What is the focus of your practice?
Clinical negligence and medical malpractice litigation for the NHSLA, NHS Trusts and Insurers.
How did you get into clinical negligence work?
I qualified into a Defendant PI role at a national firm. They were then appointed to the NHSLA panel in 2001 and I was asked to have a go at it. Fifteen years later I am still having a go.
What is the best thing about your job? And the worst?
Taking a view on a case when it first comes in and ultimately being proved right at trial is always fun, though it doesn't always work out like that… I don't think there is a worst, though some meetings I go to could be shorter.
What do you think the near future holds for the industry?
Lots more change: technology, flexible working, alternative billing and fee arrangements. I am sure it will all be good clean fun.
What’s the most interesting recent case you’ve been involved in?
Actually, what I still find interesting is that every case has a human story at its heart, waiting to be revealed. Those small details and bits of the history intrigue me, though I suspect I might just be a bit nosey.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given as a lawyer?
I can't think of any one piece of advice that is especially earth shattering – however, I have been lucky enough to work with some very talented senior lawyers. I have picked up bits and pieces from all of them and attempted to aggregate those marginal gains.
Outside the law, what do you like doing?
I play a few musical instruments very badly and socialise.
Tim Hodgetts has been a partner in Bevan Brittan since 2007 and leads a team of 15 solicitors working across three offices.
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