Stephanie Prior

Position: Partner

Stephanie is Head of Medical Negligence at Osbornes, with a particular focus on child and adult brain injury cases, fatal cases, obstetric and gynaecological cases, ophthalmology and complex spinal injury cases.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 1997 Stephanie was a registered general nurse. Stephanie has a  Diploma in Forensic Medical Science and is the Legal Editor of and contributor to the publication ‘Medicine Science and the Law’. She is a member of and lecturer at the British Academy of Forensic Sciences. Stephanie regularly lectures on medical negligence to doctors in clinical practice as well as to post graduate medicine students at Barts Hospital.

Stephanie is also a specialist child abuse lawyer. Stephanie is often interviewed by the BBC on TV and radio on issues relating to Child Abuse. Stephanie is currently acting on a number of  high profile and high value child abuse cases and has recently achieved a six figure sum in a historical claim involving a voluntary organisation and a volunteer.

Stephanie is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers & Partners. The directory describes Stephanie :

“Stephanie Prior maintains a broad practice with notable focus on cases relating to gynaecological and obstetric negligence, along with adult brain injuries”.

2018 edition

“She fights hard for her clients and has lots of knowledge and experience” 

2018 edition

“Having a wide-ranging caseload spanning various aspects of clinical negligence, including brain, spinal and fatal injury claims. Sources note her as “effective and tenacious at representing clients,” with commentators also highlighting her as “amazing at client care.”
2017 edition

“A lawyer who is ‘super committed’ and does very well with claimants, particularly in situations with vulnerable individuals.”
2017 edition

“Compassionate and fantastically hard-working lawyer”.
2016 edition

“Stephanie Prior puts everything into the work that she does. She is highly respected for handling claims made by victims of sexual abuse.”
2016 edition

Continuing to receive widespread praise from clients, who state that “she explains the legal aspects of the case very clearly, and she is also a caring person who handles cases on a personal level.”  She has developed a particularly strong reputation for her handling of birth injury claims, as well as cases concerning surgical negligence and delays in surgery.
2014 edition

The Legal 500 also describe Stephanie as being ‘very warm’ and ‘caring’, and an ‘exceptional professional’.

“The ‘highly experienced’ Stephanie Prior is “a very practical negotiator’ who ‘drives hard to achieve a good outcome’ and has a ‘strong’ experience in birth-related injuries.’ Legal 500 2017

Stephanie is an examiner for DipFMS.

Stephanie holds a number of memberships including:

  • The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL)
  • Accredited member of the AvMA Legal Panel – Stephanie has chaired and spoken at the AvMA Medicine for Lawyers conference
  • Member of and Senior Litigator status at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to which she has lectured on brain injury resulting from medial negligence.
  • The Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.
  • Founding fellow and also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the newly established Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences(AFMS).
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