News and Views

We like to pass on our news, views on national news and information on our cases.
  • Another excellent rating for the Firm – Band 1 in Chambers & Partners! March 8, 2018 Posted in: News - I am delighted to announce that following on from our Tier 1 rating in Legal 500 (see article 01/11/2017) we have been again awarded the highest rating (Band 1) for excellence in clinical negligence work in the Teesside area. This rating is given by a prestigious guide to UK Lawyers entitled “Chambers & Partners” where Continue Reading
  • Bereavement Damages – a long overdue change on its way? December 12, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - There is a fixed amount of money that is awarded to certain close relatives when someone dies in an accident.  It applies to medical claims and other accidents when someone else is proved to be at fault.  The sum is fixed by Parliament and is currently £12,980 and is called a ‘bereavement award’.  It is Continue Reading
  • Legal 500 Tier 1 ranking – We’ve done it again!! November 1, 2017 Posted in: News - Armstrong Foulkes has proudly retained its Tier 1 ranking in The Legal 500 2017 database of lawyers and solicitors in the UK.  No other firm specialising or working in clinical negligence in the Teesside area has been awarded this accolade and as specialists in this field we are elated that this has come just after Continue Reading
  • Our 25th anniversary! October 9, 2017 Posted in: News - On 1 October 1992, Hilton Armstrong and Peter Foulkes set up Armstrong Foulkes, with their intention being to set up a firm of solicitors specialising in clinical negligence and personal injury.  At the time, there were no other firms in the area that specialised in clinical negligence and we were the first firm in Teesside Continue Reading
  • Fixing the amount of Costs in Clinical Negligence Claims August 31, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - Our solicitors and indeed the profession have awaited with some dread Lord Justice Jackson’s review of costs in civil matters which includes clinical negligence claims. It was suggested that there should be a fixed amount of costs allowed for claims up to a certain value, whether it is a contract dispute, a neighbour dispute or Continue Reading
  • Dan Richardson in the Red Bull Soapbox Race 2017 August 4, 2017 Posted in: News - For the second time in two years a team of my friends and I were lucky enough to take part in the Red Bull Soapbox race held at Alexandra Palace in London. Out of the over 4,000 teams that applied 70 were chosen to take part in the day. On the race weekend we lined Continue Reading
  • Will the General Election result affect your claim? July 3, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - The answer to this question is “No”.  You may think this is an irrelevant question and therefore pointless answer, but there is more to it than first seems.  I shall explain. Before the General Election the Government had made it clear that it was their intention to reduce the bill to the NHS arising out Continue Reading
  • Armstrong Foulkes raises money for local centre for the blind June 1, 2017 Posted in: News - We are pleased to announce that over the last year Armstrong Foulkes has raised over £950 for a local charity, Teesside and District Society for the Blind.  In addition to our “Trick or Treat Tombola” at Halloween and regular “dress down days” we’ve received significant contributions from staff, clients and friends of Armstrong Foulkes.  Centre Continue Reading
  • How to complain about the medical treatment you have received May 2, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - Many people contact us because they would like to complain about the medical treatment they have received but are unsure how to go about it.  Alternatively, they may not wish to complain but would like more information or answers to questions they have not had the opportunity of asking or have done so and have Continue Reading
  • Increase in the value of claims with future losses – An explanation for our clients April 3, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - There are several elements to calculating the right level of compensation. It is usually made up of awards for: Pain, suffering and loss of amenity Your injuries and their effect on you Financial expenses incurred. Anything you have bought or paid for as a direct result of the negligence, for example prescription or medication charges, Continue Reading
  • Surveillance and Fundamental Dishonesty April 4, 2018 Posted in: Views - Defendants in clinical negligence cases often challenge the claims we put forward on behalf of our clients, and in particular, assert that the injury has had a more minimal effect than we have alleged.  They can do this on the basis of their medical evidence (from the expert doctors they have instructed to assist them Continue Reading
  • Not all claims are against GPs or Hospitals February 14, 2018 Posted in: Views - When people think about “Medical Negligence” their minds typically jump to claims against the NHS or GP surgeries. While these types of claim are the most common they are not the only claims that we handle and we often bring claims against less obvious defendants. I’ve set out a few lesser known potential defendants below: Continue Reading
  • Bereavement Damages – a long overdue change on its way? December 12, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - There is a fixed amount of money that is awarded to certain close relatives when someone dies in an accident.  It applies to medical claims and other accidents when someone else is proved to be at fault.  The sum is fixed by Parliament and is currently £12,980 and is called a ‘bereavement award’.  It is Continue Reading
  • Fixing the amount of Costs in Clinical Negligence Claims August 31, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - Our solicitors and indeed the profession have awaited with some dread Lord Justice Jackson’s review of costs in civil matters which includes clinical negligence claims. It was suggested that there should be a fixed amount of costs allowed for claims up to a certain value, whether it is a contract dispute, a neighbour dispute or Continue Reading
  • Will the General Election result affect your claim? July 3, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - The answer to this question is “No”.  You may think this is an irrelevant question and therefore pointless answer, but there is more to it than first seems.  I shall explain. Before the General Election the Government had made it clear that it was their intention to reduce the bill to the NHS arising out Continue Reading
  • How to complain about the medical treatment you have received May 2, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - Many people contact us because they would like to complain about the medical treatment they have received but are unsure how to go about it.  Alternatively, they may not wish to complain but would like more information or answers to questions they have not had the opportunity of asking or have done so and have Continue Reading
  • Increase in the value of claims with future losses – An explanation for our clients April 3, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - There are several elements to calculating the right level of compensation. It is usually made up of awards for: Pain, suffering and loss of amenity Your injuries and their effect on you Financial expenses incurred. Anything you have bought or paid for as a direct result of the negligence, for example prescription or medication charges, Continue Reading
  • Your rights to access medical records March 1, 2017 Posted in: News, Views - As part of a clinical negligence claim we often obtain copies of medical records during our initial investigations. Many people, however, come to us for advice on obtaining their medical records independently and this article will provide some guidance as to how this can be done. There are two acts under which medical records can Continue Reading
  • Difficulties facing Claimants September 1, 2016 Posted in: Views - Clinical negligence claims are receiving increasing attention by the government.  Claimants and their solicitors are being criticised for the perceived disproportionality between the amount of compensation the Claimant recovers and the legal costs which have to be spent in order to get that compensation. In an attempt to keep Claimants’ costs to a minimum, in Continue Reading
  • Pressure sores are avoidable August 1, 2016 Posted in: Views - Generally, yes.  Put simply the Department of Health says if you cannot answer yes to the question “Was everything done in order to prevent the sore?” then you cannot say that the sore was unavoidable. Pressures sores and pressure ulcers can develop in the home or in hospital and will generally always be tended to Continue Reading