Lynda Reynolds

Senior Associate

Lynda is Head of the Inquest Team that forms part of the Clinical Negligence Department in the London office. She has considerable experience in assisting families with inquests that relate to deaths in hospital or care homes, where medical negligence is expected. 

She has been instructed on Article 2 inquests, inquests with juries and complicated medical inquests where numerous experts have been instructed. Where necessary she will make submissions on the Coroner’s power to issue Prevention of Future Deaths reports. Her inquest role combined with subsequent civil claims ensures that she is a specialist on Fatal Accident Act Claims. She is recognised in both UK Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

The vast extent of types of claims that can cause deaths ensures that she has covered the entire breadth of medical negligence claims. This includes sepsis, delayed cancer diagnosis, gynaecological and obstetric negligence, surgical negligence, pressure sores and orthopaedic negligence against both the NHS and private providers.

In addition to her role in the Inquest team Lynda has a caseload of complex clinical negligence matters which include cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal injuries and cauda equina claims.

She was previously an Intensive Care Nurse. This particularly assists Lynda with understanding medical records and expert reports that form the foundation of any clinical negligence claim. Her nursing experience ensures she is able to effectively communicate complex medical terminology in a clear and concise way to her clients.

Lynda is one of the lead team member for the work with UK Sepsis Trust, she is a member of Inquest and works closely with AvMA and APIL. As part of this role she has attended the Ministry of Justice and Parliament to discuss Legal Aid for families for inquest representation and been involved in the Ministry of Justice consultation on inquests for stillbirths.

Recent Cases

Lynda settled a complex spinal surgery case for £1.5 million where liability was disputed throughout. The case was 2 months from trial when settlement was achieved.

She has also settled a complex Fatal Accidents and dependency claim at mediation when the initial cause of death was suggested as overdose. Review of the medical evidence and expert evidence at the inquest concluded the death was a result of sepsis. The family, widow and three children received in excess of £500,000 to compensate for the deceased’s loss of earnings and services dependency.

Lynda has settled liability on two cerebral palsy matters and she continues to work on quantifying the claim which is anticipated to take several years. The claims are anticipated to be valued in excess of £10 million pounds.

She has settled several stillbirth and neonatal death claims concluding settlement and obtaining apologies for all the families involved. 

Lynda has also secured an Attorney General FIAT and subsequent High Court Approval to quash an inquest from 2012. The family were unrepresented at the inquest into their son’s death and always considered the Coroner’s conclusion was incorrect.

Education

  • Open University LLB Law (Hons): First
  • BPP Law School, London – Legal Practice Course: Distinction
  • ENB 100 Intensive Care Nursing
  • Registered General Nurse (RGN)

Career history

Lynda qualified as a solicitor in September 2014. She was previously an Intensive Care Nurse. 

 

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Lynda has recently been mentioned in Legal 500 as "incredibly determined and inventive" and "leaves no stone unturned in trying to find a remedy for clients".

Legal 500

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Market sources describe her as "very good tactically and really energetic," while one impressed client highlights her "dedication, commitment and organisation."

Chambers & Partners UK

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Lynda Reynolds continues to shine. She is a highly effective litigator and absolutely tireless on her clients' behalf. She is highly skilled and energetic and clients benefit also from the knowledge she has from her previous experience in intensive care nursing.

The Legal 500

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I have not come across a more professional, kind & efficient individual that Lynda Reynolds. She has been amazing from the first phone call. She has made something unbearable – bearable and has meant my wife and I could continue to exist knowing she is fighting our corner

Client

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I could not be more thankful for you during the last year. Your love of your job is obvious to see. I dread to think what it would have been without you, I could not have listened to the evidence and then asked questions of the witnesses, I was in bits.

Client