Alice Dobbie

Call 2007

dobbie@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Clinical Negligence

Alice accepts cases of considerable complexity, and has a particular interest in brain injuries. She is regularly instructed by insurers in subtle brain injury cases, especially where the claim includes significant future losses or there are conflicting neurological and neuropsychological opinions. Her practice also encompasses surgical and dental negligence, including where children are involved.

Her extensive personal injury fraud practice makes her the ideal choice of counsel where insurers suspect exaggeration in high value clinical negligence cases. She is familiar with cases where fraud allegations crystallise at a late stage, or where an insurer’s fraud suspicions attach only to a part of the pleaded case (such as schedules for future care or future loss of earnings).

She has a strong paperwork practice and is able to turn around complex pleadings, counter-schedules and Part 35 drafting on tight deadlines. Her proactive approach also includes advising on costs budgeting at the outset of a case.

Clinical Negligence cases

S v A NHS Spinal Surgeon (2019) Newcastle County Court: acting for the Defendant surgeon who allegedly performed an operation negligently, leaving a Claimant with permanent disability. Case ongoing, listed for multi-day trial.

R v M (2019) Manchester County Court: acting for Defendant in £1m subtle brain injury case. Claimant was an entrepreneur at the time of the accident. Multiple experts for both sides, including neuropsychologists and forensic accountants. Case ongoing, listed for multi-day trial.

M v Y (2018) Manchester County Court: acted for Claimant in high value infant case arising out of an accident that severely damaged several teeth. There was expert dispute around whether removal of the non-vital teeth was appropriate.