Chris Thorne takes over as head of serious injury & medical negligence

Chris Thorne takes over as head of serious injury and medical negligence

Change of head of department for the serious injury and medical negligence team

Martin Pettingell, who has led the serious injury and clinical negligence department at Clarke Willmott in its various guises for more than 15 years, has stepped down as head of the department.

During Martin’s tenure there have been enormous changes both commercially and regulatory in the way the work is undertaken and it has been necessary to adapt to meet the challenges that these changes brought about. A process that will no doubt continue in the future.

Martin will be succeeded as head of the department by Partner, Chris Thorne. Chris, who joined Clarke Willmott in 2013, is a very highly regarded clinical negligence lawyer ranked in band 1 by the Chambers and Partners legal directory. He specialises in medical negligence claims, acting for victims of medical accidents with particular experience in complex birth, brain and spinal cord injuries.

The department provides a niche service to those who have suffered life changing injuries and is spread across the firm’s offices. Separated into two areas, the serious injury team is managed by Lee Hart and the clinical negligence team is managed by Kerry Fifield.

Martin said:

I am delighted that Chris has been appointed to succeed me. I am confident that he will lead the department through the next stages of its growth and development and continue to provide the excellence of client service that our fee earners are renowned for.

Martin will continue to work from Bristol specialising particularly in paediatric brain injury cases and will also act as a senior advocate for the teams.

Chris said:

Martin has successfully steered the department though some very turbulent times and has had the vision and foresight to ensure that we are now well placed to deliver a high quality service to clients. I am taking over a department that has a solid platform and a strategy for growth in the future. I am looking forward enormously to the task of leading the department in the years to come.

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