Kay Kelly | Partner & Head of Clinical Negligence | Lanyon Bowdler Kay Kelly | Partner & Head of Clinical Negligence | Lanyon Bowdler
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Kay Kelly

Partner - Head of Clinical/Medical Negligence Team


Kay's Teams

Clinical Negligence


Profile/Experience

Kay heads the clinical/medical negligence team, is a partner and a member of the Accredited Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. She has over 20 years post qualification experience and in the last few years has specialised solely in clinical negligence cases on behalf of patients and their families. Kay is the training partner for the firm, and handles all applications for training contracts and recruiting trainee solicitors.

Kay has extensive experience in the field to include:-

  • Cerebral palsy and catastrophic brain injury cases
  • Obstetric and Paediatric cases
  • Cosmetic surgery errors
  • Claims arising from negligently performed surgery including cholyectstectomies, sterilisations, vascular surgery, neurological surgery and hip and knee replacements
  • Opthalmic negligence including failure to diagnose glaucoma
  • Oncology and delay in diagnosis of cancer cases
  • Diagnostic and treatment errors by GP and hospital
  • Cases involving spinal injuries and upper & lower limb amputations
  • Fatal accident cases including representation at Inquests

Kay is known for her commitment to ensure that her clients get access to justice, and she has a thorough and forensic approach with an ability to "turn a case around" and maximise damages.

She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a recognised Senior Litigator and the firm's representative at the Society of Clinical Injury Solicitors.

In 2017, Kay spoke on Sky News following the enquiry into the number of baby deaths at Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Watch the clip below.

Legal 500 & Chambers UK Recommendations

Kay is recognised by the 2019 edition of The Legal 500, where the clinical negligence team is recognised as a tier one team in the West Midlands. The directory states that the team 'put their clients' interests at the centre of their work'.

Kay is recognised with a Band 1 ranking in the 2019 edition of Chambers UK which states; "Department head Kay Kelly has handled a broad spectrum of cases in this field. She continues to receive a wide range of mandates including delays in diagnosis of cancer and birth injuries. Market commentators highlight her experience and professionalism, saying that "she really fights for her clients."

The directory also says: Kay Kelly regularly assists with an impressive spread of clinical negligence matters, offering particular expertise in complex, high-value birth injury claims. She is additionally adept in cases of psychiatric injury and fatal claims. Clients report that "she has a vast knowledge and utilises it well. She has always been quick to respond and kept us up to date at all times," adding: "She has been wonderful to work with and made us feel like we matter."

Client Testimonials

He was great, he listened and suggested the best course of action - thank you.

- Mr T Graves, Shrewsbury

Communication surrounding my injury claim was excellent with other departments within the firm.

- Mrs L Dowbiggin, Much Wenlock

Ease of contact, understanding of business context. An excellent and pragmatic approach to a relatively complex business transfer.

- Mr D Coull, Shrewsbury

The welcome at reception and the relaxed atmosphere when discussing things with the person handling the sale of my property.

- Mr W Ward, Oswestry

All staff were polite, efficient and professional. Advice was clear and informative. I like the fact that everyone explained legalities with clarity.

- Mrs L Draycott, Oswestry

Client Quotes

Excellent representation in court

- Mr Gibson, Telford

Kept me up to date in any process made.

- Mr P Haigh, Suffolk

Very quick at sorting our Wills. He was great to deal with, nice guy!

- Mr L Onions & Mrs E Onions, Craven Arms

Quality of care and sensitivity.

- Mrs C Shuker, Shrewsbury

They were very experienced and very professional, offering a top class service

- Mr V Jones, Pontesbury

Latest Case Study

19 Sep 2017

Damages Awarded After Loss of Sperm Samples

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