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Despina Kavadas


Despina is an experience medical negligence lawyer

Birth injury Brain injury Cerebral palsy Spinal injury Surgical negligence

Despina is a partner who specialises in clinical negligence. She joined Leigh Day as a trainee in 2000, qualifying in 2002 and has been practising in the specialist field of clinical negligence ever since.   

Despina acts for clients bringing compensation claims because of negligent medical treatment. Her clients include women whose babies have brain damage because their births were mismanaged, or who were injured themselves during the labour and delivery; people who have been injured during surgery; families of people who have died as a result of negligent medical treatment and claims for delays in diagnosis of cancer

What our clients say

Everyone we dealt with were so caring and compassionate we felt like they were doing all in their power to make sure we got the result we think we deserved. A special thank you to Despina Kavadas who worked so hard on our behalf.

Richard Williams

What people say

"When we were in the terrible position that we needed advice about our son’s birth we were recommended to speak with the team at Leigh Day. From the start the team were supportive, always keeping us posted on the process and were available whenever we needed support. Despina Kavadas and Megan George were particularly fantastic with their approachable, knowledgeable and reassuring manner at every step of the process. Their skills and expertise are first class."

“Thank you for working so hard on behalf of […]. We really appreciate it” 

“Thank you dearly for your time and support throughout our struggle”

“Thank you so much for everything you have done, I never thought it would happen at the beginning, but you, [….] have been amazing.”

“…you treated us so well and professionally…” and “We found Ms Kavadas so helpful and very kind” 

“Thank you for all your work and guidance over the months.”

“I wanted to drop you a note to thank you very much for all you've done for us in the past couple of years. It's been a long process, as they often are, and your regular help and guidance along the way has been hugely appreciated. Sincere thanks and a great job done!”

“I would like to thank you for all your professional support during this process […] you have always been so professional and sensitive in your dealings with me and I wish you all the very best in the future.” 

Legal expertise

Cases where Despina has obtained successful settlements for her clients include:

  • Obtaining compensation for a young woman who sustained perineal damage during the course of the delivery of her first daughter and consequently suffered physical and psychological injuries and financial loss. 
  • A claim for the two children of a mother whose GP failed to refer her for respiratory problems resulting in her death.
  • Obtaining compensation for a woman who underwent negligent hip surgery
  •  A claim brought by the parents and on behalf of the estate of a baby girl who died shortly after her birth from the injuries sustained during the course of her delivery.  
  • Acting for a woman who sustained a diathermy burn during the course of the delivery of her baby and suffered psychological injury.
  • Obtaining compensation for a mother following failures in care that led to the stillbirth of her daughter.  
  • Settling a wrongful birth claim.
  • Settling liability in an obstetric brain injury case with quantum to be assessed.

What the directories say

Despina Kavdas is a standout for me. She’s encouraging without being pushy. She tests the case thoroughly and works very hard to make sure all the arguments are covered.

Legal 500 2024


News Article
Defocussed Hospital Corridor
Medical negligence Cerebral palsy Caesarean

More than £21 million secured for child who suffered cerebral palsy birth injury

A settlement of over £21 million has been secured from a NHS Health Trust for a child who sustained a serious brain injury at birth at due to negligent treatment by medical professionals.

News Article
Anonymous Elderly Man Holding Stick
Hips Medical negligence medical advice

£600,000 settlement for man following poor medical advice which led to extensive hip surgery

A man has settled his medical negligence claim for more than double the hospital's original offer.

Blog Post
Newborn baby and mother
Clinical negligence Perineal tears Birth injury Childbirth

Is it ok that we don't talk about the chance of suffering a perineal tear in labour?

Health care lawyer Despina Kavadas looks at the stories behind perineal tear statistics