Kimberley Donaldson is a key member of Thompsons Solicitors’ Birmingham-based clinical negligence team, led by Linda Miliband, a lawyer with long experience in serious injury and clinical negligence cases.
As part of her work covering the West Midlands, Kimberley has been involved in a wide range of clinical negligence cases, but she has also gained considerable experience in cases involving personal injury and employment law.
Recently Kimberley has concentrated largely on the high profile case involving the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson, who was responsible for carrying out botched or unnecessary breast operations.
Kimberley and her colleagues, who also specialise in criminal negligence, made it their business to keep all of Thompsons Solicitors’ 500 Paterson case clients informed of the latest legal developments. They continue to keep in personal contact through a McMillan cancer charity group run by one of Thompsons’ clients.
Thompsons Solicitors’ values as the UK’s most experienced trade union law firm are of great importance to Kimberley. She points out that as part of those values, Thompsons only works on behalf of claimants. The firm is also active in political, industrial and legal campaigns aimed at improving the lives of those it represents, such as the “Feeding Fat Cats” and the “Patients Before Profits” campaigns.
Kimberley says that Thompsons is far more client-focused than other firms of solicitors. “I am not motivated primarily by money and neither are my colleagues,” she says.
Away from the cut and thrust of legal work, Kimberley likes reading, music and being outdoors with her children.
KIMBERLEY’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Ian Paterson claims: In May 2017 disgraced breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent, in respect of his private practice at Spire Healthcare hospitals in the West Midlands. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment following a Court of Appeal hearing in August 2017.
Kimberley was involved in helping hundreds of clients who suffered from Paterson’s botched or inappropriate breast cancer surgery.
The private healthcare company, which ran the hospital at which Paterson practised, was found liable for his negligence.
The NHS was also found liable on the grounds that it allowed a negligent surgeon to continue to practise privately and therefore that its regulatory system failed. Some £37m in compensation was awarded.
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