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.
"From first meeting Angela, she made everything very clear on what had gone wrong from start to finish from my experience in hospital to home. She has always been at the end of the phone to speak to help, deliver & most importantly listened to me. I am so pleased after 7 long years we got the result for my daughter’s future to be protected & couldn’t have done this without all involved at Irwin Mitchell. Thank you!" - 5* Trustpilot review
"Our experience with Irwin Mitchell has been excellent. Angela and all of her team have helped make this very stressful situation much easier for us. It has truly helped with our daughter and we can never thank them enough." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Angela Kirtley was amazing all the way through and would highly recommend to anyone." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Angela has been a great support to us during the process. She has answered any queries we may have had. We have received both letters and emails to keep us involved in the situation so we know what has been happening. I would recommend Irwin Mitchell and Angela to anyone!" - 5* Trustpilot review
"Angela Kirtley and her team at Irwin Mitchell have provided us with an excellent service and have been very supportive throughout our claim, especially with our son, always taking time to listen to his views, thank you." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Angela Kirtley stands out as a practitioner with the ability to see both sides of an issue, the intellect to cut through the immaterial and the personality to deliver the right answer for her client." - Legal 500, 2021 (Leading Individual)
Angela is "efficient, approachable and knowledgeable, with a genuine interest in her clients' wellbeing." - Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Leading Individual Band 1)
"She uses her previous experience as a defendant lawyer to devastating advantage. She is devoted to her clients and is astute to both the weaknesses and the strengths of their claims." – Chambers & Partners, 2020
Angela Kirtley "has a first-rate reputation as an extremely experienced clinical negligence lawyer dealing with the most serious and complex cases" – Legal 500, 2020
"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
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.