John White Partner

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“I found John White and his team to be professional and courteous at all times. They always kept me in touch with all aspects of my case, taking the time to explain all the procedures involved.”

Miss Parry Dorset
Doctor and Solicitor Advocate John White leads the “outstanding” (Legal 500) Clinical Negligence team.

Main areas of practice 

John specialises in clinical negligence, in particular cerebral palsy, brain injury, catastrophic injury, as well as orthopaedics, surgical, accident and emergency medicine and fatal cases.

John has a particular interest in quantum work and enjoys dealing with the law on damages on the large complex catastrophic injury claims and has delivered in-house seminars on this as well as other aspects of clinical negligence.

An experienced and skilled advocate, John undertakes the full range of interlocutory hearings, inquests and settlement approval hearings. John has higher rights of audience enabling him to appear in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He leads the Advocacy group within the firm.

Clients 

John acts for a wide variety of clients, including children and adults who have been injured due to medial negligence. He also acts for clients who have a representative capacity, such as parents in cases involving injured children, family members in fatal cases and clients who have suffered brain damage and are unable to manage their own affairs.

John has an excellent track record of successfully bringing high value, complex clinical negligence cases on behalf of his clients. Many of his cases are very sensitive, requiring skilful client handling.

Significant experience 

John has extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of clinical negligence claims. This includes having successfully handled many cerebral palsy and other brain injury cases. A few examples of John’s cases include:

  • John brought one of the largest cerebral palsy cases to trial in the High Court, obtaining over £9.3million in compensation for a child who sustained severe brain damage at around the time of his birth when he was being ventilated on the special care baby unit in hospital, which caused cerebral palsy with very severe disabilities
  • John brought the leading clinical negligence case of Bailey v MOD to trial in the High Court (2007) and in the Court of Appeal (2008), obtaining damages of £3.45M for an adult who sustained severe brain damage, resulting from failures in care whilst undergoing investigations and treatment for her condition of gallstones
  • £200,000 in compensation for partial femoral nerve injury, which the client had sustained during an intra-articular injection procedure as an investigative procedure on her left hip
  • £200,000 in compensation for a delay in diagnosis of fracture of the scaphoid bone of the wrist, ultimately resulting in the need for a full wrist fusion; £325,000 in compensation for a delay in diagnosis of breast cancer which resulted in death (Adshead v Tottle (2007))
  • Successfully represented the client following misdiagnosis of his condition of spinal tumour as a child which led to the wrong choice of operation (Ryan v East London and City Health Authority (2001))
  • Handled a claim for costs of past and future care by mother following birth of handicapped child (Hardman v Amin (2000))
  • In 2009 John conducted the Gosport War Memorial Hospital inquest, one of the largest medical inquests, acting on behalf of five families. In addition, he has personally conducted the advocacy in over 25 inquest hearings for families

Other expertise

John’s advocacy practice is growing. In addition to his significant expertise in inquest advocacy, he regularly deals with interlocutory hearings of applications, case management hearings and settlement approval hearings. His approach to advocacy is unparalleled.  

“A complete expert, with a vast knowledge base. ”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2014

“John White attracts praise for his ‘instinct for identifying and exploiting the weaknesses in the other side’s case’”

The Legal 500 UK 2016

Articles by John

Clinical negligence expert appointed to charity’s key legal panel

News

Partner within specialist law firm BL Claims Solicitors has been appointed to a key legal panel which campaigns for patients who have suffered medical accidents.

Grandmother dies following hospital’s use of banned test

Press Release

The family of a pensioner who died in hospital after a feeding tube was mistakenly placed in her lungs will be looking for answers at an inquest to be held on Wednesday January 8 2014.

Inquest into death in hospital at Southampton General

Press Release

Bl Claims Solicitors will represent Hazel Ladbrooke's family at the inquest into her death after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Related Knowledge & Resources

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Guide to Clinical Negligence Claims

Clinical negligence claims arise when incorrect medical treatment is provided. Claims can be complicated and require specialist opinions.

Clinical Negligence: What happens if court proceedings are started?

Our Clinical Negligence team offer advice on when claims are unable to be settled outside of court.

Liability in a clinical negligence case

Our Clinical Negligence team provide guidance on the issue of liability in clinical negligence cases. Here is a guide which covers what you can expect to happen during your claim.