Heidi Knight

Call 2001

Overview

Heidi has a thriving clinical negligence practice encompassing a broad spectrum of medical issues with a particular interest in cases involving informed consent, obstetrics and orthopaedic surgery. She is a junior of choice in high value claims and, although primarily instructed on behalf of claimants due to her highly regarded client care skills, she is also instructed by defence organisations.

Clinical Negligence & Healthcare

Heidi is a member of the Birth 2 UK faculty

“Heidi is intellectually top-notch but has the ability to relate to clients, who immediately warm to her and trust that she will fight their corner.”
Chambers & Partners

Experience & expertise

Heidi has a particular interest in all aspects of medical and product liability law. From the start of her career she specialised in personal injury law, which gave her an in-depth knowledge of the medical sector. Heidi’s involvement in numerous class actions has enabled her to expand her knowledge, both legal and medical, above and beyond her years in light of her exposure to a significant number of expert disciplines and complex causation evidence.

Heidi is instructed in a large number of clinical negligence cases encompassing a broad spectrum of medical issues, including orthopaedics, obstetrics, psychiatry, microbiology and cosmetic surgery. Heidi regularly settles pleadings, drafts letters of claim / response and advises in writing and in conference.

Heidi undertakes work that is publicly funded and is happy to take instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases.

cases & work of note

  • Hamlyn Reid v Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust
    Complex claim concerning a shoulder resurfacing operation.
  • Shannon Smith (Deceased) v Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
    A FAA claim arising from the death of a 15 year old asthmatic.
  • Bidmead v (1) Sinha (2) Nicholls
    Case concerning an alleged delay in the diagnosis of prostate cancer
  • Salt v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
    A High Court case involving the alleged negligent performance of gastric band surgery and a subsequent delay in the removal of the gastric band due to a post-surgical protracted gastric port site infection.
  • Keith Brookes v (1) Dr Subbannan Sukumar (2) Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
    Case involving an alleged failure to diagnose foot drop despite numerous GP attendances and attendance with a physio at hospital.

recommendations

“Takes a sensible and pragmatic approach to cases and provides excellent practical advice.”
Chambers & Partners

‘Her meticulous pleadings that cover every detail of the case.’
The Legal 500

“She is ferociously clever and on top of all the details. She’s very good at engaging and empathising with clients.”
Chambers & Partners

“She gives detailed and practical advice, and is formidable in court.”
The Legal 500

“She left no stone unturned in getting the case going.” 
Chambers & Partners 

“A fantastic advocate with excellent client care and forensic skills.”
The Legal 500

“Very, very good. A workaholic, willing to put in a shift and do a lot. She’s very popular with solicitors and rightly so. She’s very sharp, she won’t miss a trick and she goes above and beyond in her preparation.”
Chambers & Partners

“Her medical knowledge is excellent. She’s seen a great number of these cases and has a lot of confidence.” “We are very impressed with her accessibility and her attention to detail.”
Chambers & Partners

“Has an expanding product liability practice alongside a strong clinical negligence workload. She is particularly well liked for her charming manner with clients and has recently started receiving instructions to appear unled in important cases. She’s an extremely helpful, very intelligent barrister with a keen interest in product liability in all its forms. An excellent team player, she’s an absolute trooper.” 
Chambers & Partners

“She has great forensic skills combined with a truly sympathetic approach to clients.”
The Legal 500

“A very intelligent barrister with a keen interest in product liability.”
The Legal 500

“Very bright Heidi Knight at 3 Serjeants’ Inn recently acted in the Fetal Anti-Convulsant litigation.”
The Legal 500 

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