A Yorkshire law firm’s clinical negligence division is adding to its considerable expertise following two key appointments.

The clinical negligence division of Leeds headquartered law firm Ison Harrison has added Lucy Wells and Will Clark to its 14-strong team.

Bringing 13 years of experience to the firm, Lucy has joined as a partner having previously acted for a wide range of clients who have suffered a delayed diagnosis of cancer, failure to diagnose HIV, delayed diagnosis of DVT and pulmonary embolism, cardiac claims and poor consent for surgery. Lucy has a particular specialism in acting for clients who have suffered a traumatic birthing experience, following an ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or where a baby has died. She has assisted many clients through the inquest and investigations processes.

Lucy also has considerable experience in acting for patients who have been treated by ‘rogue surgeons’, who have performed unnecessary or inappropriate surgery, assisting with GMC investigations, as well as making claims for compensation.

A member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Lucy was appointed to the Law Society Executive Committee for Professional Standards and Ethics, helping to ensure high standards are maintained throughout the legal profession.

Will has also joined the clinical negligence team as a solicitor, having qualified earlier this year. In his new role at Ison Harrison, Will has responsibility for a wide variety of clinical negligence cases resulting from inappropriate dental treatment, erroneous cosmetic surgery and delays in diagnosis and treatment of fractures. He has previously participated in fundraising activities for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance including completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge twice in the last five years.

In early 2022, Ison Harrison switched to become a 100% employee-owned business after the three shareholder directors agreed to sell the business to an Employee Ownership Trust.

Over the past 18 months, the firm has experienced significant client growth, taking the number to over 20,000, and opened its newest office in Doncaster this month, further strengthening its presence in the region with the addition of its 18th branch.

In addition to bolstering its team, the firm’s clinical negligence team is also strengthening its links with charities it supports and has long standing relationships with, including The Erb’s Palsy Group, The Snappy Trust, SNOOP and Little Hiccups.

Ison Harrison is one of just three law firms in England and Wales recommended by national charity, the Erb’s Palsy Group and the only law firm representing the Group in the North of England. The Erb’s Palsy Group is the only UK based organisation offering advice, information and support to families affected by Erb’s Palsy, a complex condition which mainly due to birth trauma, can affect 1 or all of the 5 primary nerves that supply the movement and feeling to a baby’s arm.

James Thompson, head of the clinical negligence team, commented: “The firm is committed to recruiting the best legal professionals, ensuring our clients have the greatest possible access to dedicated expertise and we’re thrilled to welcome Lucy and Will to the team.

The team and our regional network of 18 offices continues to grow organically, attracting more and more high-quality work. It is important that we are able to provide our clients with the best quality lawyers who have the capacity to look after them and progress their cases in a timely manner. Ison Harrison has built a strong reputation for providing the best legal advice while empathising with the emotional difficulties and situations that clients find themselves in. Our new team members will prove to be a major asset in offering an even more thorough and specialist clinical negligence service.”

Ison Harrison was founded in 1978. With an annual turnover of over £20 million, the firm has become a well-known regional practice offering the broadest range of legal services to thousands of people and businesses.

Ison Harrison currently holds 13 Law Society accreditations including Clinical Negligence, Conveyancing Quality, Children Law, Family Law, Immigration & Asylum, and SRA Higher Courts Rights – civil and criminal.