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Samantha Presland specialises in the fields of Clinical Negligence, Court of Protection, Inquests and Personal Injury. She is also a trained mediator, acting as a mediator in commercial and civil matters and in community matters on a voluntary basis for the London Borough of Lambeth, as well as chairing for Youth Offender Panels under the government’s restorative justice programme.
As well as being a general personal injury practitioner, she has a specialist practice in industrial disease cases, in particular asbestosis. She is an experienced and knowledgeable junior in catastrophic injury cases, and has worked on several high value claims against the MIB, within the MIB agreement for untraced drivers. Her skills as a trained mediator are of particular value when acting in Court of Protection matters, where compromise and solution finding are essential over combative litigation. She has a genuine ability to relate compassionately, but constructively with distressed families, as well as, achieve practical solutions with professional parties. She works for the Official Solicitor, Local Authorities and families.
Samantha uses her extensive clinical negligence experience in her Inquest practice, acting for families, health care professionals, NHS Trusts, mental health trusts as well as private companies. She has frequently acted in Article 2 Inquests, her ability to work sensitively with the parties involved ensures better results for the clients, in what are often harrowing circumstances.
She acts for Claimants, Defendants, Practitioners and Families alike; bringing to each and every case the same analytical approach, attention to detail, practical solutions and approachable, client focused, sensitive manner.
Sam is happy and willing to undertake or assist with training across any of her core areas of practice for solicitors who may wish to meet her to see how she works and approaches legal issues.
Sam’s personal injury practice encompasses a range of niche specialisms. She has significant experience of running high value group action litigation for Claimants who have been injured abroad. She regularly represents former (and current) members of the military in claims against the Ministry of Defence. She acts for victims of historic sex abuse.
Sam is an experienced junior counsel in catastrophic injury cases, spinal and brain injury. She developed a particular specialism in Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims, which lead to her running a group action against BT for deafness caused by oscillator sets. There were over a thousand cases against BT, with many ultimately going to trial on various causation issues.
Over the last two years she has extended her Industrial Disease practice into asbestos work with a particular interest in the low exposure, or non-employment exposure cases.
Sam has developed an extensive inquest practice. She acts for families, medical practitioners, hospital trusts and commercial enterprises. She brings a great deal of sensitivity and calmness to a process which is harrowing for all concerned. She is able to deal with the bereaved and other interested parties in such a way as to reduce the upset of the proceedings and is often praised by coroners for dealing with matters so deftly. She often appears in inquests where psychiatric patients have committed suicide, both for families and the NHS Trusts involved, as well as several death in custody inquests.
Appointments & Memberships
Areas of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Clinical Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Personal Injury
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
- Mental Health
“She finds a way to win and provides excellent analysis of the evidence.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
“Fights hard for her clients.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014