Grainne Barton


Grainne is a partner at Hugh James, specialising in clinical negligence claims. She has been ranked as a leading individual in the legal directories in this area for more than fifteen years.

Grainne leads a specialist team of medical negligence lawyers based in the Hugh James London office. The team and individuals are recognised by the independent legal directories ‘The Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers and Partners UK’.

Grainne is a member of both the AvMA and Law Society Clinical Negligence Panels. She deals with all levels of clinical negligence work, but particularly deals with large and maximum value obstetric cases and complex high value claims.

She is recognised by her peers as a leader in her field. Her reputation as a tough negotiator on behalf of her clients and her ability to conduct litigation and press towards settlement is often commented upon.

She receives regular referrals from her peers, opponents, experts and counsel. This illustrates the high esteem within which she is held in this field.

Grainne is well known for having her finger on the pulse of any developments in her field and is always up to date with current case law and developments. She has an active interest in proposed funding changes, CPR changes, case law and holds a wealth of industry based knowledge gained from her wide range of contacts and considerable experience.

For many within this area of law she is the ‘go to’ contact for inside knowledge.  She has been asked to support successful QC applications.

Work History

Grainne advanced to partner at Hugh James in 2013. Grainne qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and became a senior associate at Hugh James in 2012.