How can I help you?

I have worked in the field of clinical negligence for 18 years. Thus, my experience includes a wide range of clinical negligence claims. I specialise in:

Wrongful birth cases

I have developed a thorough knowledge of this complex area of the law. I will fully explore the antenatal care with you and the experts to identify what advice should have been given during pregnancy. Where the care has been defective, I will aim to enter judgment quickly with a view to obtaining interim payments to fund any care needs. I have recently settled a wrongful birth case for just under £7m for the parents of a child with Down’s syndrome. You can read about two other cases here: 

Fatal accidents and nervous shock

I have won a significant number of fatal cases and was instructed in the leading Court of Appeal case on nervous shock. I have developed a specialist knowledge of case law in this area and understand how best to present the evidence to ensure that the full psychological and financial impact of a bereavement is acknowledged and compensated for. I will also assist my clients in finding high-quality support and rehabilitation.

Cancer cases

I have developed excellent working relationships with various lead experts in the UK to ensure that the consequences of negligent delay and misdiagnosis are fully investigated as quickly as possible. I appreciate that there may be considerable psychological trauma as a result of a delay in cancer treatment and my approach is to provide support and aim to use as many strategies as possible to resolve the claim as soon as possible.

Orthopaedic cases

I specialise in both upper and lower limb surgery. Often, a simple injury has developed into a very difficult problem due to substandard orthopaedic management. I work closely with the expert to understand the nature of the original injury and then to identify how the substandard care has affected the client, so that care needs, aids and equipment, adaptations to accommodation and losses of earnings can be identified and addressed as soon as possible. You can read about one of my cases where Tees secured a £750,000 settlement for negligent knee replacement surgery.

Delivering what you really need

I appreciate that injuries caused by poor medical treatment cause enormous physical, emotional and financial strain. Therefore, I will take the time to understand what has gone wrong so the advice I give is accurate and reflects your goals.

Furthermore, pursuing legal action against the NHS or other health organisations can be daunting. As a result, I will provide a full explanation and realistic assessment of what you may achieve at the outset of your claim and as it progresses. As well as, advise on the various ways your case may be funded and which option will best suit your particular circumstances removing any worries you may have about legal costs.

A significant percentage of my cases settle without the need for drawn-out litigation. I try to use imaginative ways to resolve the issues cost effectively without compromising quality.

Lastly, I am very happy to meet you at any of our offices or at your home, hospital or care home and I can offer out-of-hours appointments where appropriate.

What do others say? 

Chambers and Partners Legal Directory have described me as a "Star Associate" for my "level of client service" and I am described as "very on the ball" and "very committed" to clinical negligence cases.

What else should you know?

I am on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) specialist medical negligence panel and I have been accredited as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, an organisation which is dedicated to the interests of people who have been injured due to negligence. I have spent three months on secondment to the patient charity AVMA (Action against Medical Accidents). I am a keen cyclist.


Carol Turton


From my first contact with Tees everyone was extremely helpful. Adam was very good at getting me to think about the situation in a calm and reflective manner - he is a very good listener and very caring.
Without the support of Tees, especially Adam, I would not have got any where with the case - their expertise is really amazing.
When I spoke to other members of the team they knew what was happening and were very helpful and professional.
Very pleased with the end result - it cannot change what occurred but I feel a certain amount of vindication that I stood up for my late husband and myself by saying I don't believe this should have happened.

Catherine Chaumoo


Many thanks to Tees and in particular Adam Copeland for settling my claim out of court.
It had been a particularly difficult time for me sustaining a knee injury at work. Adam worked tirelessly, in a professional but friendly manner. Keeping me totally informed regarding the process and possible outcomes.
He managed to secure a settlement of £57,000 on my behalf "life changing monies for me"
I would recommend no other than Tees, thank you so much and in particular your acknowledgement of the psychological issues this accident had caused me.

Alex Haidar


Given the relatively late change in solicitor, I am extremely happy that it was Adam Copeland that picked up my case. Whenever I asked for more explanation Adam gave this, he was always responsive and even answered queries I had made outside office hours. I felt that Adam was engaged with my case and genuinely keen for me to get a good outcome. The team surrounding him was also very efficient and the “ordeal” of a negotiations meeting with the other party was made far more bearable with their presence and support.



Adam Copeland is an asset to your firm. Adam made, what was a very emotional and challenging situation for myself and my brother easy. His professionalism, knowledge, empathy and calm demeanour made the world of difference. He communicated complex matters and processes simply without being patronising. I was made to feel that he really cared about my brother. So much so he understood how difficult it would be for him to go through a full court process, and by talking about it he proposed direct mediation for an out of court lower settlement which meant the case was settled quickly and my brother will have the benefit of the settlement now, when he needs it.

The end result was an out of court settlement and I am happy that this was managed with little input from my brother who would not have coped. It means he will personally have the benefit of the money; rather than it go to his estate as I am concerned about his life expectancy.

Cheryl Darling


My legal representative at Tees Law was Adam Copeland and he was amazing! He invested everything possible to help bring my case to a successful resolution, despite this not being a straightforward process. He kept me fully informed along the way and was always available to answer phone calls and emails (there were many!). I’m really glad I took the plunge because I now don’t have to spend the rest of my life regretting not doing so. During stressful moments, Adam was reassuring and made me feel at ease, as did other personnel involved in my case – other Tees staff, external Medical Experts and my Barrister/Counsel. Due to their professional and efficient approach, I always felt I was in good hands as was happy to let them lead the way to a successful conclusion of my case.
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