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Lily Hedgman

Associate solicitor

Lily is a associate solicitor in the medical negligence department

Birth injury claims Brain injury Inquests Maternal injury Maternity safety Mental health Surgical negligence

Lily joined Leigh Day as a trainee solicitor in 2019 and subsequently qualified into Fiona Huddleston’s team in the medical negligence department.

Lily works across a variety of cases including claims for birth injuries (to the mother and the child), brain injury, psychiatric injury, and injuries sustained as a result of delay in diagnosis and substandard surgical treatment. Lily also has an interest in cases arising from the mismanagement of mental health treatment.

Lily also has experience in representing bereaved families in inquests, including those that engage Article 2.

Legal expertise

Lily has particular experience in representing women in claims arising from negligent maternity care and treatment, including treatment that has led to stillbirth. Lily works on a number of cases arising from maternity incidents that have previously been investigated by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (‘HSIB’).

Lily also has experience in representing women in claims involving gynaecological treatment, including a claim in which Lily assisted in achieving a six-figure settlement on behalf of a 33 year old woman who suffered serious bowel and fertility complications following surgery for polycystic ovaries.

Lily also currently assists Fiona Huddleston on a number of brain injury cases including a claim on behalf of a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury and severe orthopaedic injuries in a fall from height after absconding from A&E, and a case relating to a delayed diagnosis of stroke.

Lily’s previous and ongoing inquest experience includes:

  • Representing the family of a woman who sustained a global hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury following a standard burr hole drainage procedure.
  • Representing the family of a young man who took his own life shortly after he had presented to A&E with severe psychiatric symptoms.
  • Representing the family of a patient who died following the misdiagnosis of an aneurysm.

Lily is also part of the legal team representing the families of James Furlong, Dr David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, who were murdered in the Forbury Gardens terror attack on 20 June 2020.


Lily obtained a degree in Law from the University of Oxford before going on to study a Masters in Law at Queen Mary University of London. Lily undertook research in the areas of international children’s rights, mental health law, and the regulation of medical technologies.

Lily then proceeded to study the LPC at the University of Law, graduating in 2019. While completing the LPC, Lily undertook a work experience placement in a well-known litigation firm and participated in a variety of pro-bono schemes.

Alongside her studies, Lily spent seven years working with children and young people in an education centre.  

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