News and Views

We like to pass on our news, views on national news and information on our cases.
  • The First 100 Years Project – a History of Women in Law August 1, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - I recently had the pleasure of hearing about this project in a talk to a packed conference from an inspiring lady Dana Denis-Smith, creator of the project. She explained that the hope is this endeavour will record in both writing and a video library the experiences of women in the legal profession since they were Continue Reading
  • Government now picking up the tab for GP errors July 9, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - Historically, GPs and any staff in general practice, including nurses, needed to arrange their own personal indemnity cover with a medical defence organisation in order to indemnify them in claims against them for medical negligence.  This would be in a similar way to you or I arranging insurance cover against loss or damage caused by Continue Reading
  • Success Rates when you sue the NHS June 3, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - The latest NHS Annual Report provides some interesting facts that don’t always make it into the mainstream media.  For example: The number of claims made in 2018 was just over 10,000, down from 12,000 in 2013. Only 54% of claims made result in the payment of compensation. 40% of successful claims are worth under £25,000. Continue Reading
  • Best Medical Claims Law Firm – Northern UK & Leading Specialist in Clinical Negligence Law 2019 May 1, 2019 Posted in: News - I am delighted to announce that we have achieved another award recognising our achievements and specialism in Clinical Negligence in the North East of England. Armstrong Foulkes LLP were successful in being named the “Best Medical Claims Law Firm - Northern UK & Leading Specialist in Clinical Negligence Law 2019” in the inaugural SME Legal Continue Reading
  • Lexcel Award – excellence in Legal Practice Management and Client Care April 1, 2019 Posted in: News - We are delighted to announce that following re-assessment in February 2019 our firm were awarded again the Lexcel Award for meeting a high quality of standards in practice management and client care. The Award is made by the Law Society of England & Wales if a firm can demonstrate excellence in the ways they manage Continue Reading
  • The Legal 500 UK 2019 awards February 6, 2019 Posted in: News - We were delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious national award.  We didn’t win it but managed to get down to the final 8 firms in the country! The category we were in was: Insurance: Individual: outside of London of the year - Hilton Armstrong According to Legal 500 “Over many months of thorough Continue Reading
  • Favourable changes in claims for surrogacy January 11, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - As a firm we have previously acted for clients who have lost the ability to conceive and carry a child naturally as a result of medical negligence.  Until very recently our hands have been tied as to what our clients could claim for.  We have been able to recover as compensation the costs of IVF Continue Reading
  • CHRISTMAS CLOSING DATES December 10, 2018 Posted in: News - Please note that the office will close for Christmas at 11am on Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.
  • Top rankings again for Armstrong Foulkes LLP! December 6, 2018 Posted in: News - We are delighted that once again, we have received the top ranking in 2 prestigious guides to UK solicitors; Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.  These rankings, which we have held for many years, are reviewed each year following interviews from clients and legal professionals with whom we work. We are the only firm Continue Reading
  • Hospitals are responsible for the advice given by receptionists! – Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust November 1, 2018 Posted in: News - The Supreme Court have this month ruled that incorrect information on waiting times at A&E given by a  receptionist at the Mayday Hospital, Croydon resulting in permanent brain damage could be considered negligent. The Court decided that it justified an award of compensation in the same way as incorrect doctor’s advice or treatment would. Mr Continue Reading
  • The First 100 Years Project – a History of Women in Law August 1, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - I recently had the pleasure of hearing about this project in a talk to a packed conference from an inspiring lady Dana Denis-Smith, creator of the project. She explained that the hope is this endeavour will record in both writing and a video library the experiences of women in the legal profession since they were Continue Reading
  • Government now picking up the tab for GP errors July 9, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - Historically, GPs and any staff in general practice, including nurses, needed to arrange their own personal indemnity cover with a medical defence organisation in order to indemnify them in claims against them for medical negligence.  This would be in a similar way to you or I arranging insurance cover against loss or damage caused by Continue Reading
  • Success Rates when you sue the NHS June 3, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - The latest NHS Annual Report provides some interesting facts that don’t always make it into the mainstream media.  For example: The number of claims made in 2018 was just over 10,000, down from 12,000 in 2013. Only 54% of claims made result in the payment of compensation. 40% of successful claims are worth under £25,000. Continue Reading
  • LIMITED TIME TO CLAIM- DON’T DELAY IN SEEKING ADVICE April 1, 2019 Posted in: Views - A lot of people are aware, mainly from television and radio advertisements, that you have 3 years to bring a personal injury/clinical negligence claim.  This is what is known as the limitation period.  If you do not start court proceedings within 3 years of the allegedly negligent treatment, or within 3 years of when you Continue Reading
  • Favourable changes in claims for surrogacy January 11, 2019 Posted in: News, Views - As a firm we have previously acted for clients who have lost the ability to conceive and carry a child naturally as a result of medical negligence.  Until very recently our hands have been tied as to what our clients could claim for.  We have been able to recover as compensation the costs of IVF Continue Reading
  • Second Opinions – how to get them October 4, 2018 Posted in: Views - A lot of what Doctors and lawyers tell you is their opinion and not necessarily factual.  As professionals we need to exercise our judgment based on our experience.  Often what we say is not what you want to hear, but it is our job to tell it as we see it. So, for example your Continue Reading
  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) June 1, 2018 Posted in: News, Views - To run a case Lawyers collect and process a lot of information on clients including some personal data e.g. date of birth, email address, national insurance number, passport or driving licence number etc.  We also share this data with others e.g. experts we instruct, the Barrister on the case, the Defendants solicitors etc.  We have Continue Reading
  • The problems for and with Junior Doctors May 8, 2018 Posted in: News, Views - The title “Junior doctor” can relate to someone just out of medical school or someone who is as much as 5 years out of medical school. In many hospitals across the UK you will find very junior doctors covering hospitals, particularly at night, with very little support however the responsibility for clinical decisions will still 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