Steve was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and has specialised in clinical negligence and personal injury claims since moving to Bristol in 1990. He transferred the personal injury and clinical negligence practices of his previous firm to Metcalfes in 2000, and was appointed a partner. Having undertaken four to five years representing local NHS Trust in defending claims, he gained insight into risk assessment and management from the defendant perspective.
Steve has extensive experience in the whole range of claimant medical negligence work, including those with the most serious consequences. His highest settlement to date has been £3.4 million against a GP practice following the misprescription of an anti-malarial drug.
Recent successful cases which have required court proceedings include:-
- Failure to identify abnormal cervical smear results, settled following exchange of expert evidence at £200,000.
- Negligent performance of breast reconstruction following mastectomy settled at £37,500.
- Negligent treatment of hernia settled at £102,500.
- Court approval of negligently undertaken surgical correction of right ear deformity at £35,000.
- Infection and severe chronic symptoms following emergency caesarean section settled at £125,000.
The 2016 editor of Chambers and Partners Guide singles out Steve as a star individual and describes him as a "skillful, attentive, dedicated solicitor with great tactical flair." Sources also admire his "deftness of touch and empathy" and describe him as "top-drawer."
He has been accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in personal injury since 1996 and in clinical negligence since 2005. He has senior litigator status with APIL, is a member of AvMA and the Bristol Medico-Legal Society. He is a member of the Personal Injury Solicitors' List of Headway, the brain injury association.
He is coordinator of and legal advisor to the South West group of RoadPeace, the national charity representing the interests of road traffic victims and their families.
Steve has experience as a Deputy (formerly Receiver) appointed by the Court of Protection and sits as a Deputy District Judge of the Tribunals Judiciary.
“I appreciate your time and the understanding you have shown throughout. You have displayed personal qualities that are vitally important to the way in which sensitive cases need to be handled and I thank you for this.” RH
"Thank you so much for your help the past two years. I cannot express how wonderful you have been. Your sensitivity and care have been so appreciated." SS
"Many thanks to Steve and his team who were involved in my case and for all of their help after my cycling accident almost three years ago. Without their perseverance I would have given up a long time ago. Thanks to Metcalfes the outcome of the case was fantastic." RH
"Many thanks Steve for all your hard work and dedication. Your meticulous and positive approach has led to a very satisfactory outcome and is a credit to you and your firm. Moreover, the empathic and thoughtful way you have dealt with our whole family has helped us to cope through a very trying period." CB
"I would like to thank you and your team for the highly professional and empathetic support I received both at the inquest and during the subsequent resolution of my claim. I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone having to face my unfortunate situation." RC
For more information about Steve, visit his profile on our specialist medical negligence website.