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I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence and Child Abuse teams based in Birmingham.
I specialise in a range of medical law work including cases against hospitals, GPs and other health professionals. I also represent clients with cases involving negligent surgery and treatment, failures to diagnose serious medical conditions and fatalities.
In addition to medical negligence work, I also deal with child abuse cases. I represent individuals who have experienced sexual/physical abuse and neglect. I support these clients in bringing claims against local authorities, schools and other organisations.
I have worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2010 and previously worked in the International Personal Injury team dealing with both single and group claims against UK based tour operators, including the infamous Costa Concordia case.
I have a strong sense of justice and have always been keen to help the vulnerable or disadvantaged members of our society, and those who have been wronged. From an early age I wanted to pursue a career in law because I recognised that it would enable me to take positive action to help those who have suffered, whilst also providing a challenging and evolving profession which would constantly keep me engaged. A series of work experience roles confirmed my choice and Irwin Mitchell was the firm which seemed to match my own desire to help people, which is why I chose to work here.
The most rewarding aspect of my role is securing settlements for my clients which they can then use to better their lives. It is incredibly fulfilling to be a part of a process which helps to bring closure for clients who have often suffered from significant mental or physical abuse or neglect.
Working at Irwin Mitchell means that I have access to complex and varied cases as well as the opportunity to work alongside some of the most skilled litigators in their respective areas. The firm shares my commitment to help the more vulnerable in society, which makes it a great place to work.
I enjoy travelling and spending time with my family.
“This ruling is a step forward for those who have suffered abuse through text messages and indecent images. In our case the indecent images were taken without the knowledge of those involved and once they were contacted by the police and informed of what had happened to them as teenagers they suffered psychological harm.
“The impact of the abuse has left those we act for feeling violated, disgusted and sickened by the actions of this man who they trusted as their school teacher.
“The main priority in these cases should always be the survivors of this abuse of trust and it is vital all those affected are provided with access to the help and support they may need to deal with the offences that have been committed against them, as many survivors suffer long-term psychological problems as a result of their experience.
“This ruling will hopefully enable those who experience non-physical types of abuse to access justice and ensure those responsible are held to account for their actions.”
“The physical and psychological impact of sexual abuse can have a significant long-term effect on survivors and we have heard first-hand accounts of the trauma abuse can cause in the day-to-day lives of those affected by it.
"Now that justice has been done in the criminal case of Gracie and survivors of his abuse have had their voices heard, we are determined to ensure our client is able to access the help and support he needs to take steps towards trying to put this terrible nightmare, which was inflicted by a person he trusted, behind him and make progress with his life.
"Numerous sexual abuse cases involving celebrity figures have brought this serious issue into the spotlight, but it is important to remember that not all abuse is carried out by famous people and that it is often people in a position of power that seek to take advantage of their situation.
“Survivors of abuse, such as the clients we represent, need to be able to access the help and support they require to help them come to terms with the terrible ordeals they have suffered so they can begin to put their past behind them.”
“This is a devastating case that shows the lasting damage which simple avoidable errors can cause. For two and a half inches of plastic tubing to be left inside Helen for an entire year is completely unacceptable.
“This constitutes a ‘never event’ according to national Patient Safety Guidelines which recognises that such occurrences are unacceptable and completely preventable if the appropriate procedures have been implemented.
“Never events should be just that, events which just do not happen, and it is imperative that trusts across the entire country invest in training to ensure every step is taken to protect the safety of patients and prevent injury where at all possible.
“We are now working with Helen to investigate the treatment she received and why the appropriate checks were not carried out by the surgical team to ensure that this didn’t happen.
“Sadly we have seen a number of repeat incidents of retained instruments and swabs despite these having been classed as ‘never events’ by the NHS some years ago. Staff must be better trained to use the correct equipment and follow strict measures to make sure there is no chance any foreign objects can be left inside patients.”
“Both the trial and our clients finding the courage to speak out about their experiences have put a major spotlight on the devastating actions of Mr Marcussen.
“The growing number of people coming forward demonstrates the chilling extent of the alleged abuse and highlights how this is yet another horrifying example of a person in a position of trust or power taking advantage of their situation.
“Such abuse has had a major impact on the lives of victims, often impacting on their efforts to form relationships and in some cases even leading to them considering suicide.
“We are now determined to help those affected to get access to the support they need to take at least initial steps towards making progress to put their ordeals behind them. We would also urge anyone else affected to make their voice heard and ensure they do not suffer in silence.”