• Clinical & Dental Negligence
• Professional Negligence
• High Court Advocacy
After military service with the Royal Artillery and latterly the Military Intelligence Corps, Mr Balmforth's qualifying law degree was from Leicester. He read for the Bar at the prestigious Nottingham Law School and was called as a Barrister of Lincolns Inn in 1998. Following a period of independent advocacy in and around the central London Courts he joined a specialist civil litigation firm in his home town of York. Graham worked on a varied caseload of general civil matters recovering many millions of pounds in compensation for his clients.
Mr Balmforth is the senior Solicitor with supervision of Clinical and Dental Negligence since 2008. In 2010 he set up the all-female Birth Injury Unit (BIU), now much copied across the industry and broke new ground in offering birth related injury litigation as a specialist service for both Mothers and their children. In 2011 recruitment of select staff who could focus on the very specialist area of Dental Negligence was completed and Applebys Radio and TV advertising for the same will be well known to readers nationwide. Both the BIU and the DNU have had great success with positive commentary from both the industry generally and from a broad range of medico-legal experts and legal commentators.
Mr Balmforth's own clinical interest is in the field of forensic medicine and pathology, he is currently a postgraduate student of forensic medical sciences at Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and has a place to read for the M.Sc. in Forensic Medical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. He is an active member of the Leeds and District Medico Legal Society, The London Medico-Legal Society, The British Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Institute of Medical Ethics. Mr Balmforth lectures on a range of medical legal subjects but in particular inquest practice and the law surrounding human tissue and remains.
Mr Balmforth remains active in case management, he believes that this is essential for specialist practitioners regardless of supervisory duties. He also possesses Higher Rights of Audience in Civil Proceedings and regularly appears as a senior advocate in both Inquest proceedings nationally and regional Courts as well as the central Royal Courts of Justice.