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Paula Barnes


Area of Expertise

  • Clinical negligence
  • Community Care
  • Court of Protection
  • Services for later life


  • Healthcare

I am a partner in the firm’s community care and public law team, providing a range of services designed to meet the needs of adults and children with health and social care needs, and their carers.

My clients are often the most vulnerable in our society, the elderly, disabled or children. They frequently need help accessing NHS and social care services to ensure they have all necessary support and assistance either at home or in a residential care environment, not only to cope with the aftermath of an accident, disability or illness but to maximise their quality of life.

I help my clients by challenging decisions made by public bodies including the NHS and Social services through internal complaints procedures, appeals and where necessary, court action.

My clients often need help to obtain the right care package to meet their care needs and to secure respite care, make adaptations to their home, access social housing, care home placements, obtain aids and equipment and to ensure they receive the right medical treatment and care. I have the legal expertise and experience to help with all these issues, providing advice and practical support throughout.

In addition to my community care practice I remain a member of the clinical negligence team having undertaken clinical negligence for more than 20 years.

My clients need help from someone who understands their difficulties and can offer real solutions with practical clear advice, a detailed knowledge and obtain a good outcome. They expect me to be involved in all aspects of the work and to be at the end of the phone when they need me.


  • Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel


  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Directory quotes

Paula is brilliant at generating new work and winning impossible cases. She is good at getting funding from local authorities and she is a genius when it comes to fighting for housing and social sevices for injured and disabled clients. She runs national campaigns and lectures, and I think she is a go-to person for diasabled people looking to access rights from local authorities. She never gives up, is very kind and a real fighter. Chambers and Partners 2018

Paula Barnes specialises in cancer misdiagnosis and gynaecological cases. One source enthuses: "She's brilliant - a force of nature who will get good results." Barnes handles clinical negligence work as part of a broader practice that also encompasses community care law and Court of Protection matters. Chambers UK 2017

Paula Barnes maintains a comprehensive clinical negligence practice that covers birth injury, missed diagnosis cases and gynaecology cases. Chambers UK 2016

Moore Blatch LLP combines health expertise with experience in the community care field. Paula Barnes is heavily involved in deprivation of liberty cases and challenging refusals of medical care. Legal 500, 2016

Paula Barnes has extensive experience in cancer misdiagnosis and gynaecological cases. She is also acting as head of the firm's community care arm. Chambers UK 2015

At Moore Blatch LLP, Paula Barnes has a specialist practice advising clients, who may be elderly or the victims of clinical negligence or personal injury, undertaking continuing care claims and appeals against the NHS. Legal 500, 2015

"Client-focused" partner Paula Barnes is hard-working, well organised and highly regarded as a specialist clinical negligence practitioner. Chambers UK 2014


"She's empathetic and technically excellent." Client

"Paula Barnes is excellent to work with. She's approachable and clearly an expert in her field." Client

"Clearly Paula is an expert in this area. She's provided sound advice and worked in a proactive manner in order to try and progress my case." Client

"She is caring, compassionate and outstanding." Client

"Paula came across so well-informed and dynamic, and as a force to be reckoned with. She was great." Private client

"Thank you for your collective efforts in advocating for Mum through this testing process. Much appreciated to you all for your efforts and expertise. Thank you doesn’t go far enough. This is a tremendous success for our mum." A private client

"Paula Barnes and Helen Goodridge are working hard for us on a NHS Continuing Care case. Paula has been outstanding in her ability to represent us in this matter.  Although this case is ongoing and difficult, her client care has been outstanding. Throughout a very difficult meeting during the initial assessment with an NHS nurse, she handled the situation, company time loss and a very emotional situation with ourselves with extreme support and caring.  We can only thank her for her outstanding support and professionalism." A private client

"Paula Barnes is an absolutely fantastic lawyer. She's just totally can-do, and we're so glad that we are sitting on her side of the table. She's so totally on the client's side. She maintains control and can pull the counsel up on the key points, not taking no for an answer. I have felt very supported. There's stuff where she has just gone the extra mile for me that proves how wonderful she has been. She's always available and will respond immediately to crises." A private client

"She's very good at community care law and the rights of families with disabilities. She's a national leader on that subject and is always lecturing about it, which is getting equipment and housing and care for children with disabilities."  Independent third party

"Paula is very good at campaigning on better benefits for children with disabilities. That's an important string to their bow. Moore Blatch are very good with their clients." Independent third party

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