Lisa Sullivan

Year of Call: 1997

PRACTICE AREAS

Clinical Negligence | Personal Injury | Professional Discipline

HIGHLIGHTS

"She's clear and decisive on case management and has an effective, no-nonsense cross-examination style. She has a phenomenal ability to grasp technical medical details." "She fights hard for her clients." "Very easy to work with." Chambers & Partners 2020

"Excellent in conferences involving multiple experts." "She has great attention to detail." Legal 500 2020

OVERVIEW

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.

REFERENCES

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

Chambers & Partners 2020: "She's clear and decisive on case management and has an effective, no-nonsense cross-examination style. She has a phenomenal ability to grasp technical medical details." "She fights hard for her clients." "Very easy to work with."

Legal 500 2020: "Excellent in conferences involving multiple experts." "She has great attention to detail."

Chambers & Partners 2019: (Personal Injury) "Handles a broad case-load of catastrophic injury claims arising from RTAs and accidents at work. She is recommended for her grasp of complex liability and quantum issues, and has devoted much of her time to representing claimants." "She's tenacious and a very good advocate with great attention to detail." "She's good at looking at individual issues and finding a way to a solution."

(Clinical Negligence) "Highly skilled barrister, who routinely tackles high-value delayed diagnosis of cancer cases, as well as highly complex abdominal surgery and spinal injury claims. She is also adept at handling cerebral palsy cases." "She's just brilliant. She's incredibly bright, authoritative, careful and thorough. She inspires confidence." "Effective, no-nonsense cross-examination. She has a phenomenal ability to grasp technical medical detail, to engage with medical expert evidence."

Chambers & Partners 2018: "Highly skilled barrister, who routinely tackles high-value delayed diagnosis of cancer cases, as well as highly complex abdominal surgery and spinal injury claims. She is also adept at handling cerebral palsy cases." "Astute, efficient and intelligent in her advice." "Very bright and approachable."

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

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

Chambers & Partners 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 & Partners 2009: "focused, hard working advocate"

Chambers & Partners 2008: "fluent and confident beyond her years"

APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Deputy Queen's Bench Master (2016)

PIBA

AvMA

APIL

PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING

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

Contributor to Lewis and Buchan Clinical Negligence: A practical guide

QUALIFICATIONS

BA (Oxon)

HIGHLIGHT CASES

• 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).