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Kerstin Kubiak

Kerstin Kubiak

Partner

T: 01225 730 207 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100
M: 07827 920 973

Kerstin specialises in cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury cases, with a focus on complex and high value claims. Her main areas of expertise relate to hypoxic birth injury, cord prolapse, meningitis and Group B Strep infection related injuries. Kerstin also specialises in cases involving cardiology and delays in diagnosis of neurological cancers.



The way Kerstin handled my case was exemplary throughout. She showed tact and empathy at all times but particularly when discussions and questions touched on emotionally sensitive areas.

Royds Withy King client

About Kerstin

After joining Royds Withy King in 2009, Kerstin has developed her practice area to focus mainly in obstetric and neonatal cases, representing children and young adults who suffered neurological injuries before, during or after their birth. Kerstin works closely with chartered legal executive Abigail Ringer in progressing large and complex cases.

Kerstin also has a specialism in inquest cases, focusing on medical negligence related deaths and also those involving Article II of the Human Rights Act; Kerstin works closely with Ali Cloak on a number of high profile inquest cases.

Her experience of clinical negligence claims includes:

  • wrongful birth claims and additional costs of raising a disabled child
  • Ogilvie Syndrome claims
  • complex cardiology claims
  • Erb’s Palsy cases relating to mismanaged shoulder dystocia
  • claims regarding delays in diagnosis of cancer.

Kerstin is independently ranked by the Chambers & Partners guide to the legal profession, and recognised as a “Leader in her field”.

‘Sources call her “excellent, thorough, informed and very sensitive to the clients’ requirements whilst retaining a correct pragmatism.”

Other solicitiors rate her also, with “ambitious, tenacious and visible” just some of the epithets used.

“Kerstin Kubiak is an experienced partner who is recognised for her work on severe birth injury cases. She is praised as ‘extremely hard-working – she will do whatever it takes,’ while one client describes her as ‘very clever, supportive and thorough. She was a powerful driving force.” (source: Chambers & Partners UK). The Legal 500 UK also mentioned Kerstin, who “stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis'”.

Kerstin is a member of the Avon and Bristol Law Centre and is on the South West Research Ethics Committee Panel.

Memberships :

  • Association of Personal Injury lawyers (APIL)
  • Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • Bristol Medico-Legal Society
  • Bristol Law Society
  • Inquest charity

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I feel incredibly privileged to work for my clients at some of the most difficult times in their lives and make a positive difference when they are faced with enormous challenges.

Kerstin Kubiak

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£8,700,000 awarded for oxygen deprivation during birth

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Kerstin Kubiak acted for J, a 20 year man who suffered oxygen deprivation during his birth as a result of the hospital medical staff failing to react to a deterioration in his heart rate during labour and failing to undertake an immediate forceps delivery.

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£9,570,000 awarded for oxygen deprivation during birth

Kerstin Kubiak, Partner and birth injury specialist, acted for a 9 year old girl who suffered oxygen deprivation during her birth as a result of the hospital trust staff failing to react to signs of fetal distress and failing to undertake an emergency caesarean section.

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£8.6 million compensation for cerebral palsy caused by delayed delivery

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£350,000 recovered for patient who suffered brain injury due to a hospital acquired infection

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Royds Withy King Insights: Group B Strep Claims

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