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.

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.

Our cases often attract national media attention in publications such as Private Eye and the Sunday Times.

I was Chairman of the multi award winning Law Clinic at Kent University between 1992 and 2018.

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

I am Deputy Vice President of Kent Law Society.

In Work

My work is exclusively medical negligence based, covering the broad spectrum of errors in clinical practice. I frequently deal with maximum severity claims. In July 2016, I settled an out of hours GP meningitis claim for a capitalised value of £15m which is believed to be the highest award ever made for a case of this kind.

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.

In July 2019, I was appointed to the Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors’ Panel operated by Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

In my spare time

I am married with 3 grown up children. I enjoy family holidays, spending time with friends and watching Chelsea (I am a season ticket holder). 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!)

News about Nick Fairweather and his cases

  • 20th July 2022 – We are delighted to report that we have successfully concluded our annual Lexcel Practice Management Standard audit with another strong performance.

    The entire process took place remotely for the 3 rd year running.

    There were no areas of major non-compliance, 5 areas of minor non-compliance and 8 suggestions for best practice.

    The auditor recognised 8 areas of good practice where there was either a diligent approach to complying with the Lexcel requirement or where the minimum Lexcel requirement had been exceeded.

    These good practice areas included:-
    Our enquiry to instruction case conversion rate analysis and monitoring: our Business Interruption Continuity Plan exercise which posed a ransomware attack this year: the tracking of income streams against case predictions across the year: our file review procedures: our AML firm-wide risk assessment; and our client satisfaction questionnaires recording 100% of clients being “very satisfied” and saying that they would recommend the firm to others.

    Within her key findings the auditor also drew attention to the firm’s Google review ratings with a 4.8 out of 5 star performance from 44 reviews received.

    She further described the firm’s approach to file reviews as “excellent” with each review being very thorough and involving an in-depth analysis and discussion of the case.

    Fairweathers’ CEO Nick Fairweather commented:-
    “Another excellent set of results this year from this challenging but important process which puts to task our management structures and procedures across all areas of the firm’s operations. For the 3 rd year in a row the audit was carried out remotely which works extremely well, particularly given that we are a paperless office. Lexcel is time consuming and involves everyone in the firm but is an essential tool, in my view, to ensure up to date and continuing regulatory compliance, effective management structures and delivery of the highest level of service to clients. I am disappointed to hear that the Lexcel national team are looking to return to face to face assessments. From our perspective the whole process can be undertaken very effectively remotely and we shall be lobbying the Lexcel office to that affect. I should like to thank all my staff especially the management team for all their hard work in achieving another successful audit this year”.

  • 10th June 2022 – Archie Batten was born on Sunday 1 st September 2019, at the QEQM Hospital Margate, and lived for just 27 minutes. Continue reading this article

  • 23rd May 2022 – The Inquest into the death of Archie Batten, who was born on Sunday 1 st September 2019, and lived for just 27 minutes, is due to resume tomorrow at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone before the Assistant Coroner for North East Kent Sonia Hayes.Continue reading this article

  • 23rd May 2022 – We are delighted to announce that Nick Fairweather today became the 203rd President of Kent Law Society.Continue reading this article

  • 14th March 2022 – Archie Batten was born late in the evening at the QEQM Hospital Margate on Sunday 1 st September 2019 and died shortly afterward at just 27 minutes of age. He was the first child of parents Rachel Higgs and Andrew Batten.Continue reading this article