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I am an associate solicitor based in the Medical Negligence team in the London office.
I have successfully handled a number of cases and undertake cases in all areas of clinical negligence. I have a particular interest in cases where injuries occur at birth or in the neonatal period. These include birth trauma injuries to the mother such as incorrect episiotomies and third and fourth degree tears and injuries suffered by a child including cerebral palsy and neonatal hypoglycaemia.
I regularly lecture to the medical profession on clinical negligence issues and deliver external training. I have provided training at a Birth Trauma Association event and to the Patients Association amongst other organisations.
I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2009, having qualified as a solicitor in 2006. I am accredited as a senior litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and am a member of AvMA.
X v Y: Capitalised settlement of over £8million for a child that suffered cerebral palsy at birth.
R v East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.3m for a failure to diagnose spinal injury
An admission of liability from a Private Hospital in relation to a catastrophic spinal injury. This case has now successfully concluded with a substantial award.
L v Brighton & Sussex University Hospital: £140,000 for an incorrect repair of a third degree tear following childbirth.
D v N: £630,000 for injuries sustained to a child born prematurely due to incorrect medication given to his pregnant mother. This case returns to court for additional future costs.
"We are pleased to have secured Ben and his family a fair and significant settlement which will provide the peace of mind they need that Ben’s care and rehabilitation will be secure for the rest of his life.
“The severe brain injury caused by mistakes at Ben’s birth has left him with complex needs and this settlement has been carefully calculated to reflect exactly what Ben requires to ultimately live as independent a life as possible.
“However, it is disappointing that all throughout the case the NHS Trust has dragged its heels. The Trust did not advise the family of what had happened to Ben and what caused his developmental problems. The Trust’s legal advisors denied any wrongdoing until they were forced to disclose the evidence they were relying on. They did not want to do this and even after that the NHS Litigation Authority refused to enter negotiations and forced the High Court to decide the final award. We first set out our case in August 2011 and if the NHS had been more cooperative, on what is a fairly clear cut case, the legal action could have been resolved much sooner leaving the family free to get on with their lives.”
Sarah suffered a horrendous, life-changing injury as a result of this doctor’s negligence, which is shocking and simply not acceptable.
“Sarah chose to go through private care for the birth of her son thinking it was the safest option for her but, from the care she was received from Mr Leitch, this couldn’t have been further from the truth.
“The consequences of his actions will stay with Sarah forever and mean she can no longer work in the profession which she worked so hard in. Sarah was on the path to even greater success and this was simply cut short by the actions of Mr Leitch.
“Although the settlement awarded today provides financial stability for Sarah, nothing can turn back the clock. We fully support Sarah in her referral to the GMC and will help provide any evidence that could be useful in subsequent investigations to ensure Mr Leitch is held fully to account.”