthumous fertility treatment.