Kimberley Donaldson is a litigation assistant in Thompsons Solicitors’ clinical negligence unit, led by Linda Millband, a highly experienced serious injury and clinical negligence solicitor.
Based in Birmingham and covering the West Midlands, Kimberley has experience in all aspects of clinical negligence and has practised in a number of specialisms, including employment law and personal injury.
Kimberley’s recent clinical negligence case load, however, has been dominated by the Ian Paterson breast surgery litigation.
Along with other members of the criminal negligence team, Kimberley kept all 500 clients up to date with the criminal case against Paterson, and continues to keep in touch with them through a McMillan cancer charity support group organised by one of Thompsons’ clients.
Kimberley enjoys working for Thompsons because of the firm’s values. She points out that not only does Thompsons work exclusively for claimants, it also actively campaigns for positive changes for the benefit of clients, such as the recent “Feeding Fat Cats” and “Patients Before Profits” campaigns.
Kimberley says her motivation – and those of Thompsons’ lawyers generally - is not just financial, but is far more client-orientated than other firms.
Away from work Kimberley enjoys spending time outdoors with her children, reading and listening to music.
KIMBERLEY’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Ian Paterson claims: Kimberley was heavily involved in assisting hundreds of claimants who alleged unnecessary and inappropriate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer by Mr Ian Paterson. The high profile case found that a private healthcare provider was liable for the negligence of a surgeon who practised at its hospital.
The NHS was also judged liable because its system of regulation was found wanting. A total of £37m compensation was awarded.
Paterson, who practised at Spire Healthcare hospitals in the West Midlands, was sentenced to 20 years in prison following a Court of Appeal hearing in August 2017 following his conviction three months earlier. He had been convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment following a Court of Appeal hearing in August 2017.
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (associate member).