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Cheryl obtained her Law Degree in 2010 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Birmingham in 2011, receiving a Distinction.


Cheryl started working in legal practice as a Paralegal and thereafter as a Litigation Executive at a large insurance firm and gained 6 years’ experience handling her own case load in personal injury litigation.


Cheryl qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in August 2017 and went on to complete the Professional Skills Course. Cheryl qualified as a Solicitor in January 2018 and joined our Clinical Negligence Department at BTTJ in March 2018 as a Solicitor.



Dawn has over 30 years experience dealing with clinical negligence cases of all types including:

  • Complaints against any Medical Provider such as a Hospital, GP, Physiotherapist, Consultant etc.
  • Inquests and Incidents resulting in Fatality
  • Dental incidents particularly dealing with implants, resorption or periodontal disease
  • Ophthalmic incidents leading to blindness or partial sight particularly relating to Cataract surgery or Option Nerve Sheath Fenestration operations or damage to eye or eyelid following surgery
  • Failure to diagnose serious diseases such as Cancer, Crohns disease etc
  • Gynaecological or Obstetric injuries of any type
  • Catastrophic paediatric cases arising from poorly controlled or managed labour resulting in conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy/Brachial Plexus injury/Shoulder dystocia and/or a difficult labour leading to symptoms of Dyspraxia (lack of co-ordination).
  • Any incidents of potentially negligent medical treatment leading to or resulting in brain damage.
  • Failure of hospital to diagnose damage to tendons particularly if it transpires the tendons have snapped or been cut.
  • Failure to diagnose or properly treat severe illnesses in children by hospital or GP.
  • Failure to properly diagnose or treat any condition leading to Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).


Dawn is also:-

Secretary to LLR CBIT Family Support Group
Trustee of LLR Headway and Vice Chair of Fundraising, Media and Politics Committee

and has won the following awards:-

Winner of ILEX Pro Bono Award 2006
Winner Leicestershire Law Society Chartered Legal Executive of the Year 2013


Dawn was a Co Author along with a Consultant Neuropsychologist of “Clinical and legal issues associated with the use of cycle helmets” published in Social Care and Neurodisability Journal – Issue 4 2012.

In her free time Dawn loves spending time with her family here and overseas.
She would like to say that she is a Beagle owner but feels that it is probably more the other way round and her Beagle owns her!

Janet has a wealth of experience being in practice since 1988.  Janet deals with all areas of Medical Negligence and specialises in Gynaecological and Obstetric cases. Janet also has experience in Inquest work.

A recent client commented “at a very sad time in our lives Janet Wardle provided good, solid advice; she was always kind and caring.”

Angus obtained his Law Degree in 2012 and then went on to study the Legal Practice Course at the De Montfort University in 2012-13.

Angus began working in legal practice as a paralegal with a high street firm before joining BTTJ in the summer of 2015.

Since joining Angus has worked in our Clinical Negligence department, dealing primarily with new enquiries , assisting other fee earners with files as well as running a small caseload of his own. He has dealt with claims including medication prescription error, perforation caused by an endoscopy and a lack of pain relief during a caesarean section.



Lynette has a wealth of experience in advising and representing Claimants having been in practice for more than 14 years.

She is an Accredited Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Law Society Panel.

She was “Highly Commended” by the Law Society and a finalist of the South Wales Legal Executive of the Year 2011.

Lynette hails from Wales and is a keen supporter of Welsh Rugby.

Honours and Awards

“Highly Commended” by the Law Society and Winner of the South Wales Legal Executive, 2011 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Law Society Panel, Accredited Member

Specialising in medical negligence cases since 1988, Tom has extensive experience and knowledge in advising claimants and their families, helping them get through what can be the most difficult of times.

He is a member of Action against Medical Accident (AVMA) and the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panels.  He specialises in Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injury cases and other cases of maximum severity.

Tom heads the Medical Negligence Department at BTTJ and was instrumental in the Department’s recent renewal of its Legal Aid Franchise accreditation, the Auditor from the Legal Aid Agency commenting that the Department’s procedures were the best she had seen.

Areas of Practice

Medical Negligence

Cerebral Palsy

Brain Injury Cases


Professional Associations and Memberships

Actions against Medical Accident (AVMA)

Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel

Senior Litigator – APiL

What our clients say

“The particular lawyer I have been dealing with is Mr T  K Barnes. He has excellent communication skills and always kept me up to date every step of the way on my case. He assured me on every aspect of my claim and never faltered in putting my mind at rest over the last few years especially when my confidence started to fade on occasions.  Although my particular case has been settled, I have chosen this firm to carry on working with me and (in particular Mr T K Barnes) to be Joint Deputy with myself on behalf of my son, for the foreseeable future. I would recommend this firm and this particular lawyer to anyone who is unsure or nervous about employing the use of a lawyer/firm of solicitors.”

Richard joined the Clinical Negligence Department in 2010 following a career at the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority.


A keen rugby player and supporter, his first degree was in Sports Science; the Anatomy and Physiology elements of which gives him a head start in the world of Clinical Negligence.  He retrained during his time with the Law Society, achieving a commendation in the Graduate Diploma in Law and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and a distinction in a Master of Laws Degree in 2009.


Richard is a member of Action against Medical Accidents (AVMA), the recognised mark of expertise for specialist Clinical Negligence lawyers. 


Richard has experience of a very wide range of Clinical Negligence cases including Orthopaedic, Oncological, Urological, Infection, injury during surgery and the management of long term conditions such as diabetes and Crohn’s Disease.  He handles cases from inception to completion, including trial where necessary.  He enjoys broadening his medical knowledge with complex and unusual cases.


Richard also became an Affiliate Member of the Society of Estate Practitioners in 2012 and can advise upon, and create, Personal Injury Trusts to protect any settlement monies from being means tested by the state.

Nicola obtained her Law Degree in 2009 and studied the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Birmingham.

Nicola began working in legal practice as a paralegal before completing her Training Contract with a High Street firm.

Nicola qualified as a solicitor in February 2013 and joined BTTJ in the summer of 2014.

For over a year Nicola worked in our Commercial Property department, dealing primarily with Commercial Property transactions, but also assisting with some residential transactions, having had experience previously dealing with both residential sales and purchases.

Nicola has since decided to broaden her knowledge and change disciplines, joining our Clinical Negligence Department in the summer of 2015. Nicola is currently gaining valuable experience in a wide variety of medical negligence claims.