Before being called to the Bar, Heather had a successful career in dentistry. Not only was she an NHS Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust for 16 years but she has experience of general dental and specialist private practice, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Working in a hospital environment for a substantial part of her career has given Heather a very good understanding of medical conditions, management and terminology, as well as how NHS District General Hospitals tend to work.
Heather also has extensive experience as an expert witness in dental negligence and dental regulatory matters.
Heather’s combined, up-to-date, clinical and expert witness experience is invaluable when cross-examining medical expert witnesses and assessing their reports and treatment costs. She has a unique understanding of clinical negligence and PI claims acting for both claimants and defendants. With these skills, she is able to give early advice and help keep costs down.
Having undertaken mediation training with the London School of Mediation, Heather has a particular understanding of this valuable form of ADR and experience as a mediation advocate in a range of civil matters. She is experienced as a mediation advocate in contractual and clinical negligence disputes.
With her extensive experience as a health practitioner and expert witness Heather is very well placed to advise and represent health professionals in disciplinary and fitness-to-practice matters.
Contact Heather Beckett:
Instructing solicitors are warmly invited to contact Heather at Goldsmith Chambers:
Telephone: 0207 7353 6802
Civil clerks: Ben Cressey/Mia Peermamode Tel: 020 7353 6802
Heather is able to accept instructions on a direct access basis.
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