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Claire is a partner in our clinical negligence team and has many years' experience of pursuing claims on behalf of claimants. She has a particular interest in birth injury cases leading either to cerebral palsy, stillbirth or neonatal death. She has supported bereaved parents for over 15 years, having commenced her career representing families at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry into children's cardiac surgery, and understands the importance of providing emotional support as well as addressing the legal aspects of these highly sensitive claims.
Claire has been a supporter of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (Sands) since 2003, and is also a member. She is the author of "Common Trends in Stillbirth Cases: Study and Report November 2008" and edited the legal aspects of "Pregnancy Loss and the Death of a Baby: Guidelines for Professionals", Third Edition. Claire passionately believes that litigation can be an aid to change and assist in improving NHS practices in the future. She presented on this subject at the International Stillbirth Alliance Conference that came to Birmingham in 2007.
Claire is a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel.
Claire is recognised as a 'leader in her field' by Chambers UK legal directory.
Sources say: "She is very much about client care and has that additional dedication to her work." She is also described as "excellent, cool-headed and very knowledgeable." Chambers 2019
An interviewee remarks: "Her knowledge of the background medical matters is outstanding, and on a personal level she is a delight to work with." Chambers 2018
"A standout lawyer" who "builds strong relationships with her clients." Chambers 2017
"Top-notch" clinical negligence lawyer Claire Stoneman is renowned for her handling of birth injury claims, particular those relating to cerebral palsy. A market source concludes: "She is excellent and certainly knows her stuff." Chambers 2016
"Real fighter who has a very good grasp of medical matters." Chambers 2015
"Excellent with birth injury and cerebral palsy work." She is also highly regarded for her birth mortality expertise. Chambers 2014