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Julian Wilson has been a Clinical Negligence solicitor for over 25 years. He trained at the Inns of Court Law School, qualifying as a barrister in 1975, before going on to Cambridge to gain his Law Degree in 1978. He qualified as a solicitor in 1981, joining Thompson Smith and Puxon the same year. He became a Partner in the firm and Head of the Litigation team in 1985, a position that he held until very recently (2014) when he handed the reins over to Steve Webb. Under Julian’s stewardship the team has grown significantly and is now a thriving team of some 20 people dealing with Personal Injury work, Individual and Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Clinical Negligence.
Julian works on cases that cover all aspects of Clinical Negligence but in particular has worked on a number of high value birth injury and Cerebral Palsy claims. He says “one aspect of being a Clinical Negligence solicitor that I feel I am particularly suited to is delving through the very detailed medical issues that a matter almost always brings to find the forensic evidence that can be used to build a strong case for our client.”
“When a client first comes to us they very often feel badly used or unfairly dealt with by the system. One of the most rewarding things for me in dealing with them is to listen to what has happened to them, explain to them some of the difficult issues they may face and then to go on to guide them through the process of pursuing a claim.”
Julian has worked on a number of notable cases. Earlier in his career (1991) he was the solicitor acting for Mr Corbett in Corbett V Barking, Havering and the Brentwood Health Authority. This was a case which went to the Court of Appeal and set a precedent for the calculation of compensation when there has been a significant delay in bringing a claim. The case dealt with a child, then aged 11, claiming damages for the loss of support of his mother who had died two weeks after his birth as a result of medical negligence.
In 1998 Julian acted for Mr Barrett in Barrett v Enfield London Borough Council. This was a landmark case which went to the House of Lords and changed the law – establishing that children who have been taken into care were owed a duty of care by the local authority. This is a case which most law students are required to learn about when studying for their degrees.
More recently Julian worked to provide a more secure financial future for Kyle Burch and his family. Kyle was starved of oxygen at birth after his delivery was delayed by nearly five hours, resulting in severe quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy and partial blindness and deafness. Colchester Hospital accepted 80% liability in the claim and the settlement was approved in the High Court on 4 June 2009. Kyle was awarded a lump sum payment of several million together with periodical payments.
Julian is a member of Law Society’s Clinical Negligence panel and an accredited Clinical Negligence specialist. He is also a member of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) referral panel. Julian, who also has considerable experience dealing with Personal Injury claims, is accredited as a Senior Litigator with APIL, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
The TSP Clinical Negligence team has been highlighted as a Leading Firm by the Legal 500 for a number of years now and Julian is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.
In 2017 the Legal 500 said “Thompson Smith and Puxon’s clinical negligence team is recommended for its ‘commitment, personal service and relationships with clients’, with the individual lawyers providing conditional fee arrangements and being ‘insightful, prompt, responsive, clear and highly organised’. Cases handled span neonatal, psychiatric and orthopaedic claims involving both children and adults. Colchester-based Julian Wilson leads the practice and focuses on birth injuries and cerebral palsy cases, while Steve Webb, whose ‘strength is his ability to explain difficult legal issues in simple terms’, undertakes brain injury work. Also recommended is the ‘professional, polite and knowledgeable’ associate solicitor Clare Sheeran, who has a particular specialisation in matters involving female cancer patients and birth injuries.
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