I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the help and compassion shown by Natalie throughout my experience with Bell Lax. Would recommend to all.
I enjoy adopting a thorough and strategic approach to claims with an obsessive eye for detail. I provide sound commercial and pragmatic advice to enable clients to reach swift settlement of their dispute.
Approachable but professional.
Natalie joined Bell Lax in July 2007 where she has trained and qualified as a solicitor. She read law at the University of Birmingham before completing the Legal Practice Course at Birmingham College of Law, where she was awarded a distinction.
Prior to joining Bell Lax, Natalie worked in the International Travel Litigation Department of a national firm of solicitors, specialising in accident and illness abroad claims. This sparked her interest in personal injury, an area in which she has continued to specialise.
Despite her initial interest in personal injury, Natalie spent the majority of her training contract pursuing commercial litigation claims where she developed a particular interest in construction litigation. Following her qualification, Natalie chose to specialise in both construction litigation and clinical negligence.
Whilst these areas of law may appear very distinct they have a lot of similarities. Both construction and medical negligence disputes require the assessment of detailed and often extensive documentation, whether contracts or medical notes, to ascertain the essence of the claim and enable Natalie to advise her clients accordingly.
Natalie’s construction claims include:
- An adjudication against a national housebuilding company after a subcontractor was wrongly thrown off site. Following a without prejudice meeting, Natalie successfully negotiated the subcontractor’s return to site and compensation for the loss of profits incurred;
- Adjudications in relation to failures to serve pay less notices correctly;
- Obtaining an injunction to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition following an inappropriately served statutory demand;
- Obtaining a six figure settlement for a main contractor in an arbitration against an architect for professional negligence in respect of subcontracted designs under a JCT design and build contract.
- A High Court claim against a firm of architects in relation to their failure to design a housing development in accordance with the planning permission granted, leading to a delay in the building works;
- A High Court claim against a national building company in relation to water ingress into a city centre apartment causing damp and mould due to inadequate drainage, waterproofing and flashing to the balcony.
Natalie’s clinical negligence cases, the majority of which are funded by way of “no win, no fee” agreements, include delayed diagnoses of cancer and cauda equina syndrome (ie compression of spinal nerve roots); claims for negligent care, including where such care results in pressure sores; negligent cosmetic surgery; inappropriate and deficient dental treatment and negligent surgery.
Examples of Natalie’s recent successful cases include:
- Representing a client where the hospital obtained consent for one operation and then actually completed a different operation. As a consequence of the operation, the client subsequently experienced problems with incontinence. Natalie managed to obtain a payment of £90,000 for her client;
- Successfully recovering damages of £10,000 where a Hospital Trust failed to prescribe the correct medication to prevent a transplant patient developing Hepatitis following receipt of an infected organ;
- Obtaining damages for a client whose dentist recommended dental implants despite her unsuitability for the implants, leading to pain and recurrent infections;
- Recovering damages for a client who became infected after a swab was left inside her after she was sewn up following the birth of her child; and
- Negotiating settlement of a claim against a Hospital Trust for negligent failures in their post-operative monitoring, which had led to the client suffering a heart attack and acute anaemia.
Outside work Natalie enjoys going to the theatre.