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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.
Guy Forster 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 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.”
“The loss of Aleksandra has been absolutely heartbreaking for Olga and Lukasz. It has been made all the more difficult to know that, had Olga been referred to hospital as she should, in all likelihood Aleksandra would have survived to be a healthy child.
“We believe there were obvious warning signs of pre-eclampsia which should have been taken much more seriously and it is clear that Olga was badly let down.
“We welcome the Trust’s decision to accept liability on behalf of the community midwife involved. We hope that the changes that have been made to its guidelines will prevent another family having to go through a similar tragedy. Of course all of this has sadly come too late for Olga and Lukasz and they now hope every opportunity will be taken to learn lessons from the tragic stillbirth of Aleksandra.”
“Wherever you live in the country, you should feel confident in our health service knowing the right help and support is available whenever you fall ill – this currently isn’t the case here and swift improvements are needed.
“Unfortunately injury and illness don’t always occur at the most convenient times and out-of-hours GP services must ensure they are best prepared to deal with calls and enquiries, when they come in.”
“We appreciate that those in charge of the service in Norfolk and Wisbech are working hard to make changes but they must ensure that these are a priority or they run the real risk of patients failing to get the care they deserve and their condition deteriorating as a result.
"Through our work, we have seen too many cases when people have suffered as a result of failings in care or miscommunication between medical professionals.
“Patient safety must always be the number one priority at all times.”
"Delays in promptly diagnosing and treating any type of cancer can have devastating consequences and it is vital that each and every patient is given the best chances of survival, which means accessing potentially life-saving treatment within the national guidelines.
“Clearly the Trusts in the region have made cancer treatment a top priority yet the targets are still being missed. While the number of patients being referred for cancer treatment has increased in recent years, it is clear further measures are needed to improve treatment of the disease in East Anglia.”