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I am a Partner specialising in medical negligence. I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2003, became an Associate in 2005 and a Partner in 2009.
My expertise lies in cerebral and Erb’s palsy injury claims, as well as still birth and wrongful birth cases. I also have significant expertise in neonatal claims, including hypoglycaemia; hyperbilirubinaemia and retinopathy of prematurity cases.
I have also conducted a number of high profile multiparty actions and represented two families whose cases were considered in the Health Care Commission’s 2006 report into maternal deaths at Northwick Park Hospital.
Following the outbreak of endocarditis at the Trent Cardiac Centre in 2009, I represented nine families at the inquests and with the civil claims thereafter. In November 2014, I concluded the civil claims arising from the deaths of residents at the Orchid View Care Home run by Southern Cross; having previously conducted the eight week inquest and continue to campaign for a public inquiry.
I advised the Care Quality Commission on the content of the Care Act 2014 and I have since become an invitee to Public Policy events associated with improving care in the social and healthcare arena.
My sub-specialism lies in sporting injuries arising from substandard treatment provided by medical staff. I currently represent two professional rugby players in these cases and am a panel member for the Rugby Players Association. I also advised the Rugby Players Association on the concussion protocol which was implemented by the RFU at the start of the 2014/15 season.
Read 'Concussion: An Issue Of Negligence In Sport' (PDF)
"A robust and very experienced man with fine judgement." – Chambers & Partners 2017
Ian Christian is described by sources as a “very good litigator” who “is building up quite a reputation for himself.” – Chambers & Partners 2016
Ian Christian is singled out by sources as a "very bright, very committed and very personable" lawyer, who excels in substantial litigation. – Chambers & Partners 2015
He is "clear-thinking, with sound legal experience and vision." – Legal 500 2014
"Bright, effective and ambitious", "very empathetic, measured and considered," and "negotiating skills and methods that are second to none." – Chambers & Partners 2013
“It’s hugely disappointing to see that Northampton have not been held to account for the handling of George North’s injury as it was an chance to make a statement and remind clubs, players and fans how serious an issue it is.
“The concussion protocol can only be effective if the doctor's decision to allow the player to return to play stands up to scrutiny. Which is why the findings and lack of punishment in today’s report feel like a backwards step, with the experts stating that Northampton could and should have done more to prevent North returning to the playing field.
“After a billion dollar court battle in America, the NFL has finally introduced the type of rules around concussion that rugby may need to adopt. In the NFL, if a concussion is identified then the player is removed from play and cannot return until the team physician and an unaffiliated consultant reviews both the video of the play and performs an examination.
“Surely it is now time for all suspected concussions to be reviewed by an independent doctor, without time pressures, which will allow a balanced decision to be made. If that affects the outcome of the game, so be it. Long-term health is more important than winning a game.
“This isn’t the first time George North has played on when all those watching thought he should be off the pitch and it proves that players need protecting from themselves. This was an opportunity for the panel to make a statement about concussion and the importance of a safety first approach and it has been wasted.”
“As a result of this terrible error, this boy, who as a young teenager should be finding his independence, instead needs the support of doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, carers, educational services, a professional deputy and much more.
“The last five years have been incredibly difficult for the family who have cared for their son with limited support. We hope that this settlement will enable them to now look forward and make plans for the future and hope that our young client will now be able to access the services that he needs to live a full and happy life.
“It is encouraging the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust conducted their own investigations and were able to make an early admission of fault. It is our hope that they and other NHS Trusts will continue to learn from the mistakes made and ensure that their practices are improved in the hope that no other family will have to endure what this family has been through.”
“It is imperative that Brighton NHS Trust continue to take the findings of the CQC seriously and take swift action to make the necessary improvements which could potentially save lives.
“We see the impact these kind of failings can have on patients and their families and it is vital that patient safety is the number one priority.
The trust also needs to address the long-standing issues surrounding its people policies and implement an immediate programme of change to improve the culture of the organisation and the service to its patients.”
“The last twelve months have felt like a watershed moment for concussion in sport with the authorities and associations, coaches, players and the media collectively giving the problem the coverage and consideration it deserves.
“For years it seemed to be a word that dare not be spoken in the professional game, as if mentioning it would somehow take away the aggression and physicality that sport demands at the highest level.
“The first battle was for leading figures to recognise the short and long term effects of concussion in sport and help educate everyone firstly on prevention and secondly on prioritising safety.
“Now we need to learn from the lessons sport has given us and commit to new research to understand more about concussions, when and why they occur and what further changes can be brought in to ensure the care free attitude is consigned to yesteryear and anything that’s introduced makes a positive difference to player safety.”
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