Samantha Goward

Samantha Goward

Senior Associate (Solicitor Advocate) Cambridge, United Kingdom

Samantha qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and a solicitor-advocate in 2007 (all higher courts), and specialises in healthcare law.

In March 2021 Samantha was appointed as assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Samantha was also appointed assistant coroner in Norfolk as of January 2022.

She handles a wide range of matters for hospitals including cerebral palsy, paediatrics and spinal injury claims. She advises and represents trusts at inquests, advises trusts on issues of healthcare law and lectures to trusts (clinicians and managers) on various areas of law. Samantha has also lectured at Cambridge University and for the charity Baby Lifeline.

She has higher rights of audience enabling her to represent trusts at hearings up to the Supreme Court and has previously appeared in the Court of Appeal.  Samantha also represents trusts at inquests, including before Juries.

Samantha has undertaken secondments in the Technical Claims Unit at NHS Resolution and for 10 months in a large mental health trust.

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer
    The Legal 500 UK 2014/17
  • Solicitor advocate recommendation
    The Legal 500 UK 2013
  • A rising star for inquest work
    The Legal 500 UK 2012
  • "Invariably well prepared"
    The Legal 500 UK 2011

Work highlights

  • Samantha was instructed by the Trust in the case of R (Platts) v HM Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) - [2008] EWHC 2502 (Admin) - (Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust – interested party) – An appeal relating to status of interested parties and Article 2 Human Rights Act.
  • Samantha was instructed in the unusual case of Jennifer Simpson (as assignee of Alan Catchpole) v Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust [2011] EWCA Civ 1149, in which Kennedys successfully argued in the Court of Appeal that it was unlawful for a personal injury claim to be assigned to a third party who had no legitimate interest in the claim.
  • Samantha has been involved in high value claims, including a recent claim which settled for in excess of £18 million where the Claimant had moved abroad and experts from the USA were instructed and issues of the discount rate and indexation arose.
  • She was also represented the Trust in successfully defending the case of Griffiths v Chief Constable of Suffolk Police and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 2538 (QB). This case deals with the important legal principles of the scope of Duty of Care owed by not only health professionals but also those in public service including the police to third party victims.