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I am a Partner in the Medical Negligence team in Birmingham. I specialise in a range of medical law work including cases against hospitals, GPs and other health professionals. I have dealt with numerous cases involving children and mothers injured at birth and have also handled many fatal cases in which I represent family members at coroner's inquests. My team also specialise in representing the families of mental health patients where there are questions regarding the quality of care provided. Throughout the past 12 months I have recovered in excess of £8 million in damages for clients injured through medical accidents.
In addition I lead a team in the Birmingham office which specialises in child abuse cases. I represent individuals who have experienced sexual and physical abuse and neglect. I have acted for clients in cases against against local authorities, schools, religious organisations and children’s homes.
I was the first lawyer in the country to recover in excess of £1m in damages for a family in a claim against their local authority for failing to remove them in to care and I was named the Birmingham Law Society Solicitor of the Year for my work in the field of child abuse.
Although I hugely enjoyed my law degree I must admit to finding some of the more academic parts of it quite hard going and I was worried that in practice I might not have the opportunity to work closely with real people and make a real difference to their lives. I was anxious a career in law might see me buried in paperwork hardly coming up for air! After leaving university I took up a position as a Paralegal working at Irwin Mitchell so that I could get some first hand experience of what was involved and realised I could not have been more wrong. I was so impressed with the immensely talented, committed and down to earth lawyers and so excited at the chance that we had to help clients in the most difficult situations put their lives back together. The Irwin Mitchell approach was unique in my experience and I made up my mind very quickly that this was the career I wanted.
The privilege to get to know and work for so many brave and inspirational clients. I really enjoy working with my clients to find out exactly what they want to achieve and to then work with them to get to that solution in the way that best works for them.
The spectacularly talented and genuine people that I work with who help us deliver a personal and professional service to our clients every day.
Away from the office I try to keep up with my family and friends as best I can and I am slowly working on ticking off my travel destination wish list!
"A real star for the future with an absolutely superb manner – sympathetic and attentive” - Chambers & Partners 2011
"The clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell maintains its respected position as a regional market leader that is well placed to deal with difficult cases" - Chambers & Partners 2012
“We have witnessed first-hand how problems in the delivery of mental health services can have catastrophic consequences for the welfare of patients and their loved ones.
“It is imperative the government realise that cuts to social care and the NHS may be putting lives at risk and prioritise making improvements to the mental health services it offers the public.
““Everyone should have a right to expect the highest attainable standard of mental health and when reducing cost is considered more important than patient care that right is compromised. This is unacceptable and the general public, particularly the vulnerable, deserve more.”
“The results of this survey are very disturbing. For survivors to say that basic services to support some of the most vulnerable members of society, have not improved for over 40 years is shocking.
“It can be incredibly difficult for those affected by abuse to have the courage to come forward and talk about what they have been through, so it is hugely important that people are given the help they need to take such a step and begin the process of attempting to come to terms with what they have faced.
“It is vital that the NHS and local authorities take this matter seriously and prioritise making improvements in this area. Failure to do so will only prolong and potentially intensify a traumatic experience.”
This is yet another example of people in positions of trust, in this case a teacher, taking advantage of their access to young people to prey on them.
“Understandably, the survivors of abuse have welcomed the conviction and sentence handed down to Bolton, but the top priority now is to ensure those affected are able to access any help and support they may need.
“Cases such as this can help to highlight the issue of sexual abuse and help reassure those who suffered abuse that they will be listened to if they come forward, that all complaints will be thoroughly investigated and that offenders will be brought to justice.
“A full year on from the publication of the report into child abuse and exploitation in Rotherham, the findings remain completely shocking and unacceptable.
“The scale and extent of the problems were so unprecedented that even now we are awaiting the outcome of multiple investigations that will likely reveal more harrowing details about the scarcely believable level of abuse.
“The focus however must remain on the victims, who after years of suffering in silence require counselling and support to try and rebuild their life.
“Unfortunately, this process is made all the more difficult by the on-going revelations and changes. It is positive to see that the South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham council have responded so thoroughly to the crisis but unfortunately for many people it is simply too late.
“Whilst this long process is crucial to ensure key lessons are learnt, the sad realisation is those directly affected will struggle for closure as the shocking scale of abuse continues to be uncovered.”
“The physical and psychological trauma victims must deal with is appalling and more must be done to ensure that vulnerable young people are protected and always have somewhere and someone to turn to.”