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Tim Annett

Partner

Biography

I am a Partner and the Team Leader of our Product Liability team. Based in Sheffield, and with colleagues in our London office, my team covers the whole of the UK as well as dealing with international claims.

I focus on claims arising from defective medical devices and group actions. Much of my work arises from metal-on-metal hip implants, including DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Zimmer Durom and Corin Cormet implants. I also deal with group actions arising from clinical negligence claims, which at present includes claims arising from treatment provided by orthopaedic surgeon Mr Manjit Bhamra.

I helped to set up the team in 2013. Product liability has been an area of specialism for the firm for many years, but this was the first time a dedicated team had been created.

I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2007 as part of the Medical Law and Patients’ Rights team, where I specialised in representing people who had been injured by clinical negligence. I have specialised in medical law since qualification in 1998, and one of the highlights of my career was helping to represent the families of Harold Shipman's victims at the Shipman Inquiry.

I have always had an interest in human rights and medical ethics, and I completed a Masters Degree in Health Care, Ethics & Law at the University of Manchester in 2006.

Testimonials

Tim is an "unflappable" practitioner who is "able to see the wood for the trees in this complex field and willing to push novel points." "He is a good negotiator who is taken seriously by opponents." – Chambers & Partners, 2017

"Demonstrates consistently excellent judgement" and is "extremely sensible and considered" – Legal 500 2016

Described by market sources as "very sensible, good on medicine, good with clients and leading a very enthusiastic team. He is very committed to his cases and seems very sharp." –Chambers & Partners 2016

One client reports: "He was my rock from the very beginning and extraordinarily supportive throughout this whole process." –Chambers & Partners 2014

"Extremely sensible and considered." - Legal 500 2013

Publications

  • 'Public Inquiries: an endangered species', Clinical Risk, Vol. 8, No. 5, 1 September 2002, pp. 199-202[4]
  • 'Child Welfare & Best Interests', APIL PI Focus, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 17 - 18
  • 'Balancing competing interests over frozen embryos; the judgment of Solomon?', Medical Law Review, 14, Autumn 2006, pp. 425-433

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I decided early on that I was either going to be a lawyer or a doctor, on the basis that both were difficult careers to get into, so I thought they were the best jobs!  I chose law as I wanted to have clients I could try to help with their problems.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The law is still evolving in the field of product liability, which makes it interesting and challenging. There is also the opportunity to help shape the development of a growing area of our practice, and helping to make people aware of their rights as consumers.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

We have the resources to manage even the largest cases, but we remain focused on our clients and their individual needs. My team is relatively small but punches well above its weight, and is already established as one of the leading product liability teams in the country.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I spend as much time with my family as possible as I have two young children who are growing up fast!


Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 16/06/2017
    Grenfell Tower Fire Investigations ‘Must Provide Full And Thorough Answers’

    “The whole country has been deeply shocked by the events in Kensington on Wednesday and our thoughts are with all of those affected by the fire. “The fundamental priority at the moment has to be the continuing searches and locating and identifying those who remain missing following the incident. “There are also a huge number of questions raised as to how the fire was started, how it spread so quickly and how so many victims perished or were left with serious injuries. “This devastating incident has had huge consequences for the entire community. All of those affected deserve to know just why the fire happened and spread in the manner it did. Those people affected will need expert help and support through this process. “The upcoming Public Inquiry must work promptly and thoroughly to provide victims and their families with all of the information that they need and deserve. At the same time it is essential that lessons are learned and appropriate steps are taken to avoid a tragedy of this kind occurring in the future.”

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  • 12/05/2017
    'Poor Vision' Surgeon Struck Off After Serious Errors

    “The incident in March 2015 was one of a series of operations carried out by Dr Haruna over a two year period which were so poorly conducted that colleagues described them as 'Never Events'. To outline the seriousness of this, ‘Never Events’ are defined by the NHS as ‘serious incidents that are entirely preventable as guidance, or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers, are available at a national level, and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers’. “It is apparent that following the circumstances surrounding one of the cases considered by the GMC, the Trust began an investigation and prepared a Serious Untoward Incident Report. This recommended that Dr Haruna be suspended from undertaking non-elective procedures, allowed to continue some elective procedures and that his capability be assessed. “It is unfortunate that during this assessment period a further patient was injured, and it is hoped no other patients have been adversely affected as a result of errors made by Dr Haruna. However promptly Dr Haruna’s employers might have reported their concerns to the GMC, it is of concern that it appears to have taken over two years for a decision to be made about his fitness to practice.”

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  • 09/05/2017
    Lawyers Say High Number Of Car Recalls Is Cause For Concern

    “The news that car recalls have risen to a record high is worrying, especially as so many were only triggered after injuries were reported. Cars are important for many people, but road safety is vital for everyone. Ensuring cars are safe to use before they allowed onto the roads should be of paramount importance. “Decisions to recall products, particularly cars, are not taken lightly and anyone who owns a recalled should return it as soon as possible. This data raises questions about whether manufacturers should be more proactive, especially given the recent criticism of Vauxhall by the Transport Select Committee. “We’ve seen first-hand the devastating injuries that can be caused by defective products and it can be life-changing for families. This is an important issue that cannot be overlooked.”

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  • 28/04/2017
    Vauxhall Branded ‘Reckless’ By MPs Over Zafira Car Fires

    “Whenever we buy a vehicle, we are putting our trust in the manufacturer – we expect them to have carried out the necessary tests and made sure the vehicle is safe to drive. When problems do occur, manufacturers should ensure customers are informed quickly and appropriate steps are taken to ensure their safety. “The Vauxhall Zafira recall highlights the need for more effective product recalls. Consumer safety is paramount and the comments of the Transport Select Committee indicate that Vauxhall should have done more.”

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