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Kerstin Kubiak


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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 nuanced 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 specialises 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 medical negligence claims includes:

Kerstin is independently ranked by the Chambers & Partners guide to the legal profession, and recognised as a “Leader in her field“. She also has a Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation.

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

She has also been credited by fellow solicitors as “ambitious, tenacious and visible“.

Clients asked by the Chambers & Partners directory describe Kerstin as “excellent, well organised, careful, conscientious and courteous. She has also been independently praised by one client in the same source as “very clever, supportive and thorough“. The Legal 500 UK also celebrate 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

clinical negligence accredited
Royds Withy King is working in partnership with Scope.


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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Celebrity coverage puts spotlight on the need for increased awareness of group B Strep

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NHS maternity care for mothers carrying Group B Strep must improve

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It was with great dismay that I read today of an inquest, which heard evidence relating to the tragic death of baby Rocco, who died at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in June 2017. Rocco’s mother was a known carrier of group B Streptococcus (GBS). However, despite this being made clear in her medical records, she was not admitted to hospital for antibiotic therapy following the rupture of her membranes.

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This month we are raising awareness of this common and avoidable condition which can have devastating consequences for children at birth.

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How we valued, secured and will help to manage a £17.75 million settlement for a GBS client

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A large settlement has been reached on behalf of a 21 year old man, who was injured in the neonatal period as a result of untreated GBS (Group B Streptococcus) infection. His mother was suffering from a high temperature during …

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Royds Withy King joins Group B Strep Support’s legal panel

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Royds Withy King has joined national charity Group B Strep Support’s legal panel.

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21 January 2013

A second inquest is to open on Monday (21 January 2013) into the death of Stanley Mack after the Court of Appeal quashed the verdict of an earlier inquest where the coroner failed to call the necessary witnesses. Stan’s family …

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Withy King achieves financial security for young man injured at birth

21 November 2012

Withy King has secured a multi-million pound settlement and a public apology on behalf of a young man who suffered injuries during his birth which led to severe brain damage. Withy King’s clinical negligence team successfully argued that 20-year-old Jacob …

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Case update – admission of liability secured in GBS brain injury case

20 October 2017

Kerstin Kubiak, partner in Royds Withy King’s specialist medical negligence department, secured an admission of liability for a 19-year-old’s brain injury, suffered following a delay in diagnosis of his Group B Strep infection.

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

29 June 2017

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

Kerstin Kubiak represented a 24 year old female client in her claim for compensation for the severe brain injuries she suffered as a result of negligence around the time of her delivery. The allegations were that the hospital was negligent in its use of Prostin during her mother’s labour which caused excessive contractions and in turn caused our client to suffer lack of oxygen. There was then a delay in identifying that our client was in distress during labour as a result of the excessive contractions and therefore a delay in delivering her by emergency caesarean section. Had she been delivered about 20 minutes earlier than she was then she would have avoided all injury.

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Royds Withy King Insights: Group B Strep Claims

13 November 2014

In our series of Royds Withy King Insights videos, Kerstin Kubiak, a Partner in our medical negligence team, discusses the devastating effects of Group B Strep (GBS) in infants Kerstin also discusses a recent client case and her experience in GBS negligence cases. …

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