What makes a Consultant Law Society Clinical Negligence Panels Specialist different from other lawyers? Well, typically a freelance Consultant Lawyer does not work for huge city centre multiple discipline firm with hundreds of paralegals, secretary's and admin staff. They do not have a human resource department, a marketing department, a payroll department or a company accountant. They are self employed Consultant Medical Lawyers, they don't work on personal injury claims or umpteen other things, they genuinely are real specialists with low overheads and first class reputations. They forge alliances with strong firms that allow them to focus on highly complex and high value Medical, Surgical and Dental Claims.
Real specialist Medical lawyers belong to one of 2 specialist panels; these are the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the AV M non lawyer Panel. They all have to pass a Medical law scrutiny program which checks our previous cases and reviews a portfolio of legal work, it has minimum standards for Medical legal conduct and lawyer knowledge. With very strict standards for all lawyers who work only in medical cases. They all have to commit to 16 hours of Medical specific training above and beyond legal training every year. There are nearly 100,000 lawyers in England and Wales of various levels of qualification but only about 500 genuine specialist lawyers in Medical - Clinical Law.
"Not the first Solicitor I spoke too, however, the first one that knew what a midline episiotomy was and when it should be performed.."
"It was such a relief talking to someone who actually understood the situation I was in and the treatment I should have received, It gave me confidence and helped me to get to grips with the statement.."
"Thankyou for taking the time to spell things out simply, I did not have to ask for this and you made really made me feel that I was in the middle of things..."
So, if you contact a lawyer through Law-Med Solicitors, you access a unique funding structure (because only a lawyer Medical Panel member can get this) you access unique experience and qualifications and you access a lawyer with the highest standards of client care and reputation.
As Consultant lawyers Panel Members have much lower volumes of client files that city lawyers at big firms, they can dedicate real time to Medical research and to representation and when it comes to it to legal negotiation as well. They dont have targets to hit or admin staff to support and your claim will be run by a Solicitor and not a paralegal or legal clerk. Other lawyers firms envy this because they have a lot of non lawyer weight to carry. Consultant Panel Members don't, when you call, a Solicitor answers, not a receptionist, when you email, a Solicitor answers, not a paralegal or "litigation executive", when you want to talk to someone, its a Solicitor not a manager or secretary.
Ultimately for every Medical Lawyer these days, reputation comes second place to being top on Google. The worst of everything you will ever buy is often among the first search results on the engine. What we believe we can all agree on is; if you are going to be stuck with a Medical lawyer for at least 6 months, you had better be sure its someone you can respect and someone you trust. We believe that is us, call us and see if you agree..
Who is Graham Balmforth?
Mr Graham G Balmforth, BA (Hons) LLB (Hons), DipFMS (Glasgow) Msc. (F.Med) Solicitor Advocate, is a dual qualified Solicitor and Barrister. He is an approved and accredited member of the Specialist Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. For the last 12 years he has run the Dental and Medical Negligence teams at the National firm of Applebys Solicitors and he continues with this firm and several others as a Senior Consultant Solicitor on high value and complex claims.
He has high quality experience in complex litigation of very high value negligence actions (over £1 million) and he is regularly consulted by other firms on complex legal medical and medical forensic issues. He has run civil litigation actions at top 100 legal firms as well as smaller regional practices. He has previously been involved within legal forensic teams for human rights and war crimes prosecutions for government agencies. He lectures widely on issues of human tissue law as well as medical and dental law.
Mr Balmforth maintains strong links with the UK Academy of Forensic Medical Science and he is also a member of the Leeds and District Medico Legal Society as well as the London Medico-Legal Society. He sits as a full member of the Lay Advisory Group to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and is a Lay member of the Royal College Dental Surgical Council.