Lydia Barnett *Currently on Maternity Leave*
After undergoing surgery I was left infertile. I had my initial consultation with Lydia in which she made me feel completely at ease. She understood the physical and psychological implications of my claim. These types of claims can take a long time and I was concerned it would have a big impact on my life. Lydia has always been professional, honest and thoughtful and contacted me only when required. She always got back to me quickly when I have had questions. I cannot recommend Lydia and Coles Miller enough.
Lydia studied Law and Philosophy at Kent University, before completing her Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Guildford in 2003. Lydia began working at Coles Miller in 2004, initially assisting the Head of the Personal Injury Department in high value brain injury cases for over 3 years before embarking on her Training Contract. Lydia has specialised in medical negligence since 2008, subsequently qualifying as a Solicitor in March 2009. She was made Partner on 1 May 2015.
Lydia has a special interest in cases involving brain injuries and delayed diagnosis of strokes; substandard hysterectomies; bowel, bladder and gastrointestinal injuries; kidney failure, dialysis and transplants; obstetrics; cardiac injuries; claims against opticians; delay in diagnosis of scaphoid fractures; failed hernia operations; product liability and complex consent issues.
In March 2020, Lydia had an article published in the Personal Injury Law Journal in which she explores the causes of high legal fee costs for the NHS and considers the improvements which are necessary.
Lydia prides herself on giving an efficient, friendly and approachable service in circumstances which can be particularly difficult for clients. Lydia is a proactive supporter of local business and charity, regularly attending Dorset Chamber events and fundraisers for Wessex Cancer Trust, Julia’s House and Diverse Abilities.