Mark Havenhand



The cases I handle are often traumatic for clients, and I know they will want a supportive and compassionate approach to their claim. Clients often feel let down by a system in which they’ve placed their utmost trust, so I strongly believe in offering the highest level of support. I deal with all areas of clinical negligence including, but not limited to, orthopaedic medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, urology and neurology. I have a proven track record of successful cases against individual surgeons, general practitioners, NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers and medical care provided by the Ministry of Defence. 

My experience ranges across the whole spectrum of claims from those involving less serious injuries, to severe cases where claimants have been left disabled, such as those involving birth injury.

I have also achieved settlements for claimants classed as ‘protected persons’, for example, children and those who are deemed to lack mental capacity, where compensation awards require approval of the Court.

Mark Havenhand is "astute and gets to the heart of issues." - Chambers & Partners 2015

"Mark Havenhand has climbed the rankings this year to Band 2 from Band 3 owing to effusive market feedback.  He is noted as 'an impressive operator and has a deft touch at dealing with clients and experts.'" - Chambers & Partners 2014

"Mark covers a wide variety of matters as one of the firm’s specialist clinical negligence partners." - Chambers & Partners 2013

"Mark Havenhand has experience across all areas of clinical negligence and is described by sources as a personable and well-thought-of practitioner who really knows what he’s doing." - Chambers & Partners 2012

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I wanted to help people and enjoy a challenge. Law offers that as it is a continually evolving area of practice, and this is especially true for claims involving medical negligence. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Helping someone who has been injured to “put right the wrong” and to obtain a sense of justice.  My aim is to get the client back to the position they were in, as if the injury had not occurred.  If the compensation we can obtain gets their life back on track, then that is the most rewarding part.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Being part of a very experienced team, with a common objective of putting client care first.  We have a wealth of knowledge and resources available to call upon, to ensure that the litigation process is as smooth as possible. 

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Spend time with my family and friends.

Client Testimonial

"We were very pleased by the service and compassion by Mark Havenhand, our solicitor. His understanding and explanations were first class. As this is something that we have never been through, his ability to explain everything in layman’s terms was exceptional."

“The service provided was of the utmost standard. I have been so happy with Mark and his team and would like to give a personal thank you”.


I have had a number of case reports published on Lawtel and Lexis, and various other medico-legal journals.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 12/08/2016
    'Inadequate' Safety For Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

    “It’s alarming that the inspection found that risks were "not escalated in a timely way, if at all" when the NHS is supposed to be encouraging a “duty of candour” and a culture of openness in order to maintain, and if necessary restore, patient trust. “Immediate changes need to be made to strengthen the level of patient safety at the Trust as its current state is not acceptable. With the devolution deal to give Greater Manchester a bigger rein in the control of its health spending, it’s important that the community works together to improve health care services in the north and retain a good reputation for quality of staff and patient care.”

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  • 11/08/2016
    St Helens CCG Considering Temporary Halt Of Non-Urgent Surgery

    “The proposal to stop all non-urgent operations by the St Helen’s CCG is obviously a real concern for patients. Medical issues can escalate very quickly if not treated in a timely manner and there may be some patients who suffer further health complications if this temporary halt is implemented. “The safety of patients should always be the number one priority and there is understandably concern that any decision to halt operations could prevent patients accessing the treatment and care they need. “It is absolutely imperative the resourcing problems at the St Helen’s CCG are addressed immediately and, if necessary, action is taken to prevent the halt of non-urgent procedures. It is also important that patients using the services are reassured that they will be able to access the healthcare that they need and that they will receive the level of care they are entitled to expect.”

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  • 15/07/2016
    Breast Cancer Patients ‘Failed’ By NHS, Says Report

    These findings show the need for a high index of suspicion for breast cancer returning and a low threshold for implementing investigations to ensure the disease is detected as early as possible. We work closely with many breast cancer patients who have suffered unnecessarily as a direct impact of poor medical treatment and see how traumatic and devastating the consequences of that can be. Ensuring that patients are listened to, given a prompt diagnosis in an appropriate setting and see a specialist so treatment can begin as soon as possible is vital to saving lives and reducing suffering caused by this disease.

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  • 26/06/2015
    Independent Review Finds Maternity Risk Management 'Below Standard' At Two Greater Manchester Hospitals

    The poor standards highlighted by this independent review need to be addressed immediately to prevent the tragic loss of lives in the maternity units at the Royal Oldham and North Manchester General Hospital. “We welcome the fact that the Trust has acted quickly and has implemented a major improvement programme. Patient safety should always be the top priority and it is vital changes are put in place quickly and reassurances are provided that patients will be in the best possible hands and experience care of the highest possible standard.

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