Gillian Gadsby has specialised in medical negligence litigation since she qualified as a solicitor in 1989.

Through her experience, she began to understand that the resources and expertise needed for these cases differed from other areas of the law.

To support those affected by substandard treatment in the best way possible, Gillian and Roger Wicks went on to found Gadsby Wicks in 1993. Today, the firm remains wholly committed to medical negligence, with Gillian as Managing Partner.

When you win a case for someone, you can almost see the weight that has been lifted off their shoulders. The compensation doesn’t undo the damage but it does mean that they have one less thing to worry about as they get on with their lives.

Gillian Gadsby

Why did you become a medical negligence solicitor?

Even from a young age, I have always been fascinated by the role that rules play in the function of our society. With age, I came to appreciate how the enforcement of these rules is critical to giving our rights true value.

But, more than this, it was my professional desire to support the underdog that led me to pursue a career as a medical negligence expert. I find great satisfaction in being able to advocate for those who have suffered harm as a result of substandard medical treatment, helping them secure the justice and compensation they deserve.

As a natural problem solver with an analytical mind, the practice of law has always been an appealing avenue for me. Over time, I have developed a keen ability to see the bigger picture and anticipate change – essential qualities I see reflected in our firm.

What is your legal background?

In 1989, I completed my studies at the University of East Anglia and went on to qualify at a general practice in Chelmsford. Through this experience, I gained a broad range of legal expertise.

During the years that followed, I joined a larger local firm and began to focus on clinical negligence. It was during this time that I met Roger Wicks, another highly skilled specialist in this area of the law.

Roger and I formed Gadsby Wicks in 1993, and by doing so, we could channel all of our expertise and resources towards these unique types of cases, and provide clients with the best representation.

Gillian and the team were available to answer even the smallest of questions, making the whole process easier to understand. My case was tragic but understanding was given at all times with realistic answers without any misleading guidance. I am so glad I chose such a caring yet professional company who really are at the top of their league.

Ms Lloyd-Briden

What motivated you to form Gadsby Wicks?

Roger Wicks and I were doing an increasing amount of clinical negligence work. However, we realised that these types of cases were at odds with other areas of the law – the expertise, skills and resources required to see these claims through to resolution were significant.

To provide the best service for clients affected by substandard treatment, Roger and I founded Gadsby Wicks in 1993. In the decades since, the practice has grown larger in size and from strength to strength.

Despite the inherent risk of starting a niche practice, this decision has proven to be Gadsby Wicks’ greatest strength. You will never find us working in other areas of the law, and we are fully committed to helping clients secure the answers, justice and compensation they so rightly deserve.

What are your responsibilities at Gadsby Wicks?

As the Managing Partner of Gadsby Wicks, it is my responsibility to oversee all aspects of the business. This includes taking steps to ensure we comply with all regulatory standards and financial authorities, as well as other day-to-day duties.

Beyond this, I also adopt a consultancy and mentorship role, supervising all solicitors throughout our practice.

For junior members of the team, this is a more active responsibility, where I provide guidance, education and training. For senior litigators, I am someone to discuss cases with, and explore ideas, evidence and strategies together.

Our collaborative approach is one of our core strengths as a firm. Through open communication, we all draw upon our diverse range of skills and expertise to provide the best service possible.

What do you find fulfilling about your role?

As a medical negligence specialist, I recognise the significant impact that a patient’s suffering can have on their life and their loved ones. Playing a role in helping those affected secure the compensation they need is fulfilling, and keeps me motivated everyday.

However, not all cases we investigate will have grounds for compensation. In these instances, the answers we can provide are often just as valuable for claimants and their loved ones – and is an experience I find incredibly rewarding.

Ultimately, our goal as a firm is to provide clients with the answers and compensation they need to regain control over their lives and move forward. It is this challenge which continues to drive me after more than 30 years.

Excellent service and I have since recommended to a friend and a colleague. Gillian was compassionate, empathetic and thoroughly professional whilst remaining warm and approachable. I felt totally comfortable, well-informed and supported throughout. Customer care is 5*.

Ms Cowan

Qualifications and professional memberships:

  • LLB (Hons) University of East Anglia - 1986
  • Qualified as a solicitor - 1989
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) - Senior Litigator and Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist
  • Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme
  • AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors Panel
  • AvMA Legal Support Group
  • American Association for Justice

Team member accreditations

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - Gillian Gadsby - Chambers & Partners
The Law Society - Clinical Negligence Accredited
Avma 01
Avma 02
Senior Litigator - Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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