I am a Partner and head the Medical Negligence team in our Newcastle office.
I have many years of experience dealing with medical negligence claims on behalf of clients and have dealt with a large number cases including: birth injury and cerebral palsy claims; orthopaedic and surgical claims; accident and emergency claims; failure to diagnose cancer and oncology claims; and claims resulting in fatality. I represent families at inquests in the coroners court.
Medical negligence claims can be very complex, but I work with clients not only to recover the compensation they deserve but to obtain answers to questions many clients have following negligent medical treatment. I recover interim payments whenever possible.
"Outstanding lawyer, who is extremely sensible and level-headed too" - Chambers & Partners, 2019
Praised by commentators for being "absolutely brilliant, no-nonsense and really thinks cases through" - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"She is very organised, pragmatic and relates well to her clients" - Chamber & Partners, 2017
"'Outstanding', 'particularly adept at dealing with delicate matters'" - Legal 500 2016
She is "always on top of technical, medical or legal issues; she's seen it all. Her client care is top-drawer." - Chambers & Partners 2015
Angela Kirtley is 'tenacious' and has 'excellent knowledge' - Legal 500 2014
Angela Kirtley is ‘exceptionally hardworking’, and ‘a delight to work with; she knows her stuff and is always on the ball’ - Legal 500 2013
What inspired you to get into law?
When I left university I worked as a careers advisor. I immediately recognised that this was not the career for me and having extensive knowledge of numerous other career opportunities, thought law would be really interesting. I therefore studied for a law degree on a part-time basis whilst working and never looked back.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Working with people and helping them get as much out of their lives after suffering appalling injuries to enable them to live as normal a life as possible.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
Everyone at Irwin Mitchell works as hard as they can to do the very best for their clients. It is also a very friendly firm and everyone works well together.
What do you do away from the office?
In addition to chauffeuring my three boys around to swimming training, athletics club, bell ringing and rowing club, I am a member of Gateshead Harriers and have represented them recently in events. I also swim on a regular basis and enjoy cycling. I also have a beautiful Norwegian Forest cat called Fluff.