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Carol Brooks-Johnson

Partner - Head of Clinical Negligence

Carol Brooks-Johnson

Partner - Head of Clinical Negligence

Carol Brooks-Johnson is a partner and head of the Clinical Negligence Department – a department that undertakes all types of negligence claims against individual medical practitioners and institutions.

After obtaining a law degree from the University of Birmingham, and attending the College of Law in Chester, Carol was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and began working in Leeds.

Over the past 25 years she has worked mainly in the north of England but did relocate temporarily to Australia – being admitted as a solicitor and barrister in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Prior to going to Australia, Carol had been a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel for 18 years.

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Zeeshan Anwar

Associate Solicitor

Zeeshan Anwar

Associate Solicitor

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Richard Lewis

Associate Solicitor

Richard Lewis

Associate Solicitor

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Andrew Hesketh

Associate Solicitor

Andrew Hesketh

Associate Solicitor

Andrew Hesketh is an Associate Solicitor in our Medical Negligence team, who started with Express Solicitors in June 2021.

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 2002, after graduating from the University of Hull in LLB Law in 1999, and then studying his LPC at the College of Law in Chester. He brings 19 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury and Medical Negligence work, working for both Claimant and Defendant firms.

He is dedicated to seeking to ensure the best possible outcome for those clients he represents and has dealt with a wide range of complex medical negligence claims, including being involved in dealing with claims valued in excess of £1M in damages.

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Kausar Choudhry

Associate Solicitor

Kausar Choudhry

Associate Solicitor

I am an Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team. I have joined Express Solicitors in October 2021. I graduated with LLB in 2010 from Staffordshire University and I completed my LPC with distinction. I qualified as a solicitor in 2015. Whilst in training, I realized that specializing in clinical negligence is a great combination of two professions, medical and legal. I deal with a variety of complex claims, in ranging values from fast track to multitrack, some of my recent cases included brain injury, orthopaedic cases, cancer delays, gynaecological, Sepsis, organ damage and bowel perforation during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. General surgery, delayed prognosis, hypoglycaemic and hypoxic injury, negligent nursing care, claims against GP/NHS, incorrect prescriptions, dental treatment, fatal claims and cosmetic surgical errors. Many of these cases understandably involve psychiatrist element to them.

It is a great feeling to help my clients to seek some sort of closure to what has happened to them who are sometimes left with life changing injuries. Whether that includes obtaining compensation to help them get better from the injuries they have suffered or finally getting some answers about the treatment they received, or even an apology from the negligence party, it is all of huge importance to clients and I feel we take a journey together to get those answers. Compensation is only a part of the story for our clients.

I pride myself on providing excellent client care to my clients. I am committed to assisting each of my clients’ to achieve justice for injuries caused by medical negligence.

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Sarah Smith

Associate Solicitor

Sarah Smith

Associate Solicitor

Sarah Smith is an Associate Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence Team having joined in November 2021.

Sarah was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 having obtained an LLB in Law & Italian at the University of Cardiff, and attending the College of Law, York, .

With more than 21 years’ experience, Sarah takes pride in treating her clients with empathy and compassion at a time of extreme upset and uncertainty She believes it is essential to build strong working relationships from the outset. She also strives to maximise compensation on behalf of clients and ensures that claims are dealt with efficiently.

Away from work, Sarah spends time with her family. She enjoys cooking and keeping fit.

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Emma Barnard

Trainee Solicitor

Emma Barnard

Trainee Solicitor

Emma Barnard is a Trainee Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in September 2017.

When asked what she likes best about her role, Emma commented “I am very lucky to work in such a professional, knowledgeable and supportive team. The clinical negligence team members are compassionate, hardworking and good humored. I have learnt so much from them and will continue to do so. The most rewarding part of my job is to be able to help make a difference for a client, which could potentially be life-changing and significantly improve their quality of life.”

Emma started with us in September 2017 in our New Client Team enabling her to gain a solid understanding of a variety of personal injury claims. She then moved to the Clinical Negligence team in December 2017. In September 2018 Emma then got promoted to a Litigation Executive and has recently been given a Training Contract in March 2020 within the Clinical Negligence department.

