Janet Sayers

Janet Sayers

Partner London, United Kingdom


  • She is dual qualified, in England and Wales (1981) and Northern Ireland (1996)

Janet is a partner and head of Kennedys’ Healthcare division. She is also a member of Kennedys’ strategy board.

Based in our London office, Janet handles a wide range of claims for NHS and private hospitals including cerebral palsy, paediatrics and spinal injuries. She also advises medical malpractice insurers on policy issues and provides health law advice to hospitals and healthcare practitioners.

Janet implemented one of the first structured settlements in the country in 1991 and represented the defendant NHS Trust in one of the UK’s highest clinical negligence award. Janet also acts for healthcare practitioners at disciplinary hearings before their regulatory bodies, as well as representing hospitals and healthcare practitioners at inquests.

Janet regularly contributes to Kennedys’ healthcare brief and is a co-author of Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide, having written the chapter on medical negligence claims.

She is also a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

Highly regarded for her forensic approach

Chambers UK 2016

Market recognition

  • Included in the The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2019 for Clinical Negligence (London) 
  • Comes “highly regarded for her ‘forensic approach”.
    Chambers UK 2016
  • “Excellent leader Janet Sayers heads the group …”
    The Legal 500 UK 2015
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer
    The Legal 500 UK 2016 and 2017
  • "Janet Sayers has strong experience handling cerebral palsy, spinal injury and anaesthetic-related claims…"
    The Legal 500 UK 2016

Work highlights

  • (1) Kerstin Parkin (suing by her husband & next friend Mark Barrington Perkin) (2) Mark Barrington Perkin v Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust [2002] (Largest clinical negligence claim in England).
  • Thorman v New Hampshire Insurance Co (UK) Ltd. Also known as Home Insurance Co v New Hampshire Insurance Co (UK) Ltd [1988]. House of Lords leading decision on circumstances likely to lead to a claim.
  • Crofton (a patient suing by his father and litigation friend John Crofton) v NHS Litigation Authority [2007] Leading decision on statutory funding.
  • Fitzgerald v Lane and Another [1989] House of Lords decision on contribution.
  • Christian Raphael v Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority [2006] Leading case on discount rate.
Market recognition
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    Leading Individual

    Chambers UK 2016

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016