The Medical Accident Group, the national legal practice focusing on the UK clinical negligence and major injury markets, has strengthened its team with the appointment of Ally Taft as senior associate.

Ms Taft joins the firm with a remarkable legal pedigree. She has worked as a specialist medical negligence lawyer for 13 years, and has extensive experience of birth injury and breast surgery cases.

She has acted in several high-profile group actions; and a career highlight saw her successfully secure a settlement of £6.5m for a client injured at birth.

After training with Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham, she moved to Alsters Kelley LLP in Warwickshire, where she represented several patients of Ian Paterson – the West Midlands breast surgeon who is currently facing police and GMC investigation.

In 2013 Ms Taft secured settlements totaling more than £11m, and will now play a key role training the Medical Accident Group’s fee-earners.

She’ll be part of the Worcester-based firm’s highly successful team, which is led by partners Inez Brown and Peter Savage – who between them have more than 30 years of experience in the fields of medical negligence and personal injury.

The Medical Accident Group is a new and fast-growing subsidiary of the long-established, full-service law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Launched in 2013, it focuses on the medical negligence and severe personal injury claims markets, which have traditionally been serviced mostly by generalist law firms.

Ally Taft said: ‘This is a very exciting time to be joining the Medical Accident Group, which is expanding and is now one of the market-leaders in the area. I am looking forward to working with its talented clinical negligence team, and to imparting some of my knowledge and experience to the younger lawyers.’

Rod Thomas, managing partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, said: ‘Ally’s proven legal skill and passionate advocacy will make her an invaluable member of the Medical Accident Group. She will play a key role, assisting with the management of the clinical negligence department, supervising junior fee-earners and taking the lead with training.’