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Anita trained with Irwin Mitchell and qualified as a solicitor in March 2008. She was promoted to the position of associate in November 2011 and became a partner in May 2015. She is based in the firm's London office.
Anita has experience in spinal injury cases, such as the delayed diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis and cauda equina syndrome, as well as experience in infectious diseases cases. She also represents several clients in relation to delays in diagnosing meningococcal septicaemia.
Anita was recommended in the Chambers & Partners directory for clinical negligence as an "Associate to watch" and "peers peak of a very impressive individual" who is "extremely dedicated" and "would go to the ends of the earth to get the case right."
Described as "robust, well prepared and good at dealing with clients." - Chambers & Partners 2014
We wanted to thank you for all the support you have offered throughout the duration of Sarah's case. We had no experience of how the legal systems works and it was a very daunting prospect as well as an emotional rollercoaster, but you have been a constant source of strength and we're very grateful for the guidance and empathy you have shown to us along with your very sharp professional skills.
I entered the legal profession because I have always fought strongly for what I believe in. I chose to practice clinical negligence because I am passionate about medicine and enjoy the varied nature of my career in that no two cases are ever the same.
I enjoy seeing the difference a compensation award makes to my client's quality of life, particularly those who have suffered life-changing brain or spinal cord injuries.
I enjoy the fact that we have the resources of a large firm, but work in small, close-knit teams, with people who really care about the outcomes for our clients.
I enjoy travelling and when I am not working, I am busy planning my next trip! I also love wine, good food and socialising with friends and family. I also take part in British Military fitness exercise classes.
• AR v Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
£8.5 million for a child with quadriplegic cerebral palsy following the hospital's delay in expediting his delivery.
• Re: HO
£7.4 million for a child who sustained bilateral upper and lower limb amputations as a result of the delayed diagnosis of meningoccal septicaemia.
• SH v Colchester General Hospital
£6 million for a child who suffered from cerebral palsy as a result of the hospital’s failure to carry out an earlier caesarean section.
• EW v Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust
£6.6 million for a child who suffered almost total visual loss and learning difficulties as a result of the delayed diagnosis of neonatal hypoglycaemia.
• MB v East of England Strategic Health Authority
Achieved an admission of liability (with damages still to be assessed) for a child who suffered a brain haemorrhage and consequent brain damage as a result of the failure to administer a Vitamin K injection at birth.
• RM v Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Undisclosed amount of compensation recovered for a client who was left in a permanent vegetative state having attempted suicide when he should have been under constant observation whilst at a mental health unit.
• AF v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust
Secured an admission of liability (and an undisclosed settlement sum) for a family whose father died as a result of the delayed diagnosis of infected pressure sores.
• CB v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust
Secured an admission of liability (and an undisclosed settlement sum) for a family whose baby died as a result of the hospital’s failure to expedite his delivery.
• DS v Havelock House Nursing home
Recovered an unspecified settlement sum following the death of a disabled man at a nursing home.
“Having seen first-hand from our clients the devastating after effects of this disease, we have long held the view that all children, particularly under 5 year olds, should be vaccinated.
“The tragic death of two year old Faye Burdett highlighted how serious and devastating a disease this can be.
“Clearly difficult decisions are being made here, but this feels like one that will have serious and potentially tragic consequences for families who simply cannot afford to purchase the jab privately.
“A disappointing aspect is the decision to reject a catch-up programme to capture all under-twos. This is when children are most at risk of infection and yet despite the committee noting that this could be cost effective, it appears to have been rejected because it would place too much of a strain on current stocks to be sustainable.
“Early diagnosis and treatment is absolutely vital for the chances of survival and recovery in young people. Meningitis can have serious and long-term implications for those affected, with many children who develop the disease suffering life-changing injuries such as brain damage and limb loss.
We would urge parents and doctors to continue to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis because it is vital to act quickly – every minute counts.”
“My client suffered severe brain damage after hospital staff delaying sending his mother for a caesarean section, despite a monitor highlighting his abnormal heart rate which was indicating that he was suffering from distress. No amount of money can reverse the severe and lifelong injuries my client has suffered.
"The settlement package will, however, fund my client’s care and therapy needs for the rest of his life, to enable him to live as independently as he possibly can.
"I hope that lessons are learnt from the mistakes that were made in this case in order to improve patient safety in the future.”
Sadly, through our work we see time and time again the devastating after effects of meningitis and it is important improvements are made when it comes to diagnosing the disease.
“Early diagnosis and treatment is absolutely vital for the chances of survival and recovery in young people.
“Meningitis can have serious and long-term implications for those affected, with many children who develop the disease suffering life-changing injuries such as brain damage and limb loss.
“The disparity in children being able to access this vaccine must be addressed as a matter of urgency, and parents and doctors should continue to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis because it is vital to act quickly – every minute counts.
“Currently, the short supply of the vaccine and the lack of access to the vaccine for older children is causing concern among parents and must be addressed quickly.
“It is a huge relief for my client and his family that the Trust has now agreed a settlement to cover his complex care needs.
“The extent and complexity of the medical problems faced by this young boy mean the funding which has been secured will help him access the specialist care, accommodation and equipment he needs to provide him with a better quality of life. The package includes a lump sum settlement plus annual payments which will continue for the rest of my client’s life.”