6 August 2015
Brady Pohle is head of legal services at the Royal Free London. Here he answers our questions about his work in the NHS.
What training/qualifications have you done to get to where you are now?
I completed business and law degrees at university in Australia, before completing my legal training as an articled clerk and associate to the chief justice of Queensland, and then qualifying as a solicitor in Australia and subsequently in England and Wales. More recently I completed the “higher rights (civil advocacy) qualification” which means that I am a solicitor-advocate.
Why do you do what you do?
Working as a solicitor is interesting and challenging, and working in-house for a hospital is very satisfying as I am able to assist clinicians in the delivery of safe and quality care.
What is the best thing about your role?
I enjoy working with people and doing my best to help solve problems.
Why do you like working at the Royal Free London?
The Royal Free London is a friendly and pleasant place to work and it is an exciting time as we work towards the integration of the enlarged organisation.
What would you say to someone considering a career in the NHS?
I would highly recommend it, particularly for people interested in health law – the work is extremely varied, intellectually challenging and rewarding.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I always wanted to be an architect or a lawyer.
Any other interesting/fun facts about your career you would like to share?
I co-authored a chapter of a legal professional text book (‘Professional Negligence and Liability’) on public authorities (with Cherie Booth QC). I am vice-chair of the Guy’s Hospital research ethics committee, president-elect of the patient safety section of the Royal Society of Medicine and chair of the national NHS lawyers’ group. I was previously a staff governor at King’s College Hospital and chair of the membership and engagement committee whilst employed there as solicitor consultant.