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Barry Bayley

Partner, Solicitor

  01752 292386

Barry is a Partner in the Medical Negligence Department. He specialises in complex, high value brain and spinal injury claims and has particular expertise in acting for children and young adults who have cerebral palsy.

Barry is recognised as a leading clinical negligence lawyer and is a member of the specialist clinical negligence panels of the Law Society, AvMA (the charity – Action against Medical Accidents) and APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers where he holds Senior Litigator status). He is approved by both the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway.Barry has worked in the area of clinical negligence for over 30 years and is committed to going the extra mile to achieve the best possible result for those whose lives have been tragically affected by negligent medical care. He strives to ensure not only the best financial settlement possible, but also to assist with early rehabilitation and acre to improve the quality of life for his clients.

Barry has, for many years has been recognised as a leading individual by Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession, describing him as “an exceptional solicitor; very dedicated and a real fighter”.

Barry has been involved with Torbay Tigers Basketball Club for over 40 years, and is currently the Chairman and a coach, only occasionally gracing the Court in a playing capacity. He is a keen golfer and skier.

Barry has many years’ experience in investigating Cerebral Palsy claims on behalf of children and young adults.

He has previously investigated, or is currently investigating Cerebral Palsy claims involving failures and/or delays in the diagnosis or treatment of various conditions, including:

  • Hypoxia or asphyxia – inadequate oxygenation during labour and delivery whether chronic partial or acute total
  • Failure to recognise the signs and symptoms of hypoxia, e.g. on a CTG trace
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Cardiac problems during surgery
  • Jaundice
  • Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugars)
  • Hyperglycaemia (high blood sugars)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Infections
  • Meningitis
  • Meconium Aspiration
  • Group B Streptococcus
  • Failure to perform a timely Caesarean Section
  • Excessive force used in an assisted delivery (e.g. by forceps or ventouse)
  • Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Head injury
  • Hypoxia due to choking or drowning
  • Stroke

Barry has many years’ experience in investigating brain injury claims for adults and children.

He has previously investigated, or is currently investigating brain injury claims involving failures and/or delays in the diagnosis or treatment of various conditions, including:

  • Brain tumours or abscesses
  • Cardiac arrest causing oxygen starvation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Neurosurgical or neuroradiological treatment for conditions such as AVM
  • Shunt blockage
  • Stroke or TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Infections
  • Meningitis
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhages
  • Subdural haemorrhages
  • Complications during surgery, including inadequate anaesthesia

Barry has many years’ experience in investigating spinal injury claims for adults and children.

He has previously investigated, or is currently investigating brain injury claims involving failures and/or delays in the diagnosis or treatment of various conditions, including:

  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Disc prolapse
  • Spinal abscess
  • Spinal fracture
  • Spinal tumour
  • Incorrectly performed epidural injection or spinal block
  • Failure to stabilise spinal fracture before moving a patient
  • Incorrectly performed surgery

“Dealing with the aftermath of clinical negligence, can be a painful, emotional and stressful time. Wolferstans interactions were patient, polite and reassuring throughout. They do not badger you to pursue a claim as I found with another solicitors I approached.”
Miss Whittingham, Plymouth

“The stress and pressures of the legal fight were taken away from me by the professional and relaxed manner all through to a successful conclusion. Expertise with total professionalism.”
Mr T, Cornwall

“Wolferstans provided a fantastic service, it was incredibly supportive at all times and made the entire experience very comfortable even in stressful circumstances.”
Mr H, Wiltshire

“Bringing a negligence claim was a very emotional and stressful life event for me… Whilst professional throughout, (Barry) was empathetic, kind and supportive, keeping me informed at all stages and involving me in discussions and decisions.”
Mrs E, Devon

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