Claire is a partner in the clinical negligence department and she has specialised exclusively in clinical negligence since her qualification in 2008. She is a member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel and she is named in the Legal 500, both of which are testament to Claire’s expertise in this area of law.
Claire has extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of clinical negligence claims, although her main focus is now on cases involving serious injury, such as birth injury, brain injury, amputation and spinal injury.
Claire has secured over £10 million in compensation for her clients. She has successfully concluded many high value cases, including a case which settled for £7 million following a failure to diagnose and treat meningitis leaving the claimant with a severe brain injury.
Claire is proud to be involved in the process of helping her clients to re-build and improve the quality of their lives and assisting them in returning to independent living following what are often devastating, life changing injuries.
Claire is widely recognised for her extensive experience in clinical negligence and is often recommended by her clients, peers and medical experts. Due to the nature of their injuries, many of Claire’s clients are in need of immediate treatment, equipment or accommodation, and in those cases Claire’s priority is to obtain an early payment of compensation so that her clients can access their needs as the claim progresses.
Claire joined Stephensons in 2009, progressed to associate solicitor in 2012 and was appointed as a Partner in 2016. The clinical negligence team at Stephensons consists of over 30 staff and Claire has taken on an increasing supervisory and managerial role in recent times, although she has continued to handle a caseload of complex and high value cases.
Areas of specilaism
- Birth injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal injury
PJ v Secretary of State for Health
Claire secured damages of £7 million for the catastrophic brain injury suffered by her claimant after a delay in diagnosing meningitis. The claimant was completely dependent on others for all aspects of his life, he required specially adapted accommodation and various aids, equipment and therapies.
S v Barts Health NHS Trust (2016)
Claire secured £1 million for a claimant who was left paralysed, doubly incontinent and who suffered from multiple, severe pressure sores due to the defendant’s failure to diagnose and treat a spinal abscess in a timely manner. Claire included a claim for care and assistance for the remainder of the claimant’s life, new accommodation to meet her needs and various pieces of equipment and therapies to enable her to return to some level of independent living.
BM v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2012)
The claimant was awarded £400,000 due to the failure to correctly diagnose and treat a wrist injury. As a result of her injury, the claimant suffered ongoing pain, had limited grip and dexterity and was unable to continue in her employment as a midwife.
B v Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and 4 others (2013)
Claire secured £300,000 for a claimant who required a below knee amputation after he failed to receive a timely diagnosis of diabetes and failed to receive correct treatment for a foot ulcer.
CH v James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Claire secured £285,000 for the family of a lady who died age 60 as a result of the defendant’s negligence. The claimant suffered a brain injury and led a severely disabled life for eight years prior to her death as a result of failings in hospital care.
L v West Hetfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Claire secured a settlement in the sum of £215,000 for a man who was wrongly advised regarding the risks of foot surgery, and who suffered permanent severe pain in his feet following surgery which was performed in a negligent manner. The claimant required several corrective surgeries and suffered permanent limited mobility due to the pain in his feet.
What others say
"The ‘compassionate’ Claire Stockley ‘applies enormous dedication to her clients’ cases coupled with an extremely thorough approach to evidence and preparation. No detail is left unaddressed and she has an instinctive tactical understanding of the case and good judgement’." - Legal 500 2018
"The process that we have been through has helped us to answer some of the questions that we had about the care that she received and has given us a little comfort in knowing that what happened could not have been predicted. We needed to take the time to go through everything ourselves and with your help this has been possible. The time that you have taken to explain things to us in a way that was helpful to us has been very much appreciated." - View from a satisfied client
"Claire has gone above and beyond what I would have expected. She left no stone unturned. I would recommend Claire Stockley to anyone that is thinking about seeking legal advice in this sort of case, she will make you feel at ease and talk through every step of the way – brilliant!!” - View from a satisfied client
"Claire is an ‘extremely thorough and thoughtful lawyer’" - UK Legal 500, 2017
"Committed, helpful, understanding and there for you every step of the way."
"Thank you so much for all your help and assistance…I really appreciate how everything was handled at a very difficult time. All the staff involved at Stephensons were very understanding and professional."
"I have been encouraged by how thoroughly you have conducted your investigations…thank you very much for all your hard work – It is appreciated!"
"Thank you for your advice, concern and care."