Associates

Katy Meade - Associate

Katy is an associate solicitor in the Healthcare team at Hayes solicitors. Katy is dual qualified as a nurse and healthcare solicitor. She has over six years' healthcare litigation experience working in leading firms in both Ireland and the UK. Katy advises clinical practitioners and their indemnity bodies on the defence of medical negligence claims.

Prior to joining Hayes solicitors, Katy worked with an established Legal 500 and Chambers ranked UK firm, practising as a plaintiff healthcare solicitor advising on a wide range of low, medium and high value clinical negligence claims. Katy’s unique experience as a nurse and lawyer has provided her with significant expertise in both clinical and legal matters.  

Katy is an associate solicitor in the Healthcare team at Hayes solicitors. Katy is dual qualified as a nurse and healthcare solicitor. She has over six years' healthcare litigation experience working in leading firms in both Ireland and the UK.  Katy advises clinical practitioners and their indemnity bodies on the defence of medical negligence claims.

Prior to joining Hayes solicitors, Katy worked with an established Legal  500 and Chambers ranked UK firm, practising as a plaintiff healthcare solicitor advising on a wide range of low, medium and high value clinical negligence claims. Katy’s unique experience as a nurse and lawyer has provided her with significant expertise in both clinical and legal matters.  

Experience

  • Plaintiff and defence litigation - Katy has extensive experience managing High Court and Circuit Court claims arising from a wide variety of medical injuries such as: gynaecological injury, delay in cancer diagnosis, orthopaedic injury, vascular injury and mismanagement of infection
  • Catastrophic injury - Katy has assisted senior partners in plaintiff litigation arising from catastrophic injury including cerebral palsy. In her role at Hayes, Katy supports the partners in the defence of catastrophic injury claims. These cases involve comprehensive investigations into issues of liability including in depth analysis of complex medico legal opinion. The investigations can also involve forensic analysis of complex schedules of special damage
  • Regulatory - Katy has acted for medical practitioners in the defence of proceedings before the Medical Council and other regulatory bodies. Katy has also advised on the regulations involving the online advertising of pharmacies together with the sale of medicinal products
  • Inquest- Katy has represented families at Inquest. At Hayes solicitors, Katy supports the partners representing hospitals at Inquests.

Qualifications/Education 

  • Professional qualification as a solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2010
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Memberships

  • Law Society of Ireland

Other 

  • Katy's article on the correlation between hospital understaffing and neglect was published by leading UK healthcare publication, Nursing Times