Area of Expertise
- Clinical negligence
- Personal injury
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1993 I have specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. I started off as a claimant lawyer and during my training worked on union funded employers’ liability cases including industrial disease claims.
When I qualified I gained valuable experience handling high volume RTA litigation cases before moving to leading Health Service firm Capsticks 1995 and specialising in defendant clinical negligence and personal injury. I became a Partner there in 2000 by which time I was solely specialising in catastrophic clinical negligence cases.
In 2005 I joined Moore Blatch to join my former Capsticks colleagues Tim Spring and Anne Cassidy in setting up the Richmond office. This has now expanded to more than 40 staff and I am responsible for the day to day smooth running of it.
My focus is now primarily on clinical negligence work with a particular interest in meningitis cases and those involving complex future loss claims. I also have an interest in how reform in the healthcare sector may impact on patient safety and I've recently presented to a major NHS Trust on the issue of Duty of Candour.
In 2014 I successfully represented the claimant in the highly publicised case of Coakley v Rosie (2014) EWHC 1790. This case arose from the Defendant GP failing to suspect that the claimant was suffering from Meningococcal Meningitis, resulting in a substantial award of damages.
In September 2017 I also commented on the National Audit Office report into rising clinical negligence costs here.
Other recent settlements include:
Former vet receives over £3,000,000 for delayed diagnosis of Cauda Equina syndrome
£800,000 for a taxi driver when the Defendant hospital failed to appropriately treat his badly injured leg following a road traffic accident. As a result it was amputated below the knee.
£1.3 million for a manual worker who fell down a lift shaft suffering severe spinal injuries for the contractors for whom he was working.
£5.2 million for a child left with severe brain damage following a failure by a GP to admit him to hospital
£800,000 for a man who was left permanently disabled following a perforated common iliac artery
I am a past editor of the firm’s personal injury newsletter and a past Trustee of Headway North West London.
Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme
Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme
"I found her most empathetic and understanding, with an intimate knowledge of the complications associated. This is important ‘extra mile’ stuff, as it enabled us to establish an excellent working relationship almost immediately. She was upfront and honest about the process from the beginning, and showed an intimate understanding of its workings throughout. She is able to listen and adapt to feedback; she is also forthright about when things may not go our way. There is no point telling me what I want to hear, only for me to be disappointed down the line. Sarah was meticulous in going over each detail of our case to make sure we presented the best evidence from the off. I cannot stress enough how much I believe this approach had a positive influence on the outcome. Ultimately, she achieved a highly satisfying outcome. This is important. Sarah made the terrible process as bearable as it possibly could have been. She was critical of the process throughout and is passionate about bringing about positive change that will benefit both the client and the defendant." Client
"She is able to get eminent experts to report and attend meetings with amazing speed. She is pragmatic and a problem solver. She has built a solid relationship with the claimant, which is extremely important." Third Party
"I would highly recommend Sarah Stanton. She is a highly experienced, very able practitioner. She does a very good job." Third Party
"Sarah Stanton offers an outstanding service and has an excellent personality." Chambers and Partners UK 2018
“A legal case is always a daunting consideration but Sarah and her colleagues at Moore Blatch made it as bearable as it possibly could have been. This was done in the first instance with honesty about what would come and an intimate understanding of the negligence that I had suffered. As time went on she displayed an incredible knowledge of the process and most importantly showed true empathy. Every effort was made at every instance to minimise the impact on my life and well being and to top it all off the case concluded with the best possible outcome, surpassing any previous expectations. My unending thanks and gratitude to Sarah and all.” A private client
"She's very thorough when she's committed to the case. She provides you with her complete backing." A private client
"Excellent" neurological injury lawyer Sarah Stanton’s "understanding of clinical negligence work is second to none". Legal 500, 2017
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