I'm a solicitor in the medical negligence team in the London office. I joined the firm as a paralegal in 2015 and then completed my training contract with various teams specialising in other areas of law, before qualifying into medical negligence.
I help my clients to claim compensation when they have been injured due to negligent medical treatment.
I run my own case load, advising clients who have suffered a wide range of medical issues including:
- Negligent surgery
- Ophthalmic issues
- Negligent treatment of complex gastrointestinal injuries
- Delay in diagnosis of cancer
- Fatal cases, including those with a psychiatric element.
I have a particular interest in secondary victim claims and in cases where a client has suffered a psychiatric injury.
I also assist other senior members of the team in various high value cases involving birth injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries and infectious diseases.
What inspired you to get into law?
I always knew that I wanted to work in a profession where I could help people. I found the law fascinating and love how it shapes who we are as a society, and how it can be used to bring remedy and justice to people in the most difficult of times.
Knowing I also wanted to help people, I was torn between medicine and law and then I discovered medical negligence law while on a work experience placement aged 15.
It felt like the perfect job for me. All these years later I still find it so interesting and rewarding. Combined with a natural propensity to always need to win an argument, I am certain I made the right choice!
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
It's an immense privilege to be able to represent my clients at an incredibly difficult stage of their lives. I don’t take their trust in me lightly and I will always be tenacious in my pursuit of justice for them.
Although succeeding with a claim can't turn back the clock, it's hugely rewarding to be able to see the difference we can make together in helping to make their lives more comfortable. It's also equally rewarding to get answers for clients who want to understand what went wrong.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
The team! I feel incredibly lucky to do the work that I do alongside such a fantastic team. Everyone is so supportive and friendly. We have some amazing legal minds and a huge wealth of experience across the team which is great to learn from.
Because the firm has such a good track record, we are able to secure some of the most interesting and high profile work. Being involved in this makes me feel that I'm really making a tangible difference to our clients' lives.
What do you do away from the office?
I love to travel and immerse myself in other cultures. I have spent time volunteering and living in Tanzania and Australia, as well as visiting many countries throughout South East Asia. I love live music. I also enjoy cycling, running and swimming, so following running a half marathon, I've decided to cycle to Paris next year and then try my hand at a triathlon..!
“Catherine always explained the main points to me and she was always at the end of the phone if I needed an explanation at any time. Catherine and other colleagues at Irwin Mitchell dealt with this case in a very professional (but friendly) manner and I would recommend them to anyone in the same situation.” - 5* Trustpilot review
"I don't know why I chose Irwin Mitchell to fight my husband's case against the NHS but I'm glad I did. Catherine Knight have kept me well informed all the way through. Even the technical jargon was well explained. I can ring or email her at any time and she's patient with me when my IT skills evaporate. I hoped I'd never have to use a solicitor for this type of occasion (my husband's death) and never want to again. But, I'm very pleased with Irwin Mitchell. - 5* Trustpilot review
"Irwin Mitchell provided an excellent service. My settlement has just been confirmed by my solicitor, Catherine Knight in my medical negligence matter. I'm very pleased with the result & with the prompt, professional, personable service that I have received throughout from Catherine. I would have no hesitation in recommending her in this specialist & extremely complex area." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Had a bad medical experience where the wrong operation was carried out, and the medics responsible were making things worse by not putting right their wrongs. This left my life in tatters so went to Irwin Mitchel for advice and help. They listened and asked relevant questions and aided me to make the most of the damage done, by getting advice from the right professionals and being compensated. The team led by Catherine Knight showed full empathy and understanding that the right outcome was obtained. Well done, would not hesitate to recommend." - 5* Trustpilot review
"My solicitor, Catherine Knight has provided an extremely helpful & thorough service. I have found all her correspondence to be very clear & easy to understand. I would recommend her to anyone who was looking for a solicitor in this field." - Adele, client