Benefit from expert medico-legal advice
Members of SEMPRIS benefit from the expert legal support and representation offered by DWF Law. Our members receive legal advice, support with claims and event notification and assistance on all issues arising from professional practice.
The service is led by Dr Michael Kyriagis and supported by Joanne Staphnill & Laura Wheatstone who have over 30 years’ combined experience in all aspects of medical law, including clinical negligence claims, complaints procedures, GMC and NHS disciplinary procedures.
The service is available from 9am – 6pm on all working days and on a 24 hour basis for emergency calls. Together with specialist lawyers, DWF provide exceptional levels of personal service 24/7.
Telephone: 0333 010 2826
Medico-Legal Principal Advisers:
Dr Michael Kyriagis
Michael is a dual‐qualified doctor and lawyer, with over 15 years’ medico‐legal experience. Having practiced as a GP Michael re‐qualified as a lawyer in New South Wales, where he regularly acted in personal injury and clinical negligence cases, disciplinary matters and cases involving defective medical devices. Michael worked for the Medical Defence Union as a Senior Medical Claims Handler where he was responsible for a variety of complex and high value claims. He is admitted to practise as a solicitor in NSW, England & Wales and a registered medical practitioner with the NSW Medical Board and GMC.
Joanne Staphnill – Partner – DWF Law
After reading Law at Cambridge, Joanne qualified as a barrister. She joined Robin Simon LLP (Triton Legal now merged with DWF) in 2005 and re‐qualified as a solicitor. Joanne defends claims against clinical practitioners and has successfully acted in claims arising from a wide variety of procedures. Joanne regularly provides specialist training on risk management for clinical professionals.
Laura Wheatstone – Solicitor – DWF Law
Laura joined Robin Simon LLP (Triton Legal now merged with DWF) on qualification as a Solicitor in 2014, having previously undertaken her legal training at BLM. Laura defends clinical practitioners from a wide variety of claims arising from numerous different procedures. Laura understands the need to manage claims on a cost-effective basis, but also has experience of taking claims to trial if settlement is not the appropriate option. Laura was recently successful in winning a multi-track trial against a healthcare professional.