Kate Lax

Director in Medical & Clinical Negligence


13 years


Kate obtained a 2:1 in her Law and Criminology degree at Sheffield Hallam University in 2005 and then went onto complete her Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University in 2008. She has specialised in Personal Injury and Medical Negligence since 2007 when she started work as a Paralegal at a South Yorkshire Law Firm. Kate qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 at a Manchester based firm and has continued to practice in Medical Negligence since.

Main Areas of Work:

  • Providing assistance to Client’s going through the NHS Complaints Procedure.
  • Clinical negligence matters involving birth injuries.
  • Cases of misdiagnosis.
  • Delay in diagnosis.
  • Informed consent cases.
  • Claims against GP’s, hospitals and care homes
  • Dental claims.
  • Cosmetic surgery claims.
  • Fatal cases and dependency claims
Experience in dealing with high value personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents and accidents at work.

    Great / Notable achievements at Wake Smith:

    • Succeeding in a multi-million pound action against a Hospital Trust after a patient sustained a serious brain injury at birth.
    • Acting for a Claimant in a serious road traffic accident, securing compensation over £100,000.
    • Assisting on a claim where there was no informed consent for a routine surgical procedure resulting in a serious debilitating knee condition, securing £225,000 for the Claimant.

      What clients say about you:

      ‘Kate Lax was brilliant. She really took the time to understand our case and worked hard to ensure we understand all points she raised. She was able to recommend things to us that we hadn’t even considered and allowed us to receive some closure on a painful and sad experience. She was professional at all times whilst being friendly and empathetic. I am so pleased we chose to work with her.’ - Quoted inThe Legal 500 2022

      The ‘well prepared and conscientious lawyer‘ Kate Lax, who is praised for ‘going that extra mile for her clients‘. Quoted in The Legal 500 UK 2019

      “Through our tough times Kate Lax Was totally amazing professional and caring what a truly wonderful person”

      “I cannot praise Kate Lax enough, her knowledge and advise was amazing throughout my case, always kept me up to date and informed of progress , the outcome was life changing for me and I cannot thank her enough. She is an asset to your company and really does sit way above the rest for he knowledge and ability to get results”

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