Prior to joining Chambers, Heather worked for two recognised insurance law firms in London, where she was instructed in almost every conceivable type of claim that might be expected in a defendant insurance practice.
She has built on that experience during her time at 42 Bedford Row, where she has a busy court practice and regularly advises on paper and in conference across the range of her practice areas.
Heather has considerable experience of conducting detailed analysis of extensive papers and has particular interest in complex medical matters.
Inquests now form an increasingly large proportion of Heather’s work.
Most of her inquests are heard with juries; she is familiar with the particular issues arising in Article 2 inquests, being regularly instructed in respect of inquests arising out of deaths across the secure estate. She also has experience in matters involving health and safety legislation, acting for families, companies, and local authorities.
Heather also regularly appears in non-jury inquests, acting for families, NHS trusts, insurance companies, and individual interested parties in inquests arising from, for example, road traffic accidents and deaths in hospitals.
Heather’s personal injury practice encompasses a broad range of claims, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, and public liability matters, as well as fatal accidents. She has a busy court practice, appearing in fast-track and multi-track trials and interim hearings on a very regular basis.
She has developed particular experience in dealing with matters where fundamental dishonesty and/or fraud is raised and is regularly instructed to advise in these matters in addition to her court work.
Away from the court room, Heather is frequently instructed to advise in conference and on paper in respect of quantum and liability in high-value claims, and particularly enjoys the forensic analysis of high volumes of information. She is also instructed in joint settlement meetings, and has acted, without a leader, in several cases valued more than £1m.
Heather is happy to consider accepting instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate.
The majority of Heather’s clinical negligence practice sees her acting on behalf of defendants (both in the public and private sector), although she also acts for claimants (including on a CFA where appropriate). She particularly enjoys dealing with matters concerning complex medical issues, and has been instructed in respect of a wide range of alleged breaches of duty including surgical negligence, failure to diagnose, and consent issues.
She has particular experience in dealing with cases concerning cosmetic surgery and the specific issues that arise in such cases regarding patient expectations and consent.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Heather practised as a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) and was instructed by local authorities, private companies, and private insurers to deal with construction and engineering matters involving, inter alia, fire, loss of property, floods and water damage, and property damage. She was a researcher for the Supplement to the 8th Edition of Keating on Construction Contracts.
Heather is frequently instructed to advise in respect of contractual disputes arising particularly in the construction sector.
Heather has a growing practice in respect of damage to utility companies’ infrastructure, whether caused by private individuals or commercial entities.