Medical negligence specialist joins Simpson Millar LLP


Simpson Millar LLP has appointed medical negligence litigation specialist Cathie Delaney to help further grow its presence in Sheffield.

Caitlin (Cathie) Delaney, Partner Medical Negligence joins Simpson Millar LLPCathie joins Simpson Millar as a partner following 17 years with Irwin Mitchell where she earned a national reputation fighting cases on behalf of Erbs Palsy victims.

Only last year, Cathie, a former nurse and midwife secured a record six-figure payout for a 13-year-old girl who was left paralysed for life when medical staff acted negligently during her birth. During her career to date, she has represented more than 200 sufferers of Erb’s Palsy*.

"I have known and worked alongside Cathie on behalf of the Erb's Palsy Group since 1997 and am absolutely delighted that she finally agreed to join Simpson Millar. She is a first rate lawyer and completely dedicated to serving the needs of her clients," said Neil Fearn who is National Head of Clinical Negligence at Simpson Millar.

Cathie has significant experience and expertise in dealing with oncology, keyhole surgery and gynaecology claims. As well as litigating claims, Cathie has experience in representing clients at mediation. She is also well-regarded by her peers for her work with children with Cerebral Palsy. In July 2011, she secured a seven-figure settlement for a young girl who was born with brain damage due to mismanagement at birth.

Simpson Millar’s managing partner Peter Watson said: "Cathie is going to be a real asset to the firm and brings with her a wealth of experience in medical litigation. It’s particularly valuable to have someone on the team who has experience of both clinical practice and litigation. As a trained midwife and nurse she has firsthand knowledge of many medical procedures, giving her a unique insight and understanding of the impact of negligence.

"For a decade and a half Cathie has fought tirelessly for victims of medical negligence. Her dedication and commitment has ensured hospital Trusts are held to account for their actions, apologies are made to victims and compensation is secured. She will continue to fight such important cases on behalf of Simpson Millar clients as well as leading our Sheffield office."

Cathie, who is also a trained teacher, qualified as a solicitor in 1996 following 17 years in Clinical and Educational Nursing practice. She was awarded a BSc in Human Sciences from University College London before completing a Masters degree in Socio-Legal studies at the University of Birmingham. She completed the Common Professional Exam and Law Society Finals at the College of Law at Guildford.

"I’m relishing the challenge of working with the Simpson Millar team," said Cathie. "Over the years I’ve watched the firm grow and thrive while all the time retaining the personal touch which is so important when running sensitive medical negligence cases. It’s very much a people oriented firm with a dynamic and forward thinking approach to client care and to the manner in which cases are fought."

Cathie has strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and has been a Clinical Legal Supervisor for their ‘Law in Practice’ module since its inception in 2007. She also lectures to Postgraduate students of Midwifery at the University of Nottingham and lectures both locally and nationally on legal and professional issues to members of the Medical and Legal professions.

Since 2006, Cathie has been listed Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession: a directory that identifies the world’s leading lawyers and most proficient Personal Injury solicitors. In 2011 the guide referred to her as being ‘professionalism personified’ and ‘highly regarded for her work on birth injury and cancer claims’.

Following completion of a mediation course in October, Cathie will also be able to offer a full mediation service to Simpson Millar clients.

*Damage to the main nerves of the upper arm resulting in transient or permanent paralysis can be caused by a practitioner’s failure to follow proper steps and procedures when a baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone during delivery.

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