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Judith Leach


T: 01865 268 609 (DDI)
T: 01865 792 300

Judith is an associate in the Oxford Medical Negligence team and is also a qualified barrister. She has over 15 years experience of successfully handling complex medical negligence cases. Before taking up a career in the law, Judith was an intensive care sister and also qualified and practiced as a midwife. She maintains her general nursing registration.

About Judith

Judith has worked as in-house Counsel to a large NHS Trust which gives her unique insight into negligence compensation claims and a tactical advantage in pursuing them. As a trained barrister, Judith acts as advocate and represents families at inquest hearings. She is a trained mediator and also teaches on a variety of medico-legal topics.

Clients praise her attention to client care, typified by comments such as “our thanks doesn’t cover what you did for us Judith”, “I drew great strength from you” and “I will never forget what you did for me”. The Legal 500 UK noted her as an “excellent” lawyer.

Judith’s particular areas of medical negligence expertise include:

  • adult brain injury claims, particularly stroke
  • cerebral palsy and birth injury claims
  • complex surgical injury cases
  • neurological cases, in both adults and children
  • nursing claims
  • injury as a result of cardiology/cardiac surgery
  • vascular surgery
  • pulmonary embolism.

Memberships :

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • APIL Special Interest Groups: brain injury, spinal cord injury
  • Inquest Charity Lawyers Group (INQUEST)
  • Oxford Medico-Legal Society
  • Association for Victims of Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA).

The way I look at things, we can all make mistakes but unfortunately in the world of medicine and nursing, some mistakes can have devastating consequences. People need to be able to rebuild their lives, so I get great satisfaction from obtaining the best possible damages settlement for them. Having worked as an intensive care sister and as a midwife, I also strive to ensure that there are changes in practices so that similar injuries are prevented in the future. I’m proud that one of my cases is now used as a teaching aid by a large NHS Trust with this in mind.

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