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Partner and solicitor in the medical negligence department and a member of the Devon & Exeter Medico Legal Society and the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel

Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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“People who come to us for help and advice often do so at a very difficult time in their lives. They may have lost someone they love, or suffered a significant or even catastrophic injury and be faced with a lifelong disability. In my experience what they need in a lawyer is someone who will give them frank, clear and practical advice. Someone they can rely on to fight to obtain answers, recognition of what went wrong and ultimately the appropriate compensation to secure their future.”

Clair has been recognised as a notable practitioner in the Chambers UK 2020 legal directory in which they say: “Clair Hemming ‘s expertise lies in cases surrounding injuries sustained at birth, with a particular focus on Erb’s palsy claims. Sources admire her ability to ‘handle difficult situations very well and calmly.’ “

Clair qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has acted for people at all stages of their lives, from infants and children right through to those in retirement. For those who have suffered injuries which range from a missed fracture to catastrophic brain damage. Her consistent, sympathetic and “human” approach puts her clients at ease, gains their trust, and helps to build a strong working relationship.

Notable cases:

  • Recovering £14.5 million in damages for a young man who suffered a subtle brain injury during his birth. The brain injury had not led to physical disability but caused problems with concentration/attention, behaviour and cognitive regulation, and personality. The young man suffered significant anxiety and psychological difficulties. The claim was compromised at 75% and at full value the claim was valued at £19.3 million.
  • Erb’s Palsy – Negotiating a £925,000 settlement on behalf of a 16 year boy with a serious brachial plexus palsy (at 2.5% discount rate). Securing £1.1 million in damages on behalf of an 18 year girl with Erb’s Palsy (-0.75% discount rate).
  • Securing damages of £215,000 for a lady who suffered neurological damage due to a delay in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome. Clair negotiated a settlement in a claim involving two separate Defendants without a formal admission of liability.
  • Acting in a claim against the MOD for failure to diagnose coronary artery disease in a RAF Warrant Officer who died in service on expedition following an heart attack. Substantial damages were secured for the officer’s widow.
  • Negotiating a settlement on behalf of two young boys in a claim against a GP in relation to prescribing errors, which it was alleged had caused their mother’s death.

Outside her work for the firm Clair is a Trustee of National Charity.

Accredited member of the Law Society Scheme for Clinical Negligence.
Member of the Devon & Exeter Medico Legal Society.

Call: 01392 667692

"From the moment I met you, I felt so confident in your ability as our legal expert but also was delighted to find that you are such a lovely person which made it an absolute pleasure having you at the helm, navigating our way through some pretty stormy seas. We have nothing but praise for the manner in which you conducted the case and I have already recommended you several times and will continue to do so going forward."

Mrs H, North Devon