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I am a solicitor in the Product Liability team in Sheffield. I qualified in September 2015.
I handle my own caseload which encompasses a wide variety of individual cases as well as assisting on a number of different group actions involving metal-on-metal hip replacements, defibrillator cases, knee replacement cases, cosmetic procedures and non-medical product liability cases.
In addition to this, I help senior members of the team with complex and high value individual cases, as well as the generic work in group cases involving product liability and clinical negligence.
I realised early on that I was not suited to the family construction business so I looked into working in an career which would allow me to use my brain rather than my brawn. I decided to focus on a law career after receiving some pertinent advice from my sixth form tutor who told me I would be suited to a career which involved formulating arguments and advocacy.
Product liability law is still in its infancy and there have not been many cases in England and Wales or in the European Court of Justice which have clarified the law on defects. As such, we are working to assist our clients and also to make products safer for consumers in the future.
The focus remains on the client at all times. Working for a large firm allows me to support the client by signposting other services that we offer that could be of assistance.
I spend my spare time hiking in the Peak District and baking in an attempt to emulate Mary Berry.
“Glucose monitoring tests are vital to thousands of patients who suffer from diabetes and other hypoglycaemic illnesses. Crucially, if the blood glucose testing is not accurate, patients could be at risk of becoming hypoglycaemic which can lead to very serious health problems.
“Patients using this product need to be identified and urgently advised about alternative methods of monitoring to make sure that they’re obtaining accurate results. If patients are concerned, it is important for them to seek advice from their GP or specialist immediately.
“With the medical devises being used at home by patients, it will take a lot of time and money for the NHS to be certain that all strips are recalled. Patients must be at the centre of immediate care as going with false results can have life threatening consequences.”
“We have heard from a number of people who have developed serious eye infections and one client has subsequently lost sight in one eye. This has, understandably, had a devastating impact as he has had to accept that his life will never be the same again.
“It is very concerning to learn that, seven months on from the last incident review, there appear to have been further instances of infection and the ophthalmology department must now undergo a second investigation.”
"These revelations are deeply concerning when you consider that the consequences of an error rate like this could be catastrophic for patients suffering with potentially life-limiting illness.”
“It is very encouraging to hear York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be conducting a full review of the scans carried out during that four-month period, but it is also important to review how this could have been avoided and how to prevent similar incidents in the future.”
“Patients from that time period now have an agonising wait for answers during what is already likely to be a very stressful time in their lives, so it is imperative that the hospital learns from this terrible situation to prevent further occurrences.”
“While of course it is welcome that faulty and defective products are being identified and recalls are being sent out to ensure consumers are protected, the figures clearly indicate there are far too many problematic products entering the market.
“We have seen just how serious faulty products can be and it is particularly concerning that recalls for children’s toys are some of the most common.
“Consumers have every right to expect all products that reach the shelves to be safe for use but sadly for a significant number of products this simply isn’t the case under the current system.
“Clearly steps need to be taken to understand why so many defective products are entering the market and further measures need to be implemented to tighten inspection rules to try and prevent these items hitting the shelves in the first place.”