Craig Knightley

Medical Negligence

My Professional Background

I deal with a wide variety of Clinical Negligence cases, including those relating to wrongful diagnosis, surgical error, fatal accidents and sub-standard nursing care. I act for families in inquest proceedings, with a particular interest in those involving vulnerable clients and those suffering with mental ill health. I also represent clients in the preparation and administration of personal injury trusts.

I joined Attwater & Liell (as it was previously known) in October 2007, as part of the administration team. At that time, I was fresh out of law school and over the ensuing years, I undertook several roles at the firm, including Marketing Assistant. I commenced my legal career as a Paralegal in the Family department and since then, I have acquired a diverse legal background. I undertook my LPC at the University of Westminster, where I achieved a Commendation. Following this, I undertook my training contract at the firm within the Wills, Trusts & Probate, Conveyancing and Medical Negligence departments. I joined the highly respected Medical Negligence department, as a qualified Solicitor, in April 2015.


Achievements / Accreditations

  • Damages of £350,000 secured for a client who was wrongly diagnosed with cancer
  • An award of damages of £25,000 for a client who underwent negligent wrist surgery
  •  Damages of £80,000 secured for a client following negligently performed hand and wrist surgery
  • A five-figure settlement for a client who underwent an unnecessary and negligently performed revision of earlier hip replacement surgery.
  • Secured an adjournment and the instruction of an independent medical expert to ensure that an inquest into the death of a young man following a road traffic accident would be properly and thoroughly investigated
  • Secured Legal Aid Exceptional Funding, ensuring that families are properly represented at inquests
  • Five-figure settlement secured for my client, where the Defendant maintained a denial of liability throughout
  • Secured an offer of settlement in a case of negligently performed surgery at a Private Hospital, where the client had previously been told that there were no prospects of success by a firm of Solicitors in London
  • Secured a change of practice in a Private Hospital, so that when undertaking observations on a mental health unit it will include the checking of a patient’s breathing, following representation at an Inquest
  • A six-figure damages award was secured for my client in a failure to diagnose case, against a GP
  • Secured a full and proper 5 day Inquest for a family, before a Jury, which had previously been listed for just 2 hours
  • Successfully settled a Human Rights Act claim on behalf of the family of a Mental Health patient, resulting in a damages award of five figures, having previously represented the family at the Inquest
  • Claim following a fall in a care home successfully settled with damages award of four figures
  • Four figure damages award secured following negligent care and treatment in hospital.  Patient’s deterioration was not escalated which led to her untimely death
  • Successful claim against a GP practice who failed to implement an adequate prescription management system, which led to the death of a patient
  • Five figure damages award secured for the deceased’s children
  • Recently featured in local press in respect of a recently settled case against the Princess Alexandra Hospital, click here for the article
  • Featured as the Law Society Gazette’s ‘Lawyer in the News’, click here for full article


About me

I am extremely passionate about the work I undertake and find working with families going through the inquest process highly rewarding. I strongly believe in fair access to justice, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. Outside of work, I live in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. I enjoy visiting art galleries and spending my free time with friends and family. I am also a fully qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer.

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