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Ken Thomas


Equity Partner and Head of Department, AVMA Panel Member since 1999.  Previously voted Welsh lawyer of the year.

Ken Thomas is head of the team having acted on clinical negligence cases for 25 years.  He has throughout that time dealt exclusively with such claims, one of the few solicitors in the region to truly do so.  Ken has obtained approximately £30 million in compensation for his clients.  He is a member of SCOPE and maintains a multi-million-pound case load of complex claims including fatal injury and brain damage cases.  In 2006, Ken obtained APIL Senior Litigator status, and in 2012 became one of the country’s first APIL Clinical Negligence accredited specialists and an Assessor for new applicants.

Ken was very closely involved in the Welsh Government’s groundbreaking  “Putting Things Right”  scheme for resolving NHS concerns.  This was introduced in 2011  and provided for the Welsh Government to pay fixed fees for legal advice for accredited specialist firms where the claim is against a Welsh NHS body.  The Westminster Government is, of course, consulting on fixed fees at the present time.

Over a ten-year period, Ken wrote a monthly medico-legal column for a local paper and a regular column for the Western Mail (the national newspaper of Wales).  Likewise, he has taken part in BBC Wales programs (both TV and radio) is repeatedly consulted by national media sources for comment, and has been asked to contribute to a Legal Journal on Clinical Negligence topics.

Ken has recently been once again named within ‘The Legal 500’ directory as a Leading Individual for his excellent reputation and experience in the medical negligence field.

Headed by the ‘superb’ Ken Thomas, Harding Evans LLP‘s 11-strong team has an ‘excellent reputation‘ in Wales and beyond, across a wide range of clinical negligence cases brought against medical, nursing and dental practitioners.

As one of the very few firms in Wales with a clinical negligence Legal Aid franchise contract, the team receives a significant flow of publicly-funded mandates. Alongside Thomas, Lauren Watkins has had a key role in developing the practice, and is noted for her expertise across a range of negligence claims, including in relation to brain and birth injury, spinal injury, obstetric and gynaecologic cases.

The Legal 500 2021


‘Led by the experienced and knowledgeable Ken Thomas, Harding Evans LLP’s team has an excellent knowledge of the local market and continues to receive a raft of private and publicly funded instructions across the waterfront of claims against medical, nursing, pharmacy and dental practitioners’.

‘As well as the firm’s capability and willingness to take matters through to trial, the team is often able to settle cases on excellent terms, without even needing to issue a claim, a testament to the stature with which it has gained over the years’.

The Legal 500 2022


Top-tier firm with longstanding expertise across the whole gamut of clinical negligence matters. Possesses particular experience in complex and high-value birth injury claims and brain damage cases as well as amputation claims. Displays additional aptitude in mandates involving delayed diagnoses.

Ken Thomas is knowledgeable in delayed diagnoses, amputation, brain injury and birth injury cases.
“He is an excellent litigator; he is very astute and very good at managing client expectations.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

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