Linda Millband is Thompsons Solicitors’ leading clinical negligence lawyer, operating out of the firm’s Birmingham office.
A determined and successful litigator, Linda’s cases are high value and, consequently, high profile, involving traumatic and life-changing injuries. Unafraid to take on the most difficult and long-running cases, where other law firms have failed, Linda has won multi-million pound awards for both individuals and in class actions up to and including the High Court.
As a result of her successful medical negligence claims, Linda is regularly in the media spotlight appearing in television documentaries and being interviewed by the media, commenting on clinical negligence claims. Linda seeks to gain the maximum compensation for those with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, limb amputations and the families of fatalities. Linda often negotiates interim payments in long-running cases, to enable her clients to buy property and equipment necessary for their care and quality of life.
Linda’s vast experience of the horrific and devastating impact on individuals of medical negligence ensures that she handles cases with an almost clinical precision, but also with empathy and with care. Seen as a champion of the rights of people injured at the hands of the medical profession, Linda’s caseload includes those with botched TVT (Tension-Free Vaginal Tape) operations, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, and the misdiagnosis of all types of cancer and meningitis, leading to serious injury or death.
Recently, Linda fought on behalf of hundreds of women who had needless and horrific mastectomies and double mastectomies at the hands of a consultant breast surgeon. Linda acted initially for 70 women, but when word got around that Thompsons Solicitors was handling the case, another 500 came forward.
Following the case, Linda helped spearhead Thompsons Solicitors’ new campaign called Patients Before Profits to close the legal loophole that allowed the private health company Spire to evade its responsibilities to the women.
Linda became a lawyer through her strong sense of social justice and even after 20 years in practice, she gets huge job satisfaction by winning substantial damages for injured people. Working at Thompsons is fabulous, Linda says, because everyone shares those values and goes the extra mile for clients.
Any spare time Linda has is devoted to her children and her garden.
LINDA’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Ian Paterson misdiagnosis claim: Linda won £37 million in compensation for hundreds of women who had needless mastectomies and double mastectomies at the hands of breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson. Paterson was convicted of intentionally wounding patients and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Learn more about the case.
Cerebral palsy claim: Linda recently successfully concluded a medical negligence case for damages of £22 million for a young child with cerebral palsy, having negotiated an interim payment of £1 million to fund the purchase of a bungalow to give the claimant a better quality of life.
Paraplegia compensation claim: Linda also won £6.6 million for a Thompsons Solicitors medical negligence client suffering from paraplegia, again obtaining interim payments to allow the client to pay for necessary care.
Linda is a member of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel, the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, The Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and is a senior litigator of the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). She is on the Headway Panel for both Derby and Nottingham and is the Treasurer of the East Midlands Brain Injury Forum.
Helen Gardiner, a former Thompsons medical negligence client, said: “Thank you so much for everything. From the first day you took over my case I know how hard you have worked and fought to get the best outcome for all involved. I really don’t know what I would have done or coped without your help and guidance.”
The family of a Thompsons paraplegia client, said: “Thank you so very much for everything, especially having patience with us when we were losing ours.”
Legal 500: “Linda Millband is extremely able, completely unflappable.”