Rachel Thompson - DAC Beachcroft
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Rachel Thompson

Rachel specialises in clinical risk and medical malpractice.

She has over 9 years’ experience advising clients in the health and social care sector. Her key clients include NHS Resolution, Trusts & FTs, private hospitals, surgeons and GPs.

Rachel’s early career was spent handling claimant injury work and representing patients at mental health tribunals, providing her with a unique insight when it comes to defending claims.

She is experienced in dealing with catastrophic head & spinal claims, birth injuries and high value fatal & psychiatric claims. She currently supervises a team of 10 lawyers, instructed to coordinate and manage a large cohort of mesh claims nationally, receiving regular media coverage.

Completing two secondments for NHS Resolution, developing a fundamental understanding of their strategy and approach to claims resolution. Rachel recently delivered a patient safety presentation to an audience of over 300 surgeons and medical staff.

Relevant experience includes:

  • Advising NHS Resolution on a litigated fatal accidents claim which was resolved at mediation. The claimant claimed more than £300,000 in damages and up to £100,000 in costs. Rachel was able to negotiate settlement of the entire claim for £30,000.
  • Rachel successfully defended a multi-million pound claim to Trial on behalf of a local NHS Trust https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2019/2280.html, receiving excellent feedback from the clinician involved.
  • Rachel took a gynaecology claim to trial, forcing the Claimant to discontinue on Day 2 in the face of overwhelming evidence in support of the treatment provided. She recovered in excess of £40,000 of costs for NHS Resolution. She was highly praised by the Consultant witnesses involved.

Some of the excellent feedback Rachel has received includes comments such as:

“It was a pleasure to work with you and your team. You were the one person that we felt supported by and it made a big difference to both of us. We are eternally grateful.” – consultant witnesses of gynaecological case.

“I would like to thank you and counsel for your fantastic support. I could not have had a better team” – local NHS trust clinician.

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