“My empathetic, patient and logical nature allows me to build relationships with clients and solve problems pragmatically. When I worked as a Physiotherapist, I witnessed the day to day challenges that clients experienced accessing work, home and their communities. This has provided me with an in depth understanding of medical and functional information that will assist in a successful clinical negligence claim. I have a particular specialism in claims relating to neurological, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries.”

Before joining at Express Solicitors Emma gained a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2001, and a Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Emma was a practising Physiotherapist for Fifteen years working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2016 Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law, and recently obtained an LPC from BPP University.

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Lauren Taylor

Litigation Executive

Lauren Taylor

Litigation Executive

Lauren Taylor is a Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence Department at Express Solicitors, who joined in May 2021.

Lauren first became interested in law when she was studying at college. After obtaining a bachelors honours degree in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire, she decided to pursue a career in law.

Lauren’s experience for the past 5 years has been solely in clinical negligence on behalf of claimants. In 2018, Lauren decided to gain professional qualifications alongside working and began studying to become a CILEX Fellow.

Lauren has worked on low value, high value and complex cases including birth, orthopaedic, amputation, GPs, and gynaecology to name a few. However, Lauren have a lot of experience dealing with cases relating to insertion of mesh which has recently been in the media. She is experienced in dealing with both single defendants and multiple defendants and acting on behalf of deceased’s families.

Lauren prides herself on providing good customer care to her clients. She believes it is very important to build a rapport with a client from the outset. Lauren also prides herself on being able to emphasise with clients, understanding it can be a very worrying time and aims to put their mind at rest as much as possible.

Lauren really enjoy working in clinical negligence and could not imagine doing anything else. She loves working hard to get an outcome for a client that they deserve after being through such a difficult time.

A lot of Lauren’s spare time is taken up with studying for her professional qualifications, however when she does get time to herself, she likes going for walks along the canal or in the park with her dog. Lauren enjoys spending time with her friends and family; including watching live music, going out for meals, having a spa day and going on holidays. Lauren also like learning new skills; having previously completed a photography course in her spare time to enhance her skills.

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Abigail Williams

Litigation Assistant

Abigail Williams

Litigation Assistant

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Andrea Russell

PA to Carol Brooks-Johnson

Andrea Russell

PA to Carol Brooks-Johnson

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Kim Garside

PA to Clinical Negligence Team

Kim Garside

PA to Clinical Negligence Team

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Nadia Valentine

Legal Assistant

Nadia Valentine

Legal Assistant

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Carol Brooks-Johnson

Partner - Head of Clinical Negligence

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Carol Brooks-Johnson is a partner and head of the Clinical Negligence Department – a department that undertakes all types of negligence claims against individual medical practitioners and institutions.

After obtaining a law degree from the University of Birmingham, and attending the College of Law in Chester, Carol was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and began working in Leeds.

Over the past 25 years she has worked mainly in the north of England but did relocate temporarily to Australia – being admitted as a solicitor and barrister in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Prior to going to Australia, Carol had been a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel for 18 years.

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Zeeshan Anwar

Associate Solicitor

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Richard Lewis

Associate Solicitor

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Andrew Hesketh

Associate Solicitor

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Andrew Hesketh is an Associate Solicitor in our Medical Negligence team, who started with Express Solicitors in June 2021.

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 2002, after graduating from the University of Hull in LLB Law in 1999, and then studying his LPC at the College of Law in Chester. He brings 19 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury and Medical Negligence work, working for both Claimant and Defendant firms.

He is dedicated to seeking to ensure the best possible outcome for those clients he represents and has dealt with a wide range of complex medical negligence claims, including being involved in dealing with claims valued in excess of £1M in damages.

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Kausar Choudhry

Associate Solicitor

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I am an Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team. I have joined Express Solicitors in October 2021. I graduated with LLB in 2010 from Staffordshire University and I completed my LPC with distinction. I qualified as a solicitor in 2015. Whilst in training, I realized that specializing in clinical negligence is a great combination of two professions, medical and legal. I deal with a variety of complex claims, in ranging values from fast track to multitrack, some of my recent cases included brain injury, orthopaedic cases, cancer delays, gynaecological, Sepsis, organ damage and bowel perforation during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. General surgery, delayed prognosis, hypoglycaemic and hypoxic injury, negligent nursing care, claims against GP/NHS, incorrect prescriptions, dental treatment, fatal claims and cosmetic surgical errors. Many of these cases understandably involve psychiatrist element to them.

