Julie Hatton trained with locally renowned Clinical Negligence firm Preston Goldburn and re-joined Coodes as a Partner in July 2018 after a short period of working as a clinical negligence specialist with another South West firm.

With more than 30 years’ clinical negligence experience, since 2003 she has been an accredited specialist with the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and has been a member of APIL since 1997, becoming a Senior Litigator and Clinical Negligence accredited specialist.


Julie acts for clients in high value, complex, maximum severity cases such as those arising from brain or spinal injuries, fatal claims, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, bowel injuries and obstetric injury cases including cerebral palsy, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and birth injury claims.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases

  • Immediate damages order

    Representing a 22 year old who received £1.1million immediate damages award, and an Order for Provisional Damages for the injuries he sustained including neonatal renal failure requiring dialysis followed by renal transplant, brain injury resulting in cognitive impairment, premature cataract and diabetes following the negligent management of his and his mother’s labour and delivery.

  • Surgical Error

    Considerable damages for client who suffered injury to the vagus nerve during anti-reflux surgery.

  • Surgical Error

    Considerable damages for client who was left with a permanent stoma following a delay in ileostomy closure.

  • Surgical Error

    Considerable damages for client who developed Fournier’s gangrene when a haematoma was not treated appropriately.

  • GP & Private Hospital Care

    Considerable damages obtained for a 17-year-old whose GP failed to detect developmental dysplasia of the hip.

  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology

    Considerable damages obtained for a female client whose bladder was perforated during a hysterectomy leading to a Vesico-Vaginal Fistula.

  • Surgical Error

    Considerable damages obtained for client who had to have a temporary colostomy after the hospital negligently left a rectal pack inside him.

Client Testimonials

Julie Hatton's attention to detail helped me obtain a compensation package that will give me the care I need for the rest of my life.


We felt at all times in very capable hands. We consider that your communication and responsiveness to us and your attentiveness to the case was exceptional. The advice you gave us was always reasoned, proactive and timely.


Thank you for your excellent communications and helpfulness throughout this case.


I really appreciate all your work and advice throughout. As a former solicitor it is difficult sometime to take advice, but yours has always been spot on.


Thank you so much for everything you and your team have done. You are all amazing. You have all worked so hard for me. I could not have done this without you.


Julie Hatton and her team have helped me put my life back into perspective after a very traumatic time. Not only getting me a financial settlement that has changed my life for the better, but more importantly, they helped me to get the answers I needed to bring closure to a traumatic part of my life. They made the whole process easy and explain every step.


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