Katie Tonks

Katie Tonks

Senior Associate Birmingham, United Kingdom

Katie is a Senior Associate based in Kennedys’ Birmingham office. She qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004.

Katie represents NHS Resolution in relation to clinical negligence claims. NHS trusts include Barts Health NHS Trust and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

She deals with a broad range of clinical negligence claims including high value birth injury cases and high value cases involving neurological injuries.

For a number of years, Katie represented various Medical Protection Society members on general practitioner (GP) claims and claims involving reconstructive, gynaecological, orthopaedic, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, and neurosurgery.

She supervises solicitors and a legal apprentice in the Birmingham office.
Katie spent seven years working in Kennedys’ London office before relocating to Birmingham in 2016.

She is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2004

Market sources say: "She has good instincts and is very talented."

Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Associate to watch for 'Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant (UK-wide)'
    "Market sources say: "She has good instincts and is very talented."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Associate to watch for 'Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant (UK-wide)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • A Notable Practitioner (Associate to Watch) for ‘Clinical negligence: mainly defendant (UK-wide)’
  • “Senior associate Katie Tonks handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims including serious neurological and gynaecological issues. Commentators praise her as a ‘good and sensible’ lawyer who is a ‘very sound case handler.’”
    Chambers UK 2018
  • Katie was commended for her “able, proficient and competent handling of a very complex technical medical negligence case.”
    Chambers UK 2015

Work highlights

 

  • Successfully defended gynaecological claim at trial concerning the alleged negligent performance of a myomectomy procedure.
  • Discontinuance of a claim during trial in a case against a GP for prescribing penicillin to a patient who was alleged to have been allergic to penicillin and subsequently died.