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Angela Kirtley

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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.

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  • 18/09/2018
    Northumberland Boccia Player Gets Funding Boost From Law Firm

    “Our campaign has given us a great opportunity to lend a hand to some of the best sporting talent in the country. “Harry has enjoyed a fantastic level of success in Boccia, with his story being a great example of how disability sport can make a huge difference to lives. We are delighted to have been able to help him with this grant and wish him all of the best for the future.”

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  • 05/09/2018
    Durham Boccia Player Gets Equipment Boost Thanks To Law Firm’s Grant

    “Our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign has given us a great opportunity to lend support to some top sporting talent based across the country. “Through our work helping those affected by serious illness and injury, we have seen the huge difference that disability sport can make to lives. Thomas is a great example of that and we are delighted to have helped him secure vital new equipment. We wish him all of the best for his upcoming competitions.”

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  • 17/08/2018
    Durham Cyclist Gets Specialist Equipment Boost Thanks To Law Firm’s Grant

    “Through our work we have seen the huge impact that sport can have on lives, with Troy being a perfect example of this. “Despite his Erb’s palsy he has been able to compete at a high level in cycling and we are delighted to be able to lend support so he can access to specialist equipment that he requires. We wish him all the best in his other events this year and beyond.”

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  • 15/08/2018
    Gateshead Paralympic Hopeful Gets Funding Boost From Irwin Mitchell

    “Our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign has given us a huge opportunity to lend a hand to some of the best new sporting talent in the country and also raise awareness of the huge benefits that sport can offer. “Emily is a very talented young athlete and her potential is undoubtedly highlighted by her selection for the recent CPISRA World Games. We are delighted to have been able to provide her with a grant and wish her all of the best for future.”

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