Punam Sood

Senior Associate

Medical Negligence & Personal Injury

“The outstanding Punam Sood continues to impress sources across the market for her work on behalf of children and adults in clinical negligence claims”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

"She is very efficient, very knowledgeable and extremely easy to work with."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2020

Punam is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Department.  

Recognised by the independent legal directories for 10 years, Punam has secured settlements for clients in a wide range of claims.

I just wanted to say a massive thank-you on behalf of the family for everything you've done to help my father bring his case to a successful resolution.  From my own personal perspective, it is such huge relief knowing that that he will now receive the care and support he deserves - and this is entirely down to your efforts, commitment, patience and professionalism over the last few years.   I know that he and the rest of the family can now look forward to a much brighter future together after such a challenging and unsettling chapter. We are forever thankful”.

Family of a client with a spinal cord injury, settled in 2019

Punam joined Kingsley Napley LLP in August 2006 and has always specialised in clinical negligence and personal injury work.  She deals with all aspects of medical negligence claims, including birth injury and acquired brain injury claims, claims relating to fatal accidents, those involving gynaecological injuries following childbirth and those due to the delayed diagnosis of cancer.   She has also acted for families at Inquests.   Her particular expertise in birth injury includes Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy cases.  She also has a special interest in claims related to infectious diseases, such as meningitis and has dealt with a number of amputation and sepsis cases.

Punam advises families in investigating cases where babies have died shortly after birth as well as many cases involving brain injuries in the course of childbirth.  She has also dealt with cases for children and adults and the compensation ensures they are able to access the services they need. 

Punam wins praise from her clients for her professional and honest approach, meticulous attention to detail and her sensible advice in securing compensation for clients.  She works closely with individuals and families and investigates all types of clinical negligence cases.  These can include negligent surgery, negligent antenatal care or treatment in hospital.

Punam is recognised in the 2020 Edition of the Legal 500 as a ‘Rising Star’ who is “frequently involved  in matters concerning catastrophic brain and spinal injuries”Commentators note her as a "very proactive" and "very good" lawyer (Chambers and Partners 2016).  She is also noted in Chambers and Partners 2014 as a “Star Associate” who is "a real pleasure to work with" and in 2019 as an "outstanding” solicitor who “continues to impress sources across the market”.  

Punam is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is on the Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel of Solicitors with Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)

What clients and directories say

“Punam Sood was always a great support and easily approachable”

Client in a claim following the death of her husband

“I found Kingsley Napley a very engaging firm and in particular Punam whose interactions with us were very timely, clear and gave us the clear feeling that someone was doing their best for us.  A special thanks to Punam - I have worked with legal professionals before but Punam has stood out in terms of understanding our situation and case, her communication style both written and verbal, timely responses and the feeling she gave us to the end that she genuinely cared. Thanks Punam”

Client following an eye injury

“Our solicitor, Punam Sood was exceptional…She held our hands from start to finish in what was a long and complex case lasting 7 years. Punam was very helpful, reassuring and extremely knowledgeable and only a few weeks in, we knew we had made the right decision to go with Kingsley Napley. Even after the case finished, Punam and the team have made themselves available for any questions and queries…..We are grateful for the support and expertise provided to us by Kingsley Napley, specifically by Punam, who has been excellent, so much so whenever the opportunity arises, we would have no hesitation in recommending Kingsley Napley and in particular Punam who we can’t speak highly enough of.”

A Client

“ the best decision we made was to go with Kingsley Napley.  When (the case) started, all we could go on was gut instinct as there are many companies that have outstanding credentials, but we trusted our instincts and we are incredibly grateful we went with Kingsley Napley and in particular with Punam”

A Client 

“Hi Punam, just to say thank you so much for all your help and support, you really have made it possible for me and my sons to try and turn our lives back around again, we’ve lost so much, we will never get A back which we know and she will never be forgotten.  I owe so much to you for being so kind hearted after hearing what happened … to help us in this awful period, you truly are very kind hearted lady.  Thank you so much”.

A Client

“Thank you. I would also like to thank you for speaking with me yesterday and spending your very valuable time with me on the phone. You were simply outstanding in comparison to other solicitors I spoke to…I would like to stress that you truly were incredible. The phone manner, sympathy and advice you gave me was excellent”.

A Client

Punam Sood and her team at Kingsley Napley was excellent during the whole process. I felt supported and provided with relevant information and advice regarding the case. Professional, transparent, approachable, human; those are only few words that accurately describe Punam and her the team. Thank you again for all your help.

Client K following a case involving Ewing’s Sarcoma, 2020

I recently had a case settled and I want to say big thank you…Thank you so much Punam for everything you have done for us. We know you did everything you possibly could and the good things is that you did everything from your heart, and with so much care.

