Since 2004, Stewarts has provided free, comprehensive legal advice to patients with critical illness and also their families. The Legal Service now operates in 11 NHS Trusts across the UK.

One of our longest standing legal services is at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. The service commenced on the neurosciences intensive care unit in 2007 and was the first of its kind in a major trauma centre, where it commenced in 2013.

An article about the service has been published in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.  The article, written by Dr Andrew Eynon and co-written by Lucy Robinson and Kara Smith of Stewarts, looks back over the first 11 years and analyses the results achieved.

Dr Eynon commented on the service:

“The legal service is now specifically endorsed by NHS-England. I hope that it will continue to expand its reach and help address the significant social and environmental factors that affect health.

“In partnership with Stewarts, the provision of early legal advice for seriously ill patients has been the proudest achievement in my medical career.”


We are delighted to have an article about the Stewarts Legal Service published in this prestigious journal. 



This article was published as part of ‘The Legal Service Newsletter’. The Legal Service is provided by Stewarts’ pro bono team as part of the firm’s commitment to help people with serious injury. The service offers free advice to patients when they need it most.

To make a referral to The Legal Service, please contact Kara Smith by phone on 020 7822 8000 or by email at

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