About Us


Midwives Defence Service, UK is a legal organisation that provides legal advice and assistance to midwives facing legal proceedings in the criminal, civil, regulatory, and inquisitorial legal forums.

Our principle lawyers are both clinically and legally qualified. They defend midwives before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), at coroners’ inquests, in civil claims against midwives, and in criminal proceedings against midwives.

Our lawyer’s fees are dependent on a number of factors, depending on the complexity of the issues in the case, the seniority and experience of the lawyer needed, the legal specialism, the number of pages of evidence and other material involved, the number of procedural steps that need to be taken, the location of the hearing, the number of days in court or tribunal, whether there is a solicitor involved or whether the case is on a direct access basis, among other things.

If you give us a call we will be able to provide you with quotes and guidance on likely future fees. We can quote for stages of work and in some instances provide a global fee quote. However, some cases will develop over time and it will be dependent on the requirements at each stage as to how many hours or days need to be spent on preparing a case or presenting a can in court.

Our hourly rates start at £150 for the most junior members of our service, rising to £454 an hour for more senior lawyers in some specialisms. The average fees charged per hour are £190 to £220.

Where possible we will provide a fixed fee for a piece of work. We usually charge fixed fees for conferences and hearings. It may be possible to charge fixed fees for other work, once we have scoped out what is needed. A first conference is often needed to go through the issues in the case to be able to provide more clear guidance or quotes.

A half day in court can be from £350 upwards. A full day in court from £500 upwards. Five days representation in court will generally be in the region of £2,500 to £7,500, depending on the nature of the case. For longer hearings we can often provide bespoke quotes.

VAT at 20% is additionally payable on our fees.

Do not hesitate to give us a call Nurses Defence Service for further guidance on our fees, without any obligation.

Midwives Defence Service is led by a qualified barrister who is also a qualified midwife. If you would like to speak without obligation and in confidence to one of our lawyers, then contact our service now on 0800 0122 506

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