About Us – Seamus Jude Edney
Seamus Edney is the principal of the practice and qualified as a solicitor in 1985. He has over 30 years’ experience of personal injury and clinical negligence work and maintains an exclusively Claimant specialist practice.
Seamus is one of only a handful of solicitors in the country to be on both the Law Society’s Specialist Panels for Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. He is also on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. He holds Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
He is understood to be the first solicitor in legal history to secure an unlawful killing verdict against an NHS Trust, in the groundbreaking inquest of Cabrera. His focus is on providing exceptional service to clients. He is approachable, personable and achieves excellent results for clients, even in the most difficult cases, with a success rate well in excess of 90% (significantly above that of many solicitors in this area). He will always offer to see clients in person.
For Seamus, the focus is always on providing a personal service. It is for this reason that the Firm has adopted a boutique approach, enabling clients to speak directly to the lawyer handling their case from their very first contact. Caseloads are always kept to manageable levels, so cases can be concluded as swiftly as possible, with expert oversight at all stages.
Seamus is assisted in his work by Mary Smith, an Associate Legal Executive who is very experienced in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. Mary was invited to join the Firm in 2012, due to her extensive experience and her commitment to always going the extra mile for her clients, mirroring Seamus’ own ethos.
Career highlights for Seamus include:
- Obtaining a £7.5million pound settlement for a client who developed septicaemia, followed delayed diagnosis of an infection.
- A £3million settlement for a young man with a serious brain injury, who will now need care and support for the rest of his life.
Seamus also acted for Arnel Cabrera during 2008 in his clinical negligence claim against Great Western Hospital arising from the tragic death of his wife following childbirth in 2004. This case attracted huge national and international media interest.
Other cases include:
- Emma Cadywould, who died following the failure of Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust to treat her postnatal depression.
- Group litigation for patients of Dr Davinderjit Bains, a GP in Royal Wootton Bassett who sexually abused a number of his female patients.
- Timothy Crook, who was convicted of the homicide of both his parents following the failures of Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to treat his underlying mental health condition.
Seamus maintains a close link with his old university, Reading University, regularly attending to give lectures to students on current legal practice in this complex area of the law.