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Paul Sankey Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Paul is a Principal Lawyer dealing with clinical negligence claims.

Paul is a very experienced solicitor who qualified in 1986 and has been with the firm since 2001. He is an accredited expert in acting for the victims of medical accidents and is a member of the specialist Law Society and AvMA Clinical Negligence panels.

In Chambers & Partners 2014 Paul is ranked in Band 3 "Paul Sankey remains a highly respected figure in the London market. His experience includes claims concerning serious brain injuries, as well as delayed diagnosis of cancer, amputations and psychiatric cases". The Chambers & Partners 2013 UK legal directory states that Key Individual "Paul Sankey's areas of expertise include the delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical and radiological negligence, brain injuries, birth injuries and cerebral palsy. He has also been involved in cases concerning suicides in psychiatric units, and other claims involving fatalities" Legal 500 describes Paul as 'anabsolutely brilliant lawyer, utterly professional' and with a 'wide range of knowledge within the medical negligence area.' In the Chambers and Partners 2011 edition, Paul is praised by market commentators for being "approachable and knowledgeable."

Paul specialises in clinical negligence, acting only for Claimants. He has acted for the victims of medical accidents against GPs, NHS Trusts and private doctors. His claims include serious brain injuries and brain haemorrhage cases, birth injuries and cerebral palsy, meningitis, anaesthetic awareness, the delayed diagnosis of cancer of various types (including melanoma, adenocarcinoma, lung and breast cancer), orthopaedic injuries, mistakes leading to amputations, errors in surgery and radiology.

He has recently concluded a number of high value settlements on complex claims where medical errors have caused death or serious disability, such as in the case of Colin Freeman.

Paul is committed to providing an excellent service to his clients. This means not only winning the highest levels of damages in the quickest time possible but also supporting them and helping them practically to find the care and treatment they need. He combines a supportive approach to his clients with an ability to bring a rigorous analysis to bear on the complex medical and legal issues arising in medical claims. In a recent client satisfaction questionnaire, one of Paul’s clients described him as 'second to none'.

He has recently handled complex high value cases on behalf of police officers and their families. In recent cases leading to above-knee amputations he recently recovered awards of £1.4m and £850,000. He has also recovered large awards for officers whose shoulder and knee injuries were managed negligently and for the family of an officer who committed suicide in a psychiatric unit. A number of his cases have involved complex calculations arising from loss of police earnings and pensions.

Paul has worked for firms in London and Bristol before joining Russell Jones & Walker, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers, in 2001.

He has a Law Degree from Bristol University and MPhil in Theology from University of Wales.

Member of the specialist Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) clinical negligence panels.

Having had articles published in legal journals such as the Law Society Gazette, Personal Injury Law Journal and the Property Law journal, Paul has also given newspaper, radio and television interviews about issues of clinical negligence. He has an academic background in theology, a subject in which he has lectured and published research papers.