Personal Injury Solicitors | Medical Negligence Claims

30 years on

Scrivenger Seabrook Solicitors was founded in 1988 and celebrated its 30th year of specialist clinical negligence and injury litigation legal services at the end of last year. Director Marc Folgate reflects.

“The practice was originally set up and attracted instructions from Defendant NHS Trusts, defending claims against them. My fellow Director Vicki Seabrook had worked as a lawyer for the Royal College of Nursing. That was before my time. However, when I came to the practice in 2001 it was re-inventing itself as a Claimant-based firm. I was aware of its formidable reputation and the chance to go there to assist with the change in focus was one I had to take”.

Much has changed in the field since 1988. At that time Legal Aid was still available for Claimants wishing to bring injury claims, provided that they were financially eligible. He went on to explain.

“Today public funding is only available in a very limited set of circumstances in the field of clinical negligence, to Claimants with severely compromising injuries. At one stage the scope of Legal Aid was much wider. Then the government allowed the introduction Conditional Fee Agreements, commonly known as No Win, No Fee agreements. It was thought that Legal Aid could be dispensed with in most injury claim cases. Gradually the scope of public funding even for clinical negligence work has been whittled down”.

Originally a Defendant would have to pay a Claimant’s success fee under a Conditional Fee Agreement but in 2013 success fees became non-recoverable from Defendants and had to be deducted from damages. Marc has seen a steady shift, as he advises here.

“The ground has shifted away from Claimants and members of the public over to insurance companies and the Treasury. Recoverable costs have been capped. Success fees are now paid out of damages. This was one of the benefits of fierce lobbying by the insurance industry. A Government intent on public spending reduction was all too ready to accommodate that lobbying to serve its own interests in reducing the financial impact to the Treasury from clinical negligence claims. It has been extraordinary how we have been expected to cope with and implement so many changes. But here we are, still serving the needs of Claimants, thirty years on, I am pleased to say”.

 

“Proven experts particularly in high value compensation cases and severe injury claims”

YOUR TEAM OF EXPERT CLAIM SOLICITORS

  • Vicki Seabrook
    Vicki Seabrook
    Solicitor
  • Marc Folgate
    Marc Folgate
    Solicitor
  • Sarah Newcombe
    Sarah Newcombe
    Solicitor

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Vicki Seabrook
Solicitor

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Vicki was admitted as a solicitor in 1979. She was a legal adviser to the Royal College of Nursing and gained experience as a clinical negligence lawyer with a number of firms before founding Scrivenger Seabrook in 1989 and becoming Managing Director when the firm was incorporated in 2010. Vicki and her dedicated legal team are involved in a wide variety of clinical negligence claims. She specialises in dealing with high value complex cases and has been widely acknowledged by the Legal 500 and Chambers directory as a leader in her field. Vicki recently succeeded in securing a settlement for a child with severe brain damage worth in excess of £8 million.

‘The UK needs expert niche firms like this’, say clients of Scrivenger Seabrook Limited, which ‘goes the extra mile’. The ‘tenacious, realistic and sensitive’ Vicki Seabrook, who is ‘in a class of her own’, secured damages exceeding £1m in a case involving a GP’s maladministration of drugs.”

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Marc Folgate
Solicitor

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Marc joined the practice in 2001 having specialised in personal injury litigation at firms in Northamptonshire and Peterborough. He has been involved in a £2.1 million assessment of damages case in the High Court and has taken a disputed liability case to the Court of Appeal. He now undertakes mainly personal injury litigation for Claimants and also some clinical negligence work. He has a particular specialism in higher value claims such as those involving brain or spinal injury.
Marc is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and has regularly featured on BBC local radio discussions about compensation and liability topics as well as making an appearance on Look East.

“Scrivenger Seabrook Limited ‘consistently punches above its weight, and has a high level of client care’. The ‘particularly adept’ Marc Folgate has ‘insight, intelligence and an impressive client base, and is comfortable running high-pressure and high-value cases – defendants have to think twice before taking him on’. Among many highlights, the team settled a £550,000 catastrophic claim involving regional pain syndrome.”

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Sarah Newcombe
Solicitor

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Sarah is a highly experienced clinical negligence lawyer. She worked as a staff nurse for a number of years before studying law and it was natural for her to enter the field of clinical negligence litigation on being admitted as a solicitor in 1991. Sarah trained and worked with a large firm of solicitors in London before joining Scrivenger Seabrook in 1998. Sarah works exclusively in the field of clinical negligence. Her knowledge of medicine is considerable and she has the added advantage as a lawyer of having practical experience of NHS and private hospital practice.
Sarah deals with a very wide range of clinical negligence claims including Fatal Accidents Act claims, cosmetic surgery, dental claims, orthopaedic surgery and high value claims involving children with birth asphyxia.

“At Scrivenger Seabrook Limited, Sarah Newcombe is ‘always professional, honest, patient and supportive’. Highlights included a £450,000 settlement for negligent foot surgery.”

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