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Partner Manchester Clinical Negligence
Melissa is a Partner in the Clinical Negligence Department. She joined JMW in 2006 and now runs a runs a caseload of complex claims including cerebral palsy and spinal injury cases.
In 2018 she settled two cerebral palsy cases for more than £22 million, enabling her young clients to have the lifelong specialist care they require.
Melissa is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel which confirms her expertise and experience in her chosen area of law.
The 2020 edition of Chambers and Partners says Melissa is noted for her experience in neonatal injury cases, with a focus on brain injury and cerebral palsy claims. One client characterises her as "assured and confident," and reveals: "Whenever I need assurance, she is only a phone call away."
The 2019 edition of legal industry bible the Legal 500 stated that Melissa 'strikes a great rapport with her clients which is vital for communication so she can elicit the best evidence for her clients’.
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
Strikes a great rapport with her clients which is vital for communication so she can elicit the best evidence for her clients.
Notable experience handling claims regarding severe brain injury, stemming from delayed diagnoses and negligent treatment.
Blog Posts by Melissa Gardner
21st August 2013