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I am a Partner and head the Medical Negligence team at the Cambridge office. I have specialised in clinical negligence cases since qualifying as a solicitor and act on behalf of clients who have suffered serious injury, recovering substantial amounts of compensation to fund care, therapies and other needs. I also represent families at inquests where their loved one has died through negligent medical treatment.
I have for many years had a particular interest in birth injury cases, involving children who have cerebral palsy as a result of delays in delivery or inadequate neonatal care. I represent mothers who have suffered injury during delivery or where there have been failures to diagnose congenital conditions such as Down's syndrome or spina bifida during pregnancy. I act for both adults and children who have suffered brain and spinal injury or who have suffered avoidable amputations.
The Cambridge team is also well known for advising in cases involving negligent fertility treatment, including laboratory mix-ups and accidents and inadequate clinical treatment. The team and I have been involved in a number of complex, high-profile cases on behalf of clients nationwide.
"He takes the time to get to know his client and their family; he is extremely approachable and committed to achieving the best outcomes." –Chambers & Partners 2017
Guy Forster is "a leader in his field and is superb with clients" – Legal 500 2016
Guy is "very experienced in high-value cases, and treats clients with great care" – Legal 500 2015
For me, the most rewarding aspect is guiding a client along the way to achieving their aims, whether they are securing compensation to fund vital care and therapy needs, or simply getting the answers or apology they were seeking at the outset.
The sheer depth of knowledge and experience of the people who work here, the strong ethic of team-working and the determination to get the very best result for our clients.
Away from the office, life tends to centre around my two young daughters, whether it be my eldest's clubs and activities or my youngest's nappy changes. When I get the chance to get away, I love running and getting outdoors. I am a trustee for Stars, a child bereavement support charity in Cambridgeshire and volunteer for Little Miracles, a parent-led support group in Peterborough for families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions.
“The series of failings that have been revealed as part of our investigations and at the inquest itself have raised a number of very serious concerns in relation to both the systems in place and treatment provided to Leigh.
“It is to the credit of the organisations involved that they have undertaken thorough investigations and recognised at an early stage that action needs to be taken to tighten up the procedures in place and, following the conclusion of the hearing, we are reiterating our determination to ensure that all is done that can be done.
“There can be little doubt that Leigh was badly let down and several opportunities were missed to prevent his death. The last thing that the family want, however, is for there to be a loss of confidence in the transplant service; errors such as these are thankfully very rare and, tragically, all the evidence we have heard is that with adequate treatment Leigh’s transplant would have been successful and would have enhanced his quality of life.”
“This is an incredibly tragic case and, just over a year on from Leigh’s death, our client remains understandably devastated by the loss of her husband and her son’s father.
“This inquest should hopefully provide vital information in relation to the events leading up to his death and we hope that the detail will ensure that the family will be able to get the answers they deserve.”
“At Irwin Mitchell, we recognise the importance of working with the communities we work in. Both Little Miracles and Brainwave do fantastic work and we are proud to stand alongside them and lend our support to those who need it.”
“The work of Petals charity has proven to be crucial for many of our clients who have tragically suffered the loss of a child during pregnancy and birth.
“In recent years there has been a great deal of good work to raise the issue of baby loss which affects so many people but has tended not to be discussed openly.
“It is so important to support the work of organisations like Petals to break this taboo and ensure that we do as much as possible to prevent these tragedies wherever possible but also ensure that, when families are affected, they have access to the very best specialist support available.”
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