Client S regarding the neonatal death of her daughter, 2020

“I am dropping you a line to express my sincere thanks for all that you achieved in the help provided to (the family) in their hour of such great need….  Without your input I know that (the family) could never have achieved the successful outcome…No amount of financial reimbursement will ever compensate for (the family member’s) so sad demise, but the relief of pressure that the family  can now feel must be immeasurable, and Punam that is due to you”.

Mr DA, the family member in a fatal accident case, 2019:

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to express my feelings regarding the outstanding service you provide to me, yes it’s that word again, we can’t all be wrong.  From our very first conversation I had the warm feeling that I was going to be well looked after and well represented and this has been proved to be very much the case .  I have found Punam’s main attributes are that she has a natural empathy for my medical condition as well as for my family life.  Her professional knowledge and ethical behaviour continues to astound me. She is always available and very approachable. I am very glad she is on my side”.

Mr JW:  Current client with a spinal cord injury where liability has been admitted

"The support, both technical and emotional, that my we have received from the KN team, and indeed Counsel and the various Experts, has been amazing…we are so grateful for the professional yet friendly and compassionate way you have looked after us.  Our thanks to all of you, but in particular to Punam and Suzanne for guiding us through the process.  We achieved a result that was above our expectations and the settlement will ensure that my Mother can enjoy a high standard of care for her remaining years. I am also pleased that we received a detailed apology from the Hospital and that steps have been taken to minimise the chances of a similar event occurring in the future."

Mr CB, claim involving a delayed diagnosis of giant cell arteritis for his elderly mother

outstanding" Punam Sood continues to impress

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

Punam Sood is a 'front rank litigator'

Legal 500 2019

‘a real pleasure to work with’ and an ‘outstanding solicitor with a really good grasp of her cases.’ Her key areas of expertise include birth injuries and acquired brain injury claims.”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

..."bright, efficient and organised"

Legal 500

“Thank you for all your help with my case.  I really appreciated your expertise, patience and support throughout” 

A Client

“J would never be as happy as he is without your help. Never forget  what a difference you have made on our lives and I'm sure many others”

“organised, efficient, bright and effective." " Her caseload covers both high-value claims and complex, lower-value cases."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

an outstanding solicitor with a really good grasp of her cases

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession


Recent cases

  • Acted for EE following the death of her husband after admitted failures by the local mental health service which settled for over £1m
  • Acted in a claim involving the ‘wrongful birth’ of their daughter who was born with Downs Syndrome which settled for over £10m
  • Acted for Mr HH following his diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis leading to partial blindness which settled for £90,000
  • Acted for Mrs DB following her diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis leading to total blindness which settled for £400,000
  • Acted for Mrs SB in relation to her late husband’s delayed diagnosis of cancer which settled for £65,000
  • Acted for Mr IS after he was negligently discharged from hospital with cardiac issues and later suffered cardiac arrest and subsequent brain injury.  Settled for £590,000
  • Acted in a number of tragic cases involving neonatal death and stillbirth
  • Acted for H in a case involving limb loss as a result of meningitis which settled for in excess of £7m
  • Acted for Mr GS following the death of his wife after a hysterectomy
  • Acted for JM, a child, following negligent cardiac surgery leading to a significant brain injury, settled in excess of £5m.
  • Settled the case of MM, a child, for a capitalised sum of around £5.2m following the negligent circumstances of his delivery leading to brain injury.
  • Acted for ZR, a child following a brachial plexus injury (Erbs Palsy) for £265,000
  • Acted for Ms LP following delayed treatment after a subarachnoid haemorrhage.
  • Punam has also settled a number of claims in relation to the death of a loved one following negligent surgery. 

Punam has also acted for a number of clients at Inquests and settled many claims in relation to the death of a loved one following negligent treatment or surgery. 


Professional societies and memberships


"She is a very good and very experienced medical negligence lawyer."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2021

"She is fantastic."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2021

‘Punam Sood is hard-working and dogged but also incredibly personable. She is smart and is not afraid to challenge counsel, which is a really positive attribute.’

Legal 500 2020

‘Punam Sood has great empathy with clients and penetrating litigation instincts’.

Legal 500 2020

Rising Star Punam Sood ‘is frequently involved  in matters concerning catastrophic brain and spinal injuries’.

Legal 500 2020

Punam Sood is "a very hard-working and insightful" clinical negligence practitioner with notable experience in wrongful birth cases and claims stemming from brain and spine injuries.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2020

Punam Sood is a 'front rank litigator'

Legal 500 2019

Commentators note her as a "very proactive" and "very good" lawyer.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2017

...described by sources as 'a real pleasure to work with' and an 'outstanding solicitor with a really good grasp of her cases.' Her key areas of expertise include birth injuries and acquired brain injury claims.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession


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