Fran Pollard

Medical Negligence Solicitor and Partner


"Meeting clients personally and getting to know them means that you are more able to present their claim in the best possible way in order to help them move on in their lives.”



1977 – Qualified as a State Registered Nurse
1985 – BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Administration – University of York
1987 – Diploma in Health Education
2000 – Qualified as a solicitor

Professional memberships:

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) - Senior Litigator
  • Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme


Fran Pollard’s professional experience has spanned both medicine and the law. Prior to becoming a solicitor, she had a successful career in healthcare after qualifying as a staff nurse at St Bart’s Hospital in London in the late seventies. Working in the private sector and then in Public Health in Hackney, she developed an interest in the law and decided to retrain for a career in the legal profession where she could also use her medical background. After 6 months at Bolt Burdon in Islington, she finished her training contract at Gadsby Wicks and has been one of the specialist medical negligence solicitors at the firm since 1997.

Fran enjoys walking and has taken part in both the London to Cambridge and London to Brighton cycle rides.

Career highlight:
Negotiating an approval hearing date to secure an emergency interim payment of £1/2 million for a 7 year old girl who had developed cerebral palsy a month after birth. The payment came at a particularly stressful time when the little girl was extremely poorly and in a critical condition in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Thankfully, she pulled through and the money was an invaluable support to help her parents continue to provide excellent care for her and their other 2 daughters.

See below for a selection of cases where Fran has helped patients and their families make a successful claim for compensation: 

  • Failure to diagnose and treat fourth degree perineal tear - £200,000
  • Uterine rupture leading to Cerebral Palsy - £4,285,377
  • Wrong solution used in arterial line flush leading to death – £7,500
  • Inadequate Fitting of Mirena Coil – £30,000
  • Neonatal death following delayed Caesarean Section - £30,000
  • Nerve, bone and muscle damage during root canal treatment – £115,000
  • Delayed diagnosis of meningitis – £5,870,000
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Fran Pollard

Compensation is important, but so are answers to questions that claimants have. Fran Pollard, specialist medical negligence solicitor, shares her experience.
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