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Ben Gent

Partner - Head of Medical Negligence

Ben Gent

Partner - Head of Medical Negligence

 

Ben Gent is a Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in February 2014. Ben specialises in medical law claims which include; injured patients and their relatives, complaints about medical care, and advice where patients have been refused a treatment often for reasons of cost. Ben has also acted for people who received negligent legal advice regarding settlement of personal injury and medical negligence claims.

Ben is a Law Society clinical negligence accredited specialist and a qualified solicitor advocate. He enjoys the challenge of acting in cases which other lawyers have turned down and has recovered damages in excess of £1,000,000 in cases where clients had previously received advice that there was no claim.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express Solicitors, Ben commented: “I enjoy standing up for the underdog against what is usually a more powerful and wealthier opponent. This is of increasing importance since the government’s changes have made it all the more difficult for ordinary people to force institutions to tell the truth and hold them accountable when mistakes have been made. The other aspect I enjoy is seeing first-hand the strength in adversity shown by injured people, and friends and families who look after them.”

When helping clients, Ben tries to get to the heart of the legal questions quickly, so they know exactly where they stand. Ben has acted for many patients where negligent care has caused serious neurological injury, often to children. Ben strives to gain an understanding of what day-to-day life can be like for his clients so that he can then advise on whether there are short term measures to give urgent help (e.g. immediate care provision or interim damages payments to organise better accommodation), as well as a longer term strategy for winning the case.

Ben studied Law at Oxford University before completing his training with a large commercial firm. He then went onto head up the medical negligence team at an Australian firm for 3 years, before returning to the UK where he worked as a partner at Simpson Millar.

 

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Anna Hansen

Partner

Anna Hansen

Partner

Anna Hansen is a Partner at Express Solicitors, where she specialises in clinical negligence cases. She conducts a caseload of various types involving mismanaged labour/birth injuries, mistakes made during surgery and delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Medical Science and is a dual-qualified solicitor of Australia and England & Wales.

Anna feels it is particularly important for clients who have suffered at the hands of negligence to have their questions answered.

Anna was mentioned in the 2017 Legal 500 where she was ranked as a Recommended Lawyer. The Legal 500 said:
Associate Anna Hansen is ‘thorough and very effective’ and is another key member of the team that is adept at handling high-value claims. Hansen demonstrates a ‘great insight into the key issues of the case’.

Anna was again mentioned in the 2018 Legal 500:

Anna Hansen is also recommended and has a varied case load. Anna advises on a broad range of cases such as mismanaged labour, mistakes made during surgery and delays in diagnosis and treatment.

 

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Zeeshan Anwar

Associate Solicitor

Zeeshan Anwar

Associate Solicitor

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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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Ben Gent

Partner - Head of Medical Negligence

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Ben Gent is a Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in February 2014. Ben specialises in medical law claims which include; injured patients and their relatives, complaints about medical care, and advice where patients have been refused a treatment often for reasons of cost. Ben has also acted for people who received negligent legal advice regarding settlement of personal injury and medical negligence claims.

Ben is a Law Society clinical negligence accredited specialist and a qualified solicitor advocate. He enjoys the challenge of acting in cases which other lawyers have turned down and has recovered damages in excess of £1,000,000 in cases where clients had previously received advice that there was no claim.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express Solicitors, Ben commented: “I enjoy standing up for the underdog against what is usually a more powerful and wealthier opponent. This is of increasing importance since the government’s changes have made it all the more difficult for ordinary people to force institutions to tell the truth and hold them accountable when mistakes have been made. The other aspect I enjoy is seeing first-hand the strength in adversity shown by injured people, and friends and families who look after them.”

When helping clients, Ben tries to get to the heart of the legal questions quickly, so they know exactly where they stand. Ben has acted for many patients where negligent care has caused serious neurological injury, often to children. Ben strives to gain an understanding of what day-to-day life can be like for his clients so that he can then advise on whether there are short term measures to give urgent help (e.g. immediate care provision or interim damages payments to organise better accommodation), as well as a longer term strategy for winning the case.

Ben studied Law at Oxford University before completing his training with a large commercial firm. He then went onto head up the medical negligence team at an Australian firm for 3 years, before returning to the UK where he worked as a partner at Simpson Millar.

 

Anna Hansen

Partner

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Anna Hansen is a Partner at Express Solicitors, where she specialises in clinical negligence cases. She conducts a caseload of various types involving mismanaged labour/birth injuries, mistakes made during surgery and delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Medical Science and is a dual-qualified solicitor of Australia and England & Wales.

Anna feels it is particularly important for clients who have suffered at the hands of negligence to have their questions answered.

Anna was mentioned in the 2017 Legal 500 where she was ranked as a Recommended Lawyer. The Legal 500 said:
Associate Anna Hansen is ‘thorough and very effective’ and is another key member of the team that is adept at handling high-value claims. Hansen demonstrates a ‘great insight into the key issues of the case’.

Anna was again mentioned in the 2018 Legal 500:

Anna Hansen is also recommended and has a varied case load. Anna advises on a broad range of cases such as mismanaged labour, mistakes made during surgery and delays in diagnosis and treatment.

 

Zeeshan Anwar

Associate Solicitor

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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.