Lisa Sullivan

Year of Call: 1997


Clinical Negligence | Personal Injury | Professional Discipline


Lisa Sullivan is a specialist in clinical negligence, personal injury and regulatory work.

Lisa has experience of a wide range of clinical negligence claims, from high-value cerebral palsy brain injury claims, spinal injury cases in particular cauda equina, to claims including: delayed diagnosis of cancer; negligent abdominal surgery; gynaecological injury; negligent hip and knee replacement surgeries; and dental negligence claims.

Her experience in personal injury covers road traffic claims and workplace claims, including severe brain and spinal injury, and serious lower limb injuries. Claims have included: fatal accident claims; secondary victim claims; manual handling claims; work equipment claims and occupational stress.

Lisa also has experience of a full range of quantum issues and in particular local authority care issues.

Lisa appears in inquests, in particular those linked to compensation claims. She has experience of jury inquests.

Lisa appears in the Care Standards Tribunal in cases involving fitness for registration, cancellation of registration and closure of care homes. Cases have included cancellation of registration for a child minder, refusal to register for non-disclosure of spent convictions and closures of care homes for widespread breaches of the regulations. Lisa also acts in CICA claims and has represented clients at mediations.

She has lectured on a variety of subjects including quantum, causation, limitation, capacity, Ogden 6 and the Provision and Use of Workplace Regulations. Lisa is an advocacy trainer for Inner Temple and on the South Eastern Circuit Advanced Advocacy Course.


Lisa is recommended in both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for clinical negligence and is listed as a leading junior in personal injury in Legal 500.

Chambers 2017:"She's a very skilful junior and is a good advocate." "She is very bright, approachable and clear."

Legal 500 2016: ‘Very sensible and incredibly hardworking.'

Chambers 2016: "She has an excellent grasp of the medical issues and is fantastic at working with experts. She always gets what she wants in court.” “Clients warm to her and her advocacy is robust and inspires confidence."

Legal 500 2015: She is able to assimilate a great deal of material at short notice, and deals with matters calmly and reassuringly; Very good at communicating with clients

Chambers 2013: The 'very client focused' Lisa Sulllivan wins the full backing of the market. Solicitors say that she always provides a clear and thorough treatment of the issues at hand.

Legal 500 2012: delivers 'thorough and clear advice'.

Chambers 2012: is a responsive, hardworking junior who is praised for working effectively as part of a team.

Chambers 2011: Renowned as an exceptionally bright practitioner who is very down to earth with clients.

Chambers 2010: "The "exceptionally bright" Lisa Sullivan has impressed sources with her "down to earth manner with clients"."

Legal 500 2010: "excellent leading junior" and "practical yet detailed"

Chambers 2009: "focused, hard working advocate"

Chambers 2008: "fluent and confident beyond her years


Deputy Queen's Bench Master (2016)



Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service, chapter on limitation (with Patricia Hitchcock)

Contributor to Lewis and Buchan Clinical Negligence: A practical guide


BA (Oxon)


• Pringle v Nestor Prime Care [2014] EWHC 1308. Successful clinical negligence liability trial for claimant who suffered amputations at the foot following a delay in treatment of meningococcal septicaemia. Issues included the appropriate standard of care for an out of hours telephone triage service and in respect of causation, material contribution to injury. APIL highlight case of 2014 at its annaul clincial negligence conference.
• Crofton v NHSLA [2007] EWCA (Civ) 71.
Case on the impact of local authority provision of care or direct payments on a tortfeasor's liability for care costs; and on whether damages and the income arising from them should be taken into account by the local authority in assessing the need for care and in the assessment of means. At first instance won Sowden issues as to whether existing local authority funded case was equivalent to adequate compensation (led by Dr Simon Taylor QC).
• Collins v Plymouth City Council [2009] EWHC 3279 (Admin).
Judicial review case on Crofton issue. Successfully defended claim that the Council's decision to take income from his personal injury award into account when assessing his means for charging for non-residential care was unlawful.
• T [2017] catastrophic brain injury suffered during RTA. Settlement including PPO of £360,000 pa (led by Gerard McDermott QC)
• T [2016] cauda equina injury. settled for £1.5 million and PPOs
• Stratton [2016] delayed diagnosis of meningitis in young baby leading to cerebral palsy. Liability, causation and quantum were in issue. First periodical payment given by MDU without other insurer (led by Simon Taylor QC)
• G [2015] brain injury settlement of £1.2 million plus PPOs following never event (led by Robin Oppenheim QC)
• H [2015] Jury Inquest and fatal accident claim for parents of young boy killed in a clothing store by a falling mirror
• B v Hospital Foundation Trust (Unreported)
Incomplete tetraplegia following missed spinal fracture in a 69 year old. Settled for £1.1 million.
• B v S NHS Trust (Unreported)
Claim for orthopedic injuries following failed suicide attempt by patient in psychiatric ward. Settled for around £150,000.
• A v X NHS Trust (Unreported 26.2.09).
Cerebral palsy claim. 55% settlement. Settled for a lump sum of £1,300,000 and periodical payments, amounting to an equivalent of around £3.2 million (led by Dr Simon Taylor QC).
• R v CICA (unreported 16.9.08)
Contested 1990 scheme CICA assessment of quantum. Claimant suffered severe head injury as baby and was awarded £2,620,627(led by Dr Simon Taylor QC).