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I am a Partner in the Medical Negligence department in the London office and head up one of the teams. As well as managing the team, I have a caseload of high value complex medical negligence cases, the majority of which relate to birth injuries. I act for a lot of children with cerebral palsy and investigate whether or not their condition was caused by any negligence at around the time of their birth.
“Very confident and capable” - Chambers & Partners 2016
Auriana Griffiths is "highly intelligent, innovative and targeted" - Legal 500 2015
A "strong litigator" and "intellectual heavyweight." - Chambers & Partners 2015
"Hard-working, sound in her analysis and excellent at client contact." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"Very personable", "very thorough", "the skill of managing her clients' expectations." - Chambers & Partners 2013
"A pleasure to deal with." - Chambers & Partners 2012
"Honest and supportive, and gives good advice". - Legal 500 2011
I was always quite argumentative as a child just for the sake of having a debate and did not give up easily when putting my point across. When I was older, I was then torn between medicine and law so I decided that I would do something which enabled me to learn more about medicine at the same time as practising law which is why I chose to specialise in clinical negligence.
Investigating what caused a client's condition is rewarding even if it cannot be proven that it was the result of any negligence, because often the client has peace of mind knowing that what happened to them was unfortunate but no one is to blame. If, of course, fault can be proven then it is very rewarding being able to secure the much needed compensation to provide equipment, therapy and care for the injured person to ensure they are looked after for the rest of their lives especially when State funding is often very limited. As I act mainly for children, it is very rewarding to know that a successful case gives parents the security of knowing their child will be provided for even after they have gone.
IM has a very strong client focus and is always looking for ways to improve the service we offer to clients. The diverse areas of law that we cover often means that where a client has a unique query on another matter, we are often able to help. Aside from the strength in the business, the staff are friendly and there are numerous extra curricular (charity and sports) activities that staff are encouraged to get involved in. We are a social bunch!
Away from the office I like to walk, travel, dance and listen to music.
“The report on the imminent release of this study has raised major concerns and it is clear that once released, the information included is carefully assessed and examined.
“It is clearly worrying that avoidable deaths have been identified and it is vital that the Government and NHS work to determine how current systems and processes for treatment can be changed to improve safety.
“Our work acting for those affected by avoidable care failings has highlighted how hugely devastating it is for families to be affected by such an issue.
“Safety must always be the priority and, with this in mind, absolute care and attention should be taken to improve services.”
“We are delighted to be teaming up with Brainwave this year to help support and raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy.
“Cerebral palsy does not mean that children and their families cannot live happy and fulfilling lives. But key to this is access to the specialist support that enables children to reach their full potential.
“Through our work we help families whose loved ones have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and help them gain access to the specialist support and rehabilitation they need. Many of our clients suffered brain damage as a result of medical negligence during their birth and need a high level of care for the rest of their lives.”
“The family is obviously devastated by Micah’s death. They are pleased that the Coroner has investigated what happened but they still have many concerns about the care Micah received in his tragically short life.
“His family are disappointed that the Trust’s internal investigation report has taken over two years to produce. They believe such reports should be produced as soon as possible after an incident such as this and steps taken to address the care concerns immediately to prevent similar incidents."
"It is very worrying to see the UK lagging behind a number of countries when it comes to the issue of protecting both mothers and their children from the potential risks which can arise around childbirth.
"Our work means we have heard devastating first-hand accounts from families affected by such losses, often as a result of care failings or errors in treatment which could have been avoided.
"It is clear there remains much work to be done to improve the UK’s position in this research and we would urge the incoming Government to work with the NHS and other healthcare providers to examine what steps can be taken to reduce risks and improve patient outcomes.
"All mothers and children should have access to the highest standards of care regardless of where they are from, so lessons have to be learned to boost safety across the board."