This seventh edition provides guidance to the various stages through which claimants and their lawyers must progress in a claim for clinical negligence in the UK. Written in a clear and concise style, the book has been fully updated to take account of the various important developments in UK legislation and case law that have occurred since the previous edition. Practical and accessible, it provides practitioners with a structured background to the law. This information is supported by numerous UK case illustrations, plus a large amount of highly valuable practical guidance on procedure. It is a 'must-have' for all practitioners specializing in this complex area of the law. Contents include: causation in negligence * human rights and clinical negligence * damages * expert evidence * terms of duty of care * detention * the Mental Capacity Act 2005 * the NHS Redress Act 2006.