Vanessa McKinlay


Vanessa McKinlay

Head of Clinical Negligence Practice Group
Call
 2000 (Middle Temple)
Qualifications LLB and Bar Vocational Course at the University of the West of England. Harmsworth Scholar Middle Temple. LL.M Medical Law, Cardiff University
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association. AvMA and Bristol Medico-Legal Society

Expertise


Vanessa has an extensive practice in claimant and defendant work.  She deals with all aspects of clinical negligence arising in NHS hospitals (including mental health units), GP surgeries and other primary care centres, private clinics, dental surgeries and ambulance services.  She regularly provides representation at inquests.

Recent cases include:

  • Bowel perforation following gynaecological surgery.
  • Lithium therapy leading to end stage renal failure.
  • Misdiagnosis of malignant melanoma.
  • Peripheral neuropathy following drug misprescription.
  • Testicular atrophy following hernia surgery.

Recommendations

  • “Her kind and very thoughtful approach to claims makes an often frustrating process more bearable for the client. I would not hesitate to recommend her.” “Particular strengths are her pragmatic approach, being able to filter out the wheat from the chaff and boil it down so she can give practical advice in understandable terms.” “Her medical background is really helpful in cases with technical medical issues.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2018)
  • “Clear and concise yet approachable and reassuring.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2017)
  • “Vanessa draws on experience as a former senior physiotherapist in the NHS when addressing technical and complex claims, and is recognised for expertise in medical law. Head of the practice group, she represents claimant and defendant clients. ‘She has the ability to dilute information down and cut to the chase.’ ‘Her background as a former physiotherapist stands her in good stead for grasping medical issues; she gets experts onboard quite easily.’ ” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2017) 
  • “Vanessa is a robust and clever negotiator, who gets outstanding results.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2016)
  • “Vanessa has a strong clinical background bolstered by her experience as a senior physiotherapist in the NHS. ‘Her medical background is extremely helpful, since it means she grasps the medical issues so quickly and easily.’ ‘Her client care is excellent. She gets down to the crux of the problem and ignores the peripheral elements.’ ‘Fantastic on her feet – a very good advocate.’ ” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2016)
  • “Vanessa is really good in cross-examination.” Legal 500, Personal injury and Clinical Negligence (2015)
  • “Vanessa Leads the set’s clinical negligence group, and benefits from her prior experience as a senior physiotherapist at the NHS. She is commended for her ability to swiftly grasp complex technical and medical concepts. ‘She deals with issues in sensitive areas and has proven to be very good with clients.” “She has a thorough and methodical approach. She can get very tough with experts in conference, but she is very well balanced.'” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2015)

 

Vanessa regularly provides representation at inquests, including Article 2 and jury inquests.  She is experienced in cases involving deaths in hospital (including psychiatric units) and deaths in which questions arise regarding GP and ambulance service care.  Vanessa regularly undertakes inquests on a conditional fee basis.

Vanessa is experienced in employers’ liability claims, road traffic matters, occupiers’ liability and fatal accidents. She has particular expertise in cases involving complex medical issues. She regularly provides representation at inquests on a conditional fee basis.

Recommendations

  • “Vanessa is a robust and clever negotiator, who gets outstanding results.” Legal 500, Personal injury and clinical negligence (2016)

Practice Overview

Vanessa worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in the NHS before studying law and being called to the Bar in 2000.  She leads a successful and expanding clinical negligence practice group.  She brings a strong medical knowledge to her extensive clinical negligence practice and to personal injury cases in which complex medical issues arise and is a trained mediator.

“Her kind and very thoughtful approach to claims makes an often frustrating process more bearable for the client. I would not hesitate to recommend her.” “Particular strengths are her pragmatic approach, being able to filter out the wheat from the chaff and boil it down so she can give practical advice in understandable terms.” “Her medical background is really helpful in cases with technical medical issues.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2018)