Nick Fairweather

In brief

I founded the firm in April 2006 and became its CEO when we converted to an LLP in April 2011. I have a long established reputation as a Medical Negligence Solicitor often acting in high profile cases including group actions.

In the past

I studied law at Bristol Polytechnic, trained in Maidstone and qualified in December 1991. Soon after I joined Harman & Harman in Canterbury, where I was Managing Partner and headed their Medical Negligence Department before leaving to start my own firm.

My work at Harmans included the Kent and Canterbury Hospital cervical smear misreporting claims in which we successfully represented over 100 women in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

I frequently deal with maximum severity medical claims with my current caseload (December 2015) having an estimated value (capitalised) of over £20 million.

In Public

I regularly appear on local television and radio both in discussing my cases and as an expert on Medical Negligence and other legal matters.

Increasingly, our cases attract national media attention in publications such as Private Eye and the Sunday Times.

I am Chairman of the multi award winning Law Clinic at Kent University.

I have presented talks in the past on legal and medico – legal issues to both legal and medical audiences.

In Work

My work is primarily medical negligence based, covering the broad spectrum of errors in clinical practice. I also deal with other accidents and injuries that give rise to high value claims.

I have a particular interest and expertise in dealing with fatal injuries arising from medical malpractice and representing clients at Inquests.

Industry Associations

I have been a Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel Member since 1999.

I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

In my spare time

I am married with 3 children all growing up (too!) fast.  I enjoy family holidays and watching Chelsea (I am a season ticket holder) and Whitstable Town FC! I also play table tennis for Whitstable and enjoy the cinema.

Favourite things

  • Film:  Withnail and I (their flat reminds me of mine as a student!)
  • Album:  All Mod Cons (The Jam)
  • Place in the World:  Sydney, Australia
  • Place in England:  Broadstairs, Kent
  • Food: Fish and chips (on the sea front at Broadstairs!)

TESTIMONIALS

  • I met Nicholas Fairweather back in 2008, following a tremendous surgical error. I was actually referred by a well known local GP, who suggested Nick Fairweather as being the finest medical negligence solicitors in the region. Nick immediately began looking through my entire case history, given that I was being treated for breast cancer and in his meticulous analysis and scrutiny of my past medical notes, he uncovered gross negligence of a local consultant oncologist and an ailing Kent cancer services. His accurate understanding of medical parlance demonstrated major disparities between clinical notes and exposed a dangerous consultant oncologist completely ignoring local and national good practice guidelines. His combination of professionalism and analytical prowess is tempered by both his warmth and humanity and he lead the charge in the proceedings. His actions lead to the oncologist in question being struck off by the GMC and he is no unable to practice medicine in the UK. Sadly I wasn’t aware that I had been mismanaged during the treatment, it was all a bit too late for me and now I am terminal, but the accomplishments of Nick had to the major reconstructing of oncology services in Canterbury and a total revision of local guidelines. I couldn’t recommend Nicholas Fairweather any more highly and his role in the trial has undoubtedly allowed many more women to live, where they would have died under the “care” of this renegade doctor. (Mrs W, Kent)

  • Our case was taken up and successfully pursued by Fairweathers in a fuss free way (for us at least). The advice given was sound and clear, any difficult points were explained in a patient manner. Any potential pitfalls or risks were clearly laid out and evaluated. We were kept up to date on progress on a regular basis throughout a long process. All avenues open to progressing our case were evaluated and pursued when useful. (Mr G)

  • At all times during the process we were treated with the dignity and respect warranted by the situation. On the first meeting we were given all of the information on the procedures of the case in documented format. Each of the documents were verbally explained highlighting the pros, cons and costs. Following this there was a question and answer session where highlighted intricacies were further explained until a full understanding had been achieved. The only limit set on these enquiries was that the documentation had been fully understood by ourselves. In general there was a feeling of dealing with somebody that had the experience and cared. At subsequent meetings and during the hearing it became obvious that the firm had the experience that reinforced their reputation. (Mr H, Kent)

  • Nick has been outstanding from our very first meeting dealing with our case professionally and with empathy throughout. All deadlines have been met, scenarios explained and genuine, thought out advice given. (Mrs H)

  • Polite, caring people who understand and do best to find answers. (Mrs T, Canterbury)