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I cannot thank you and the rest of your team enough for the amazing, smooth work you did for us. And I hope that should any parent have to go through the same ordeal as us, that they come to you for assistance as you were so helpful, pleasant to deal with, especially under the circumstances.  – Client of Suzanne
Market sources highlight her for her "forensic ability and commitment to clients," while one client highlights her for her "ability to communicate diligently to clients in difficult circumstances." – Chambers and partners 2019

Suzanne White is head of the clinical negligence team and has specialised in this area of law since qualifying in 1999 after training with the firm. 

She has successfully secured substantial amounts of compensation for people who have suffered serious injuries a result of medical negligence and also represents families at inquests where loved ones have died as a result of negligent medical care.

She has a particular interest in birth injury claims, injuries to mothers during childbirth, orthopaedics, misdiagnosed cancers, GP errors, children and adult fatal cases, and cases involving radiological errors, but advises on a full range of clinical negligence cases. 

Suzanne is member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group.

Key cases

  • Securing a seven-figure sum for a woman following a failure to detect and treat a post-operative bile leak
  • Obtaining a seven figure sum on compensation for a 12 year old girl with cerebral palsy.
  • Acting for a child with a brain injury caused by medical negligence, and securing compensation in the region of £8m.
  • Settling a claim for a young man who suffered brain damage when bacterial endocarditis led to him suffering a stroke was left undiagnosed for five months.
  • Securing a significant and substantial sum of compensation for a child who has cerebral palsy after being deprived of oxygen during a mismanaged labour.
  • Winning an award of £1.5m for a client whose slow-growing brain tumour was missed leading to her eventual severe loss of sight.
  • Representing the family of Fallan Kurek at the inquest into her death after taking the combined contraceptive pill.
  • Acting for a young  woman who was left unable to have children following a surgical procedure, the consequences of which were not properly explained to her.
  • Winning compensation for a young mother who lost digits, toes and was left with renal failure after a delay in diagnosis of sepsis.
  • Securing a six-figure sum on behalf of a client who suffered extreme radiation burns and a perforated bowel after receiving the wrong dose of radiation.
  • Obtaining a significant award of damages for the partner of a young man who died when his diabetic ketoacidosis was misdiagnosed by his GP.
  • Securing compensation for a mother whose baby died when the baby’s CTG scan was misinterpreted leading to a fatal delay in a caesarean delivery.

Suzanne has a medical background having initially trained as a radiographer. She is co-ordinator of the APIL Clinical Negligence Special Interest Group, and a member of the APIL executive. 

Suzanne in the news and media

Suzanne has appeared on the national news, including ITN News, commenting on developments relating to the medical profession, and has been quoted in many articles.

NHS trusts will be forced to publish concerns raised by staff and patients in wake of Gosport scandal  Telegraph 21.11.18

Mum, 35, who expected to be home in time for tea dies after routine hospital test goes tragically wrong Mirror 19.8.18, The Sun 19.8.18, and Mail on Sunday 18.8.18.

Daughter, 37, who watched her mother die agony after she was wrongly sent home from hospital wins £50,000 payout from the NHS Daily Mail 28.6.18 + The Times 28.6.18

Newsnight 20.6.18 from about 27:30 Evan Davis spoke to Suzanne as the programme examined the revelation that hundreds may have died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital after strong pain killers were misused. Why did it take so long to get justice?

Mums tell Farringdon women's health conference: Medics need to better communicate risks around childbirth Islington Gazette 29.05.18

Breast cancer screening scandal could cost £100m in compensation, lawyers warn Independent 03.05.18 

She appeared on Panorama, BBC1 16.10.17 in an episode entitled, How safe is your operation?

Missing data 'may put private patients at risk' BBC News 16.10.17

Grandmother awarded compensation for suffering PTSD after watching her daughter give birth The Telegraph 29.04.2017

Fast-tracking medical justice is problematic. Let's prevent tragedies in the first place  Open Justice 09.11.16

Young woman died from blood clot after taking contraceptive pill, inquest rules ITV 28.7.16

Graduate who died from a blood clot caused by the Pill just fives months after she began taking it would have survived if her GP had not missed her symptoms and told her to go for a SPA DAY Daily Mail 29.7.16

NHS England reveals that over 1,000 patients have suffered 'never events' in the last four years Medico Legal Journal 2016 Issue 1

Dying cancer patients could volunteer to be medical guinea pigs under new law Telegraph 24.6.15

Coroner condemns hospital over death of newborn twin who died an hour after birth from brain damage after a doctor's errors Daily Mail 12.04.15

The Stop the Saatchi Bill campaign won The Skeptic Magazine’s Ockham award in April 2015

‘PR machine’ Lord Saatchi’s Bill will create more litigation Solicitors Journal 26.11.14

Leading medics oppose Saatchi Bill in letter to The Times Clinical Negligence Law 13.11.14

To innovate or not to innovate: The Saatchi Bill Clinical Negligence Law 20.7.14

Grieving parents: Our boy died after medics failed to follow care plan Evening Standard 27.2.14

Suing the NHS: can the £1bn annual compensation bill continue? British Medical Journal 19.2.13

Events and seminars

Suzanne was invited to speak at Birthrights seminar, Transforming Consent In Maternity Care, held at Templeton College, Oxford on 11 October 2017.

What clients say about Suzanne

"We are all still hurting but you have made life much easier and given me a fighting chance. Myself and my family will never forget what you have done for us."

“Without the compassion and professionalism of Suzanne and the rest of the team, we know this process would have been even harder. We’re doubtful that we would have ever found the truth surrounding Thor’s death, and the subsequent failures by the Trust, without them. We will always be grateful.”
“It is clear to me that you really committed yourselves to our daughter’s case. You prepared a really strong case for her, 100% ready to win in court if that became necessary. Words cannot express the depth of gratitude and respect that I have for you both, in respect of what you have done for our daughter of course, but also for myself, my partner and each of our other children who have all suffered a significantly “changed life” since that fateful day. You have enabled us all to move forward.”

"We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and compassion, and most of all, for wanting to fight on behalf of our little boy to ensure that the unit is a safe place in the future."

"Now we have a peace of mind and are able to live, and we owe it all to Suzanne and her team, because without them we would not have won, and we would not have justice for our son. We will always be eternally grateful."

"Please keep up the good work as although the stock phrase of 'lessons will be learnt', unfortunately then do not seem to be. Thank you once again, your firm and what you do is an inspiration to me."

"You and your whole team were a pleasure to deal with. A flawless experience for us, especially when you think of the sensitivity of the matter. Thank you!"


  • APIL senior litigator
  • Chambers and partners guide to the legal profession
  • Law Society clinical negligence panel
  • Legal 500 2019 Recommended lawyer

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