I'm an experienced Solicitor-Advocate based in Irwin Mitchell's London office, having joined the firm in October 2018.
Before joining Irwin Mitchell, I achieved Law Society accreditation for mental health in 2011. I have a vast amount of experience in representing patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 at First-Tier Tribunal hearings. This includes those at High-Secure Hospitals such as Broadmoor and Ashworth.
I’ve developed a particular specialism in cases with elements of both clinical negligence and mental health. This includes cases of failed community care resulting in attempted suicide, catastrophic injury, and elements of public law. I’ve been involved with landmark cases that have progressed to Supreme Court level.
I help people with a wide range of cases, including:
- Delayed cancer diagnosis
- Obstetric and gynaecological surgery
- Bowel and uterus surgical perforations
- Negligent orthopaedic surgery
- Fatal medical accidents
- Coroner’s Inquests
- Ophthalmic injury leading to permanent loss of vision
- Delayed diagnosis of sepsis leading to multiple limb amputations.
I’ve also assisted on complex birth injury cases, including Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy cases (with settlement values of up to £12m).
Some of the recent settlements that I’ve achieved include:
- A £1.35m out-of-court settlement for an infant left with life-long digestive issues due to a misdiagnosed birth defect
- £33,750 for a 14-year-old girl who suffered from pneumonia and PTSD after a feeding tube was wrongly inserted into her lungs. She was detained under the Mental Health Act for re-feeding due to anorexia at the time
- £85,000 for an elderly lady who was left with lower limb paralysis due to mistakes made when she was put under anaesthesia
- A £75,000 settlement for delayed diagnosis of renal cancer.
What inspired you to get into law?
I have always been passionate about justice and upholding patient’s rights.
I chose to specialise in Medical Negligence because I enjoy the variety of cases that you can become involved with. No two cases are ever the same and I really enjoy learning about different medical conditions, while also keeping my legal knowledge up to scratch!
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Often you are one of the first points of contact for new clients after they have experienced a traumatic injury or loss of a loved one.
You’re there for them from the outset, guide them through their rehabilitation pathway, and achieve a settlement which will make a real difference to their lives. There’s a real sense of achievement in that.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
It’s fantastic to be a part of a large team with such in-depth expertise. No matter what type of case or difficulty you come across, there will always be someone’s brain that you can pick! I also enjoy the variety of non-work activities available, such as the quiz nights and charity events, and the way we work is very flexible.
What do you do away from the office?
I am a slightly obsessive ski racer and I am part of the British Masters Ski Team. I compete in a Masters World Cup series in resorts throughout Europe and achieved 2nd place overall in the World Cup standings for my age group in 2019!
I am also a keen runner, having participated in a number of half marathon events and 2 full marathons. I am also a qualified run leader and enjoy participating in gruelling fitness events for charity such as the “Rat Race” which is a 20 mile version of the “Tough Mudder” and has 200 obstacles!