Claire Fazan joined Leigh Day as a partner in May 2007 from Irwin Mitchell where she had been a partner for four years, before this she was partner in charge of the personal injury and clinical negligence department at Bindman and Partners for 14 years.
She has for many years had a national reputation as one of the leading solicitors in the field of clinical negligence litigation. Over the years she has been described for example as:“One of the most notable leaders in the country” (Chambers 2003/4); winning “praise from clients for her extensive brain-injury experience” (Legal 500 2005);”an excellent claimant lawyer with a real eye for detail – one of the leaders in her field” (Chambers 2005);possessing “enormous empathy without losing judgment resulting in outstanding commitment to her cases” (Chambers 2006); and Claire Fazan has an absolutely superb reputation for her work in this area, with peers praising her "professional and dedicated" approach and her ability to get the best results for her clients. (Chambers 2012).
Claire’s experience in the field of clinical negligence litigation is extensive. It includes claims and inquests arising from care in private and NHS units and in particular from obstetric, neo-natal, paediatric, anaesthetic, neurological, cardiac, GP and emergency care. She is probably best known for claims for children and adults who have suffered injuries of maximum severity with associated profound and permanent disability. She acted for the claimant in what is understood to have been the largest personal injury/clinical negligence award that has been made in the UK.
Cases which Claire has recently concluded successfully include:
- A claim for a child who suffered brain injury as a result of failure to diagnose and treat infection causing septicaemia and meningitis;
- A claim for the family of a woman who died following childbirth due to a failure to diagnose and treat puerperal sepsis;
- A claim for a child who suffered brain injury with cerebral palsy as a consequence of obstetric and midwifery care;
- A claim for psychiatric injury suffered by a mother due to the negligent management of her delivery;
- A claim for a young woman who suffered extensive loss of muscle and tissue due to failure to diagnose and treat necrotizing fasciitis;
- A claim for a woman who suffered spinal cord injury due to failure to diagnose and refer for spinal injury.
Claire is co-author of “Medical Negligence Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide” and is a contributing author to “The Medical Accidents Handbook – a Practical Guide for Patients and Their Advisors” and "Clinical Negligence" . She lectures frequently on issues related to Clinical Negligence. Claire is accredited as a senior litigator by APIL.