Clare Shepherd



I work in the Product Liability and Group Claims team which is a personal injury team specialising in claims involving defective products - often medical but not exclusively - and group medical negligence claims.

These involve groups of people who have been treated by a particular individual doctor. I also work on individual clinical negligence cases and Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) claims. 

Claims that are being handled as part of a group, whether as a result of harm from a product or negligent treatment, do have distinct features as they allow us to highlight certain issues in a broader setting.

However, each case still involves a single client and it’s a big part of my role to make sure that whilst the substantial legal issues might be similar, each client is treated as an individual.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I first became interested in law when I was doing voluntary work and saw a lot of people at a significant disadvantage because they were unable to navigate ‘red tape’. Law allows me to help people in that situation on a daily basis whilst doing an interesting and rewarding job.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Easily the best thing about my job is my clients and the relationships that I build with them. I really enjoy learning new things as part of researching the cases I work on. 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I like having the opportunity to work on really interesting cases and that the support of a firm as large and as varied as IM means that there is almost always someone who can offer advice or assistance. 

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am a member of a church in Sheffield's city centre and teach Sunday school there - games, crafts and Bible stories make for a nice change from litigation! I enjoy reading and have started rock climbing since moving to Sheffield. 

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