Patricia Wakeford Senior Associate

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“She was very patient and understanding, and we found her interpersonal skills to be an asset. Without her caring and attentive attitude, we may well not have pursued it through to conclusion.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“I know people say thank you but we have said that's not enough. All of your help and guidance, kindness and understanding over these past years have meant a lot. ”

Mr & Mrs T Hampshire
Patricia is a Senior Associate as well as a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS

Main areas of practice

She practises in all areas of clinical negligence. However, she has a special interest in obstetric cases and cerebral palsy cases due to her midwifery experience.


Patricia uses her NHS expertise to help people who have been unfortunate enough to suffer a medical accident. She has successfully obtained compensation for clients in cases ranging in value from under £10,000 to multi million. She understands that clients have different reasons for bringing a claim and that litigation can sometimes appear very daunting. Patricia supports her clients step by step through their case from start to finish. 

Significant experience 

  • Mr A - £200,000 for delay in diagnosis of testicular cancer in September 2015
  • Ms D - £70,000 for negligent surgery resulting in colostomy and fistula.
  • Successfully recovered £650,000 lump sum and £20,000 per annum periodical payments for life in compensation for Mrs H for the delay in treating her developing Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Patricia has recently agreed liability at 85% on behalf of her client in a multi million pound case
  • Recovered £110,000 in compensation following a delay in treating appendicitis, £500,000 for failure to prevent vertical transmission and delay in diagnosis of HIV. Patricia also helps clients who have suffered from a delay in diagnosis of septic arthritis
  • Obtained £50,000 in compensation for a mother who was negligently stitched after she'd given birth to her first child
  • Successfully recovered £40,000 following a delay in diagnosing a fractured orbit
  • Successfully obtained £27,500 in compensation for incorrect advice leading to poor IVF outcome
  • £40,000 following negligent Pinnaplasty surgery
  • Represented family of deceased Gary Lovett following NHS Direct's failure to diagnose Gary's lung illness
  • Other expertise

Patricia has successfully concluded one claim and is working with another client in relation to defective cardiac defibrillators.

“Able to combine her medical background and knowledge with her detailed legal understanding to provide intelligent advice on complex cases.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016

“We can never thank you enough for all the help & support you have given us in such sad circumstances & will always be grateful for the care & understanding you have shown to us all, but in particular to Mum. (Maybe you should have been a nurse with your empathy & listening skills not to say you are not a great solicitor though!)”

Mrs D Kent

“The service that I received from Patricia Wakeford was 100%. So friendly and approachable.”

Mrs Phillips

Patricia’s Blog

Hampshire Law Society AGM

Members from the south coast clinical negligence, travel and personal injuries teams at BL Claims attended the Hampshire Law Society Annual General Meeting and Christmas dinner on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2013–15

This report looks at lessons learned and is dated 2017. The previous report looked at 2010 to 2012.

Oxford Medical Law conference at Wadham College

Patricia Wakeford attended the Oxford Medical Law conference. In her latest blog, she discusses her visit and the speakers she met there.

Articles by Patricia

My visit to Dorset Orthopaedics


Patricia wakeford visited the Dorset Orthopaedics' Ringwood Office to see how they help their clients. Read about her visit here.

Five figure settlement reached in medical negligence case resulting in traumatic stillbirth

Case study

Our client suffered a stillbirth that could have been prevented had the hospital Trust stuck to the plan to deliver at 30 weeks. The BL Claims clinical negligence team stepped in and helped our client win her claim.

Six figure sum following below knee amputation after fall in hospital

Case study

Our client had a fall in a hospital which led to a lower knee amputation. She contacted BL Claims and our Clinical Negligence team helped her make a claim against the Trust. Click here to read about the case and the outcome.

Related Knowledge & Resources

My visit to Dorset Orthopaedics

Patricia wakeford visited the Dorset Orthopaedics' Ringwood Office to see how they help their clients. Read about her visit here.

The costs conundrum: Access to justice but at what price?

Elizabeth O'Mahony discusses the costs of getting access to justice in PI Brief Update.

Smile4Wessex funds new 3D technology at Southampton General Hospital

Smile 4 Wessex has agreed to fund the purchase of a 3D endoscope for Southampton General Hospital.

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.