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 to have a legal aid contract for clinical negligence and the only one to have such a contract for many years.
Peter retired on 1 October 2013 when Joanne Davies and Ashleigh Holt became partners and Armstrong Foulkes became Armstrong Foulkes LLP, a limited liability partnership.
Throughout the past 25 years, the firm has gone from strength to strength and is nationally recognised as being a leading clinical negligence firm. We are described in Chambers and Partners, which ranks lawyers worldwide, as a “specialist boutique with a superb reputation for handling complex clinical negligence claims. Advises and represents clients on a wide range of matters, including child brain injury and surgical negligence cases, and also handles claims concerning delayed diagnoses.” The top firms are ranked from Band 1 to 6 (with 1 being the highest ranking achievable) and we are pleased that we continue to hold a Band 1 ranking and have done for many years now.
The firm now comprises 5 fee earners – Hilton, Joanne and Ashleigh (the partners) and Kathryn and Dan (solicitors). We also have 4 support staff – Liz (who has been with the firm since the outset), Caroline, Jan and Honor.
Hilton says specialising in clinical negligence suits his personality as it requires great attention to detail. This is a trait of his that is recognised in Chambers and Partners as he is noted to be “technically very competent, very thorough and will go the extra distance to investigate a case to see if there is something in it.” As well as ranking firms of solicitors, Chambers and Partners also ranks the top solicitors in the country and Hilton continues to hold a Band 1 ranking. Ashleigh and Joanne are also recommended.
The partners have yet to decide how we are going to celebrate the 25 year milestone but we have been assured it will be something to look forward to! In the meantime, in true Armstrong Foulkes style, we have celebrated with cake!
If you would like to speak to one of our solicitors for advice about a potential clinical negligence claim, please telephone us on 01642 231110.
Kathryn Watson, October 2017