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Dorothy Flower
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One of the leading medical malpractice lawyers in the UK, Dorothy Flower heads up RPC's Medical/Life Sciences team.

Dorothy's practice is far reaching. She regularly defends private sector organisations and individuals in clinical negligence cases, acts for manufacturers and suppliers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals involved in product liability claims, and defends CROs involved in injury claims in connection with clinical trials. She also represents properly interested persons at inquests, often in connection with potential litigation. 

The regulatory side to her practice sees Dorothy assisting individuals investigated by the General Medical Council, Health and Care Professions Council and other regulatory bodies. She also advises organisations on Care Quality Commission regulation.

For insurers, she regular advises on policy coverage and helps to draft policy wordings.

Directory quotes

Clients comment on "the depth of experience and knowledge she has in the medical field," and one says: "She adds value to the process of defence work." - Chambers UK 2018

she is a leading solicitor in the field of reproductive medicine and has experience in mental health, psychiatric injury, overdose and mis-prescription claims. - Legal 500 UK 2017

The "very experienced" Dorothy Flower leads the medical and life sciences team at RPC and is adept in defending suppliers and manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products in major disputes, - Legal 500 UK 2017

Dorothy Flower is a highly regarded practitioner praised for her experience defending individuals and private organisations in clinical negligence cases. She is particularly adept at handling matters involving reproductive medicine. -  Chambers UK 2017

"Recommended" - Legal 500 UK 2016

Flower is noted for her "energy and penetrating analysis when co-ordinating a defence" - Legal 500 UK 2016

Practice head Dorothy Flower ‘brings energy and penetrating analysis to her role’. - Legal 500 UK 2016

Sources describe her as "excellent" and "a good, safe pair of hands who will do a decent job"' - Chambers UK 2016

Listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list, The Legal 500 UK 2015's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide (Clinical Negligence)

"RPC’s Dorothy Flower is ‘top-notch for expertise and commerciality, and fights robustly for clients'" - Legal 500 UK 2015

Recognised as a Hot 100 lawyer for 2015 by The Lawyer for "her standout work in her specialist field."

"Recommended" - Legal 500 UK 2015 

"Dorothy Flower earns praise as a "highly experienced" and "uniquely skilled" specialist in the market" - Chambers UK 2015

"Department head Dorothy Flower has a depth of experience acting for insurers and healthcare organisations" - Legal 500 UK 2014

"Dorothy Flower maintains her position as a respected figure in the clinical negligence field, thanks to her continued appearance on many substantial, complex defence cases" - Chambers UK 2014

Relevant work

Young v Anglo American South Africa 2014- significant Court of Appeal victory on jurisdiction, specifically the interpretation of Article 60 of the Brussels 1 regulation, with far-reaching consequences for all commercial litigation

PIP breast implants litigation- defending the UK supplier and its insurers, in the ongoing group litigation, in which hundreds of women claim that the implants were prone to rupture and therefore of unsatisfactory quality

"Metal-on-metal" hip replacement litigation- defending a manufacturer in 300+ claims, where patients are alleging that the products were defective and failed earlier than other comparable alternatives

Ian Paterson litigation- acting for a private hospital group in defence of hundreds of claims by individuals who allege negligent treatment by breast and general surgeon, Ian Paterson, over a 15 year period

Contaminated baby feed cases- instructed by insurers for the manufacturer