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Former nurse heads up the Slater and Gordon Medical Negligence practice in Sydney

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Medical negligence lawyer and accredited specialist Kate Williams has been promoted to Practice Group Leader of the Medical Law team in Sydney.

Ms Williams has practiced for more than 22 years and has managed a number of high profile cases including the Thredbo landslide disaster and one of the first cerebral palsy trials in Australia.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms Williams spent more than 12 years as a registered nurse, including at St Vincent’s Hospital.

“I have always loved medicine and working in medical law was a way for me to use the insight I gained working as a nurse in my legal career,” Ms Williams said. 

“When I was studying, medical law was something of an emerging field in Australia.

“In the same year that I graduated from university in 1993, the decision of Rogers v Whitaker was finalized in the High Court. The case delved into a doctor’s duty to provide warnings to patients as to inherent risks of procedures.

“That decision changed the future of medical claims in Australia and was something I followed very closely.”

Ms Williams said she thrives on the challenge of litigation.

“I love the adrenalin in litigation and developing case theories and strategies to pursue claims and obtain positive results for my clients,” Ms Williams said.

“I will never forget working on the Thredbo landslide disaster in which I acted for nine of the plaintiffs.

“The inquest ran for over two years which meant I was in court every day for much of that time. I learnt advocacy skills from some of the best counsel in NSW and still draw on these days for inspiration. 

“I was also involved in one of the first cerebral palsy trials and was incredibly proud that we were about to obtained over $10.5 million for the client which has allowed her to receive exceptional ongoing care. I am still in contact with her today. 

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to take a leadership role in the medical law practice at Slater and Gordon and look forward to continuing to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients.”

Slater and Gordon General Manager Rachael James said Kate is a huge asset to the medical negligence team.

“Kate has worked in an advisory role on medical law issues as in house counsel and has a keen interest in risk management issues in all areas of medical practice,” Ms James said.

“She has acted on behalf of hundreds of plaintiffs in medical negligence claims as well as representing doctors and hospitals.

“We are very lucky to have such experienced and talented practitioners in the NSW Medical Law practice and I am looking forward to Kate operating in a managing role to help lead the team into the future.”