It is a great feeling to help my clients to seek some sort of closure to what has happened to them who are sometimes left with life changing injuries. Whether that includes obtaining compensation to help them get better from the injuries they have suffered or finally getting some answers about the treatment they received, or even an apology from the negligence party, it is all of huge importance to clients and I feel we take a journey together to get those answers. Compensation is only a part of the story for our clients.

I pride myself on providing excellent client care to my clients. I am committed to assisting each of my clients’ to achieve justice for injuries caused by medical negligence.

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Sarah Smith

Associate Solicitor

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Sarah Smith is an Associate Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence Team having joined in November 2021.

Sarah was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 having obtained an LLB in Law & Italian at the University of Cardiff, and attending the College of Law, York, .

With more than 21 years’ experience, Sarah takes pride in treating her clients with empathy and compassion at a time of extreme upset and uncertainty She believes it is essential to build strong working relationships from the outset. She also strives to maximise compensation on behalf of clients and ensures that claims are dealt with efficiently.

Away from work, Sarah spends time with her family. She enjoys cooking and keeping fit.

Emma Barnard

Trainee Solicitor

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Emma Barnard is a Trainee Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in September 2017.

When asked what she likes best about her role, Emma commented “I am very lucky to work in such a professional, knowledgeable and supportive team. The clinical negligence team members are compassionate, hardworking and good humored. I have learnt so much from them and will continue to do so. The most rewarding part of my job is to be able to help make a difference for a client, which could potentially be life-changing and significantly improve their quality of life.”

Emma started with us in September 2017 in our New Client Team enabling her to gain a solid understanding of a variety of personal injury claims. She then moved to the Clinical Negligence team in December 2017. In September 2018 Emma then got promoted to a Litigation Executive and has recently been given a Training Contract in March 2020 within the Clinical Negligence department.

“My empathetic, patient and logical nature allows me to build relationships with clients and solve problems pragmatically. When I worked as a Physiotherapist, I witnessed the day to day challenges that clients experienced accessing work, home and their communities. This has provided me with an in depth understanding of medical and functional information that will assist in a successful clinical negligence claim. I have a particular specialism in claims relating to neurological, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries.”

Before joining at Express Solicitors Emma gained a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2001, and a Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Emma was a practising Physiotherapist for Fifteen years working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2016 Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law, and recently obtained an LPC from BPP University.

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Lauren Taylor

Litigation Executive

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Lauren Taylor is a Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence Department at Express Solicitors, who joined in May 2021.

Lauren first became interested in law when she was studying at college. After obtaining a bachelors honours degree in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire, she decided to pursue a career in law.

Lauren’s experience for the past 5 years has been solely in clinical negligence on behalf of claimants. In 2018, Lauren decided to gain professional qualifications alongside working and began studying to become a CILEX Fellow.

Lauren has worked on low value, high value and complex cases including birth, orthopaedic, amputation, GPs, and gynaecology to name a few. However, Lauren have a lot of experience dealing with cases relating to insertion of mesh which has recently been in the media. She is experienced in dealing with both single defendants and multiple defendants and acting on behalf of deceased’s families.

Lauren prides herself on providing good customer care to her clients. She believes it is very important to build a rapport with a client from the outset. Lauren also prides herself on being able to emphasise with clients, understanding it can be a very worrying time and aims to put their mind at rest as much as possible.

Lauren really enjoy working in clinical negligence and could not imagine doing anything else. She loves working hard to get an outcome for a client that they deserve after being through such a difficult time.

A lot of Lauren’s spare time is taken up with studying for her professional qualifications, however when she does get time to herself, she likes going for walks along the canal or in the park with her dog. Lauren enjoys spending time with her friends and family; including watching live music, going out for meals, having a spa day and going on holidays. Lauren also like learning new skills; having previously completed a photography course in her spare time to enhance her skills.

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Abigail Williams

Litigation Assistant

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Andrea Russell

PA to Carol Brooks-Johnson

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Kim Garside

PA to Clinical Negligence Team

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Nadia Valentine

Legal Assistant

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