Melissa Gardner


Melissa Gardner

Partner Manchester Clinical Negligence

Melissa is a Partner in the Clinical Negligence Department. She joined JMW in 2006 and runs a caseload of complex claims including cerebral palsy and spinal injury cases.

Her recent settlements include obtaining a £13 million care package in 2021 for a child who suffered catastrophic hypoglycaemic brain damage at birth after midwives failed to ensure he was feeding properly. 

Other notable settlements include cases involving two children who have severe cerebral palsy due to maternity errors which settled for more than £22 million, enabling her young clients to have the lifelong specialist care they require.

Cauda equina syndrome is another area Melissa has significant expertise in and in 2021 she secured £900,000 to assist a client whose life has been devastated by negligent treatment of the condition. 

Melissa has been ranked in legal industry guide Chambers and Partners for the last six years, with the 2021 edition commenting on her experience of birth injuries resulting in catastrophic brain damage, as well as cases related to neonatal negligence. Her extensive knowledge of cauda equina syndrome claims is also referenced.

The 2021 edition of legal industry bible the Legal 500 stated that Melissa is a key member of the JMW team.

Melissa is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel which confirms her expertise and experience in the field of clinical negligence.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys travelling and cycling, having completed the departmental ‘Coast to Coast’ bike ride in aid of charity.

Read more about one of Melissa's high-value cerebral palsy cases that settled for £22 million here.


  • Ranked Chambers and Partners
  • Clinical Negligence Accreditation SchemeRanked The Law Society
  • Recommended Lawyer The Legal 500

What others say

Very caring to the client and very good tactically.

Chambers and Partners 2022

Strikes a great rapport with her clients which is vital for communication so she can elicit the best evidence for her clients.

The Legal 500 2019

Notable experience handling claims regarding severe brain injury, stemming from delayed diagnoses and negligent treatment.

Chambers and Partners 2019

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