Graham Balmforth

Graham Balmforth


In brief

I am a Consultant Solicitor Advocate in the Medical Negligence Department.  I have over 20 years’ experience as a Clinical Negligence lawyer and joined Fairweathers in October 2023.


I initially qualified and worked as a Barrister in 1998.   I worked predominantly in the Central London Courts before moving to my home City of York in North Yorkshire in 2000 where I worked as an in-house advocate for a leading civil firm.   I left in 2007 to begin work as Head of Clinical Negligence in a fledgling department for a regional firm in West Yorkshire and I transferred to become a Solicitor in 2012.   I remained in post until 2020 when I left to begin a new career as a self-employed Consultant.

In work

Historically, I have been involved in a very broad range of different surgical cases.  My own personal caseload has been mixed but there has been a movement towards serious surgical errors, fatalities and consequential inquest proceedings.  Outside of these fatal injuries cases,  I take a particular interest in complex cases involving diagnostic error and cases involving the senses, in particular: ophthalmic, dental /maxilla-facial.

I hold post graduate forensic medical qualifications both from the University of Glasgow – DipFMS and from the University of Verona – Msc (F.Med).  I am currently studying a short course in ‘Precision Medicine’ at the University of Geneva.  Fairweathers Solicitors encourages a very professional and selective approach to its cases and that pays off for clients as they can be assured that they are represented by a real specialist lawyer and not just a ‘claims processor’ for whom a medical claim is just one more case on his list.

In my spare time

I am married and therefore, much of my time is spent working through a list of several hundred DIY jobs.

Favourite things

  • Languages – Italian, intermediate but always improving, French, rudimentary and always declining
  • Film: Anything by Italian Director Paolo Sorrentino
  • Song: Sheep May Safely Graze – JSB or Mozart’s Piano Concerto NO 20 in D minor K466
  • Place in the world: Verona, Veneto, Italy
  • Place in England: any airport that flies to Verona or at a push Bologna (it’s really nice)
  • Food: Steak and Valpolicella.