Head of Medical Injury
Sandra is Head of the Ashtons Legal Medical Injury team and has specialised in claimant clinical negligence law since 1991. Prior to this she was a qualified barrister.
Described as ‘one of the top claimant lawyers in the country’ she has conducted many high value and high profile cases, getting ‘great results from difficult cases’, attracting national publicity and winning record damages in a clinical negligence case.
Sandra has a special interest and expertise in birth injury and children cases and has dealt with claims across a broad range of medical treatment. The past year’s settlements have included a £9.37m settlement for an adult brain injured client and a £9.7m birth injury settlement.
Noted as ‘completely committed to her clients’, she has campaigned to publicise the dangers of a fragmented health service as private providers are increasingly involved and how this policy can compromise patient safety and blur accountability when things go wrong. She has commentated in local and national media on this and other topical issues. She has been chief contributor to the production and filming of a BBC documentary on private health providers. Sandra has written and presented training for GPs and other medics and Citizens Advice Bureaux advisors. She is a member of AvMA’s Clinical Negligence Panel.
"Thank you so much for all your help over the last 5 years or so, you and everyone at Ashtons who has helped with our case have made the whole process a lot easier for us. The damages have already made our lives much better than they otherwise might have been and I'm sure they will continue to do so long into the future." - Ashtons Legal client
"We want to thank you yet again for all your help and continued support which you have provided and are continuing to provide. The current position we are in would not have been possible without your massive contribution, thank you for everything." - Ashtons Legal client
Sandra Patton is ‘a delight to work with' - Legal 500
"You and all those involved on our ‘side’ recognise that a child’s life and future is under consideration at every stage and have always treated us with the utmost respect, and for that I am most grateful – thank you." - Ashtons Legal client
Sandra Patton receives particular praise for handling cases involving neurological injury during birth and childhood. Peers identify her as one of the "standout" practitioners in the market, and admire her "immaculate" preparation of cases.- Chambers & Partners
‘One of the best in her field’, Sandra Patton is ‘a superb lawyer who combines rigorous intellect with great sympathy’. - Legal 500
"We are both eternally grateful to you for your professionalism, your hard work and your kindness to us both." Ashtons Legal client
Sandra Patton has "the right mix of sensitivity and firmness" with clients - Chambers & Partners
Sandra Patton heads the department and has a particular interest in birth injury cases. One source enthuses: "She is really impressive and I highly recommend her. She misses nothing; she is also immensely supportive and empathetic." - Chambers & Partners
‘Shrewd practitioner’ Sandra Patton has ‘deep tactical & technical knowledge’. - Legal 500
Sandra Patton heads the firm's medical injury team. She specialises in cases of the utmost severity, including brain injuries sustained by children and birth injury claims. Sources laud her as "an amazing clinical negligence solicitor who is incredibly caring to her clients but gives robust advice when it's needed." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Sandra has been amazing throughout – we would not have got the outcome we did but for her commitment, dedication, tenacity and support. We will always be indebted to her and the team who have supported us in this matter. " - Ashtons Legal client
“We are all so relieved that we have avoided trial and are ecstatic that 100% liability was admitted. We want to say thank you to you for everything you have done and your perseverance right from the beginning. You have also made every step very clear and explained everything in a way that we fully understood, always been realistic with the timelines and been open for questions no matter how silly they seemed. We really appreciate the time you have spent on our case to get the best possible outcome for our son’s future which I now know will be the best it can be.” - Ashtons Legal client
"Immensely experienced and tenacious litigator’ Sandra Patton is ‘first rate’." - Legal 500
Sandra Patton is "immensely experienced and very impressive in terms of her attention to detail and grasp of the issues. She is extremely good at managing clients and securing the best possible settlement, manages expert witnesses beautifully, and is unflappable." - Chambers & Partners 2018
By Sandra Patton
I have represented the families of children who have been brain damaged at birth for over 20 years. Their motivation for making a claim is to give their child what every parent wants for their children, a good quality of life...