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 particular type of 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 was recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500. In 2017, Ben was the only lawyer in The “Next Generation Lawyer” section of Clinical Negligence in the North West.
At Express Solicitors Ltd, Ben Gent leads a team of ‘very effective litigators’ that is ‘professional, responsive and experienced”
Express Solicitors Ltd’s Ben Gent ‘has very quickly established a well-earned name for consistently high-quality advice that is always provided in a caring way’. Gent is ‘always prepared to go that extra mile for his clients and he shows great intuition of what his clients need’.
Ben is one of very few North West clinical negligence lawyers to be listed as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Legal 500. He is also 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 two 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 gather 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 a Medical Negligence team at an Australian firm for 3 years, before returning to the UK where he worked as a Partner at Simpson Millar.
Cases reported in Lawtel
Recent noteworthy cases
- NHS Fixed fees
- Negligent Appendix surgery wins client £325,000
- £1.9 Million after botched spinal surgery
- £180,000 after failed Cancer diagnosis
- £45,000 for client when hip surgery went wrong
- Medical records: Why its important
- Ben Gent Explains who the NHS litigation authority are
- Life after an Amputation
- Non financial reasons of making a claim
- Double death rate Cancer Surgeon under investigation
- £1.2m Dec 15. Interim payment in a cerebral Palsy case
- Fatal missed diagnosis of endocarditis Oct 15 £500,000 settlement
- Negligent appendix surgery £350,000 June 16
- Psychiatric injury sustained during traumatic delivery £80,000 Nov 15