Alison Starkey

"They are open, approachable, methodical and efficient. They are clear and offer regular communication." Chambers Guide 2018

I am an Associate (FCILEx) in the Medical Negligence Team, and I also have qualifications in both general and psychiatric nursing.

I worked for 10 years within the NHS, latterly holding a Nurse Specialist’s post within the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s Leukaemia Unit, before leaving the NHS to pursue a career in law.

I manage a varied caseload of clinical negligence claims, including a number arising from there being a delay in the diagnosis of cancer and negligently caused injuries during surgical procedures. I have represented many bereaved families throughout the process of Coroners’ Inquests and have subsequently assisted them in bringing legal claims.


Career Highlights
  • Successfully obtaining compensation for two women who sustained negligently caused injuries during breast reconstruction surgery, undertaken by the same surgeon. He was subsequently removed from the Register of the General Medical Council.
    Acting on behalf of a young man who suffered from disabling, chronic facial pain following nerve damage during ENT surgery. The claim settled for a six figure sum.
    Successfully obtaining compensation for a woman who had to undergo radical surgery as a consequence of a delay in the diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Other Information

I am a committee member of the Devon & Exeter Medico Legal Association, and also a member of the charitable organisation, Action Against Medical Accidents and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.