Nadine joined Levy and McRae in September 2022 to commence her traineeship within the L & M Medilaw division of Levy and McRae. During her first year she has gained a wide range of experience within the litigation department focusing primarily on medical negligence. She has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and advised clients on a wide variety of civil claims. Nadine has a particular interest in medical negligence after her own personal experience. She was the Pursuer in the 2015 landmark medical negligence case where a unanimous Supreme Court decision in London changed the UK law with respect to Informed Consent. Nadine’s son, was born with cerebral palsy and left-sided Erbs Palsy, following a 12-minute delay to his birth due to shoulder dystocia. All seven Supreme Court Justices found her Obstetric consultant to be negligent after failing to provide appropriate information regarding options and risks with respect to the mode of delivery of her baby. The Supreme Court reasoned that the previously accepted model of the doctor-patient relationship no longer reflects society and patients nowadays are capable of understanding medical matters. It was held that doctors have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that a patient of sound mind is aware of material risks inherent in treatment and of reasonable alternatives. Moreover, a doctor must engage in dialogue with a patient, to facilitate their free choice about whether to undergo a proposed course of treatment.
Birthrights, a human rights in childbirth charity, announced Nadine as their first ever patron in 2019. In this role, Nadine continues to champion women’s autonomy and consent in childbirth, supporting their communications and campaigns and training for healthcare professionals. Nadine was further honoured to become an Ambassador for the unique charity Baby Lifeline in 2020 and has joined forces with their team to improve safety in maternity care.
Nadines passion for the medical law extends to her membership of the Law Society of Scotland in the Health and Medical Law subcommittee where she is involved in contributing towards the development of policy and legislation to the benefit of both the profession and the public. Nadine is also the class tutor in Delict for the undergraduate law students at the university, teaching all aspects of negligence.
Nadine combines compassion from her own personal experience, with excellent legal knowledge to provide clients with the best advice to achieve successful outcomes.
BSc Molecular Biology – University of Glasgow
LLB – University of Strathclyde
DPLP – University of Strathclyde
MPhil (ongoing) Medical Ethics – University of Strathclyde