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I specialise in cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, arising as a result of clinical negligence by doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
Sometimes when people come to me, they are not really sure themselves what has happened to them or their family member - they just know that something has gone wrong and their lives have been changed irrevocably as a result.
No one can turn back the clock but provided we can prove that treatment was negligent, we can at least aim to provide some financial security for the future and if possible in the process of the investigation, provide some answers about what went wrong.
I practised as a fully Registered General Nurse (RGN) for 10 years prior to qualification as a Solicitor. I became interested in issues around consent to treatment and pursued a Law degree and that led on to the College of Law and training contract.
I enjoy the investigative process and getting to the bottom of what has happened. Partly because of my background I enjoy reading volumes of medical records and reports. Ultimately, I find that reaching a successful conclusion to a claim which I know will provide fully for an injured person's needs, is very satisfying.
I really enjoy the collegiate spirit at Irwin Mitchell. Everyone is focussed on achieving the best possible outcome for the client. The additional in-house support that we can offer client such as our Client Liaison Managers, Public Law & Human Rights, and Court of Protection teams are also a huge advantage.
A few years ago, I set up a local book group and we meet every 6 weeks or so to talk about books, life and other stories. I am taking a break from School Governance at the moment but may be drawn back into it again when my own children are older.
“This is a truly devastating case in which a young man is facing a lifetime of care which we believe is linked to problems in treatment many years ago. Although liability was not formally admitted in this case, the Trust took a very pragmatic and constructive approach to the negotiations which led to this settlement, for which they deserve credit.
“We hope that the settlement, which has been approved by the High Court, means that his family and particularly his parents who have provided devoted care to him throughout his life, can look to the future knowing that he will have proper care and security when they are no longer there to look after him.”
“This is a tragic case because the injury suffered by my client was avoidable, if her mother had received appropriate care during her pregnancy, labour and delivery.
“The settlement marks the end of a very long process for both ABC and her mother. The settlement reached and approved will ensure that ABC receives appropriate care and support for the rest of her life.
“It is now important that the Hospital Trust learns lessons from this case to improve patient care.”
“This is a tragic case where due to no fault of her own, my client has suffered grievous injuries including infertility at a young age. It is now almost 10 years since her first smear test was wrongly reported by the Whittington Hospital, when she was 25 years old.
“Her only hope of becoming a mother is by Surrogacy using her own eggs which were harvested just before she started chemo-radiotherapy, as well as using donor eggs. She is delighted that the Court of Appeal has granted her the costs of that treatment in California where she will have the security of a legally enforceable agreement to protect her as well as the Surrogate and baby in the event of any dispute, something which would not be available to her under English law.
“The legal argument centred on the only other case where these issues were considered which was the case of Briody v St Helen’s & Knowsley Area Health Authority  as well as the more recent Supreme Court case of Patel v Mirza  where the Court set out the tests to establish illegality of purpose. In applying those tests in this case the Court of Appeal has found that there is nothing unlawful either in the UK or the USA about what XX intends to do and that she is entitled to be compensated to (as much as possible) restore her to her pre-injured condition.
“The Judgment now handed down restates the principle of restorative compensation and reflects the significant changes in the law around Surrogacy itself and within our society which have taken place over the past 17 years, from the introduction of Civil Partnerships and Civil Marriage to social attitudes to Surrogacy and perhaps central to all of that, the widening definition of what constitutes a family.”
“This is a tragic case where due to no fault of her own, my client has suffered grievous injuries including infertility at a young age. It is now almost 10 years since her first smear test was wrongly reported by the Whittington Hospital.
“Her only hope of becoming a mother is by surrogacy, using her own eggs which were harvested just before she started chemo-radiotherapy, as well as using donor eggs. She is asking the Court of Appeal to grant her the costs of that treatment in California where she will have the security of a legally enforceable agreement to protect her as well as the surrogate and the baby in the event of any dispute, something which would not be available to her under English law.
“The expert psychological evidence submitted supports the client’s case that she will struggle to cope with the uncertainty of the UK system particularly given that none of this was her choice. The client seeks the costs of US treatment which would be lawful in the UK but using the Californian system.”
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