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!)

TESTIMONIALS

  • 21st October 2019 – HMC Alan Blunsdon today delivered his conclusion in the Amazin Young Inquest, having previously heard evidence over 5 days. 

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  • 23rd July’19 – We are pleased to report that we have successfully concluded the Lexcel annual audit process again this year.

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  • 1st July 2019 – We are pleased to report that Nick Fairweather has today had his Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel membership renewed for another 5 years.

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  • 1st July 2019 – We are delighted to announce that Nick Fairweather has been appointed to the specialist Clinical Negligence Panel operated by Action against Medical Accidents (‘AvMA’).

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  • 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)