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Anita Jewitt

Partner

Biography

Anita trained with Irwin Mitchell and qualified as a solicitor in March 2008. She was promoted to the position of Associate in November 2011 and became a partner in May 2015. She is based in our London office.

Anita has a wealth of experience in complex clinical negligence cases, both on behalf of adults and children. 

Her paediatric work focuses on children who have suffered neurological injuries caused by negligence at or around the time of birth, for example due to delays in delivery (causing cerebral palsy), or as a result of inadequate medical treatment in the neonatal period caused by neonatal hypoglycaemia. 

Anita also specialises in representing children who have suffered serious neurological and/or physical injuries caused by meningococcal septicaemia. 

Anita represents adults who have sustained a spinal cord injury, as well as a range of other clinical negligence cases, such as fatal cases.  

Anita is a Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  In 2017, she won the First 100 Years "Inspirational Women in Law" award.

Testimonials

"Her skills both in terms of analysis but also in understanding the concerns of the client and dealing with them appropriately." - Chambers & Partners 2018

Anita does "work of the very highest quality,"  clients are "completely confident in her abilities." - Chambers & Partners 2017

"She is described as a "fabulous" lawyer. "Peers speak of a very impressive individual" who is "extremely dedicated" and "would go to the ends of the earth to get the case right." - Chambers & Partners 2016

Described as "robust, well prepared and good at dealing with clients." - Chambers & Partners 2014

"We wanted to thank you for all the support you have offered throughout the duration of Sarah's case. We had no experience of how the legal systems works and it was a very daunting prospect as well as an emotional rollercoaster, but you have been a constant source of strength and we're very grateful for the guidance and empathy you have shown to us along with your very sharp professional skills." - Client Testimonial

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I entered the legal profession because I have always fought strongly for what I believe in. I chose to practice clinical negligence because I am passionate about medicine and enjoy the varied nature of my career in that no two cases are ever the same.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy seeing the difference a compensation award makes to my client's quality of life, particularly those who have suffered life-changing brain or spinal cord injuries.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I enjoy the fact that we have the resources of a large firm, but work in small, close-knit teams, with people who really care about the outcomes for our clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am the mother of 3 boys (twins and a toddler) and so life away from the office is incredibly busy! I enjoy spending time with my family, good food and wine. When I do have some spare time, it’s usually spent planning my next holiday.

Recent Cases:

  • AR v Kingston Hospital NHS Trust: £8.5 million for a child with quadriplegic cerebral palsy following the hospital's delay in expediting his delivery.
  • Re: HO: £7.4 million for a child who sustained bilateral upper and lower limb amputations as a result of the delayed diagnosis of meningoccal septicaemia.
  • SH v Colchester General Hospital: £6 million for a child who suffered from cerebral palsy as a result of the hospital’s failure to carry out an earlier caesarean section.
  • EW v Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust: £6.6 million for a child who suffered almost total visual loss and learning difficulties as a result of the delayed diagnosis of neonatal hypoglycaemia.
  • MB v East of England Strategic Health Authority: Achieved an admission of liability (with damages still to be assessed) for a child who suffered a brain haemorrhage and consequent brain damage as a result of the failure to administer a Vitamin K injection at birth. 
  • RM v Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: Undisclosed amount of compensation recovered for a client who was left in a permanent vegetative state having attempted suicide when he should have been under constant observation whilst at a mental health unit.
  • AF v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust: Secured an admission of liability (and an undisclosed settlement sum) for a family whose father died as a result of the delayed diagnosis of infected pressure sores.
  • CB v Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust: Secured an admission of liability (and an undisclosed settlement sum) for a family whose baby died as a result of the hospital’s failure to expedite his delivery.
  • DS v Havelock House Nursing home: Recovered an unspecified settlement sum following the death of a disabled man at a nursing home.


Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 31/10/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Partner Wins Inspirational Women In Law Award

    “In 2017, we have a significant (and majority) pool of female graduates entering the profession. The trend continues to the point of qualification, with 62% of newly qualified solicitors being women, up from 53% in 2000/2001. “However, the difference between proportions of men and women represented at partner level in private practice remains substantial: 41.7% of men versus 18.8% of women. Although huge strides have been made, female partner levels remain unacceptably low. “Ultimately, women can shape the future of the legal industry if they lead by example – being role models, encouraging and supporting their peers, being innovative and pushing boundaries within their firms to act as a catalyst for change.”

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  • 15/07/2016
    Costs And Lack Of Supply Means Children Will Miss Out On Meningitis B Vaccine

    “Having seen first-hand from our clients the devastating after effects of this disease, we have long held the view that all children, particularly under 5 year olds, should be vaccinated. “The tragic death of two year old Faye Burdett highlighted how serious and devastating a disease this can be. “Clearly difficult decisions are being made here, but this feels like one that will have serious and potentially tragic consequences for families who simply cannot afford to purchase the jab privately. “A disappointing aspect is the decision to reject a catch-up programme to capture all under-twos. This is when children are most at risk of infection and yet despite the committee noting that this could be cost effective, it appears to have been rejected because it would place too much of a strain on current stocks to be sustainable. “Early diagnosis and treatment is absolutely vital for the chances of survival and recovery in young people. Meningitis can have serious and long-term implications for those affected, with many children who develop the disease suffering life-changing injuries such as brain damage and limb loss. We would urge parents and doctors to continue to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis because it is vital to act quickly – every minute counts.”

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  • 26/04/2016
    Boy Starved Of Oxygen At Birth Awarded Settlement From NHS Trust To Fund a Lifetime Of Care

    “My client suffered severe brain damage after hospital staff delaying sending his mother for a caesarean section, despite a monitor highlighting his abnormal heart rate which was indicating that he was suffering from distress. No amount of money can reverse the severe and lifelong injuries my client has suffered. "The settlement package will, however, fund my client’s care and therapy needs for the rest of his life, to enable him to live as independently as he possibly can. "I hope that lessons are learnt from the mistakes that were made in this case in order to improve patient safety in the future.”

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  • 19/02/2016
    Campaign To Make Meningitis B Vaccine Available For All Children Gathers Support

    Sadly, through our work we see time and time again the devastating after effects of meningitis and it is important improvements are made when it comes to diagnosing the disease. “Early diagnosis and treatment is absolutely vital for the chances of survival and recovery in young people. “Meningitis can have serious and long-term implications for those affected, with many children who develop the disease suffering life-changing injuries such as brain damage and limb loss. “The disparity in children being able to access this vaccine must be addressed as a matter of urgency, and parents and doctors should continue to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis because it is vital to act quickly – every minute counts. “Currently, the short supply of the vaccine and the lack of access to the vaccine for older children is causing concern among parents and must be addressed quickly.

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