5 Essex Court

Amy Clarke

Call 2010

Healthcare

Amy accepts instructions across Chambers’ main practice areas with particular interest in police law, inquests and inquiries. Described by instructing solicitors as “approachable”, “tenacious and persuasive”, Amy primarily represents police forces as well as other public sector organisations such as NHS Trusts.

Amy is currently instructed on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service. Other recent examples of her work include a multi-track trial examining the use of force by police officers on a blind detainee, judicial review of the use of spitguards, an inquest into the death of a child after contact with the NHS 111 service and misconduct proceedings arising from a death in custody.

Amy has extensive experience of appearing at Coroners Courts around the country, primarily for police forces and NHS Trusts and is regularly instructed on jury inquests and cases engaging Article 2 of the ECHR. Amy undertook a secondment in the inquest team at a leading firm of solicitors in 2016, which has given her invaluable insight into the specific needs of NHS clients.

Amy regularly advises on Serious Incident and Root Cause Analysis reports, as well as providing representation at inquests. Amy has recently been instructed on cases involving cardiac arrest following positional asphyxia, delayed attendance by police officers to a scene where a member of the public had committed suicide, absconsion from custody, detention under the Mental Health Act 1983, levels of observation on an acute psychiatric ward, advice given by the NHS 111 service, a neonatal death arising from failures in midwifery care, delayed diagnosis of sepsis, the failure of a cardiac device, delay in conveyance to hospital, and many cases involving geriatric death following falls in care homes and hospitals.

Amy has extensive experience of appearing at Coroners Courts around the country on behalf of police forces, local authorities, NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers. Amy is regularly instructed on jury inquests and cases engaging Article 2 of the ECHR.

Amy undertook a secondment in the clinical inquest team at a leading firm of solicitors in 2016, which has given her invaluable insight into the specific needs of healthcare clients. Amy regularly advises on Serious Incident and Root Cause Analysis reports, as well as providing representation at inquests.

Amy has extensive experience of appearing at Coroners Courts around the country on behalf of police forces, local authorities, NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers. Amy is regularly instructed on jury inquests and cases engaging Article 2 of the ECHR.

Amy undertook a secondment in the clinical inquest team at a leading firm of solicitors in 2016, which has given her invaluable insight into the specific needs of healthcare clients. Amy regularly advises on Serious Incident and Root Cause Analysis reports, as well as providing representation at inquests.

Amy has recently been instructed on cases involving the following:

  • Cardiac arrest following gallbladder surgery
  • The failure of a cardiac stent fittied during a routine angioplasty procedure
  • Sepsis, which developed after a patient had become unwell from a spider bite
  • Examination of the basic care given over the course of eight days in hospital
  • Geriatric care in hospital, including management of pressure ulcers and the risk of falls
  • Failure to provide anti-epilepsy medication
  • Death in prison from the rapid onset of necrotising fasciitis
  • Death in prison associated with mental health difficulties
  • Absconsion from hospital whilst detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Disappearance from hospital during a period of voluntary admission
  • Levels of observation and the assessment of suicidal risk on an acute psychiatric ward
  • Frequency and intensity of contact with a Community Mental Health Team
  • The death of a young child from bowel intussuception
  • Advice given by the NHS 111 service, including the creation of appropriate care pathways, examination of the provision of training for call handlers and the impact of the specific advice given by a number of call handlers over a period of 24 hours
  • Neonatal death arising from failures in midwifery care and delayed diagnosis of obstetric cholestasis
  • Delayed attendance by police officers to a scene where a member of the public had committed suicide
  • Cardiac arrest following positional asphyxia
  • Examination of the involvement of the police immediately before a death in suspicious circumstances
  • Missing person strategy and procedure
  • Death in prison custody shortly after a period of police custody
  • The approach taken to those who appear to be in mental health crisis whilst being detained in police custody