Karen Rea

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The Clinical Negligence work that Karen has undertaken encompassed all areas of malpractice within the medical/nursing and other paramedical disciplines (see reported cases below). This included cerebral palsy cases and adult brain damage cases. as well as neurology, orthopaedic, ophthalmology, gynaecology, paediatrics, general surgery, dentistry and General Practice cases.

Karen has acted in all the fori, including The House of Lords, The Court of Appeal, The High Court, The Crown Court, The County Court and the Coroner’s Court and in the first 10 years of Call, when she also practised in Crime, Immigration and Employment Law, appearing in the Industrial Tribunal, The Immigration Tribunal, The Employment Appeal Tribunal and, in the very early days, The Magistrates Courts.

Karen now specialises only in Regulatory Law, where her extensive experience as a Legal Assessor/Adviser and as a Chair, includes both the healthcare and financial sectors, as seen below.

Judicial appointments and dates of appointment:

  • 1999 – present day – Deputy District Judge
  • 2002 – 2008  – Family Health Services Appeal Authority (FHSAA) – Legal Chair
  • 2008 – present day – PHL/Health, Education and Social Care Fee paid Tribunal Judge
  • 2002 – 2005  – GMC – Legal Assessor
  • 2003 – present day – Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – Legal Assessor
  • 2004 – 2008 – Mediator in Time Limited Small Claim and Fast Track cases
  • 2005 – 2009 – Legal Assessor to The General Social Care Council (England)
  • 2005 – 2016 – Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council (GDC)
  • 2006 – present day – Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • 2006 – 2014  Legal Assessor to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)
  • 2006  – 2012 – Legal Assessor to The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • 2006 – 2015 – Mediator/Arbitrator to Sports Resolution
  • 2006 – present day Legal Assessor to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • 2006 – 2013 – Legal Chair to the FHSAA Pharmacy Appeals
  • 2006 – 2013 – Legal Chair to the FHSAU Pharmacy Location Appeals
  • 2007 –  present day – Legal Chair to the Doctors and Dentists Appeal Panel (DDAP)
  • 2008  –  present day – Assistant Coroner for Plymouth and South Devon
  • 2009 – 2011 – Chair of the Investigating Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • 2010 – 2011 – Vice Chair of the Appeals Committee of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • 2011 –  2016 – Chair – CIMA
  • 2016 – present day – Lay Panel Member Appeals’ Committee – CIMA

Notable cases

  • Pereira v Keleman [1995] 1 FLR 428
  • Donoghue v Blundell [1985] Current Law Year Book 1986 Para 2254
  • Brown v Guy’s & Lewisham NHS Trust [1996] 8 Med LR 132
  • Skelton v Lewisham & North Southwark Health Authority & anr [1997] Lloyds Rep Med 324
  • D. Brown v Lewisham & North Southwark Health Authority [1997] Lloyds Rep Med 265; [1999] Lloyds Rep Med 110, C.A.

“has an excellent knowledge of medicine and the law – highly recommended” – Legal 500 (2009)

"is excellent on complex medical issues" - Legal 500

Publications:

• Chapter entitled “Negligence and the Obstetric Anaesthetist” in book “Obstetric Anaesthesia”, published by Balliere Tindal - 1995.
• Many articles for Nursing Times, Pulse, the RCN’s Nursing Standard and other associated healthcare and legal journals. - from 1980.
• Radio legal and welfare advice- Radio Essex, Radio 4 (You and Yours) and BBC Radio Devon.

Former Career:

Registered Nurse (1976 - SRN - St Thomas’ Hospital, London)

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  • Clinical Negligence - 27, February

    Rider of Neglect in relation to care provided by Ambulance Trust

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    On the 24th February 2017 the HM Senior Coroner for Berkshire concluded the inquest into the death of Lilly-May Page Bowden who died on the 15th May 2014. At the time of her death Lilly-May was 5 years old. She had just finished for the day at her school and was running across the school … Continue reading Rider of Neglect in relation to care provided by Ambulance Trust

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  • Clinical Negligence - 15, February
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    Court of Appeal reinforces Importance of Informed Patient Choice

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    The Court of Appeal has handed down its first judgment since the landmark case of Montgomery v. Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UK SC 11 reinforcing the importance placed on patient choice. The case of Sebastian Webster (a Child and Protected Party by his Mother and Litigation Friend, Heather Butler) v. Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust … Continue reading Court of Appeal reinforces Importance of Informed Patient Choice

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  • Clinical Negligence - 2, February
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    Claimant brings successful wrongful birth claim against NHS Trust

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    Claimant brings successful wrongful birth claim after practitioners fail to appreciate that the fetus was at risk of suffering from microcephaly. The claimant brought a clinical negligence claim against the defendant NHS trust alleging that they had been negligent for failing to recognise features on ultrasound scans which suggested that there was a risk of … Continue reading Claimant brings successful wrongful birth claim against NHS Trust

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