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I specialise in a range of medical law work including cases against hospitals, GPs and other health professionals. This may include incorrect diagnosis, surgical errors and failures in treatment of patients with mental health issues.
I also specialise in child abuse cases. I represent individuals who have experienced sexual and physical abuse and neglect. I have acted for clients in cases against local authorities, schools, religious organisations and children’s homes.
I have always had a strong sense of what is right and wrong and felt compelled to help those who, for whatever reason, are unable to speak up for themselves.
Ensuring that client's get the recognition they deserve when things go wrong and working hard to make sure they can, wherever possible, get their lives back on track.
Irwin Mitchell has a wealth of talent and resources which means that no case is too complicated or unusual for us to investigate.
I enjoy spending time with my two young children and like to travel whenever the opportunity allows.
“Since he was found guilty, we have already been contacted by those who allege that they too were abused by Bennell. As well as being contacted by others who were abused while playing junior football by adults that exploited their position of power to commit horrendous acts. The scale of the problem is horrific and those who have helped bring Bennell to justice deserve great credit for the bravery they have shown.
“We welcome the sentence that has been handed down today. It represents justice for those who were victims of Bennell’s crimes, both those who have come forward and those who are yet to.
“To those people who are yet to come forward, today’s sentence sends out a supportive message. A message which states you will be believed and supported should you choose to come forward and you can have confidence in the justice system to hold criminals, like Bennell, to account.
“Abuse survivors often suffer in silence and we praise the bravery of those who have come forward in this case, showing extreme courage to speak out about the abuse they suffered and to ensure that Bennell was brought to justice.”
“Many people who suffer sexual abuse as a child are affected by the ordeal for the rest of their lives and their experiences can have a significant impact on how they choose to live their lives.
“We have heard from many people who have been abused by their sports coaches or managers while they were vulnerable individuals trying to fit in or impress or simply in awe of people in power. These people, like Barry Bennell, have taken advantage of their position of power and trust over young people.
“Abuse survivors often suffer in silence and Gary has been extremely courageous to speak out about the abuse he suffered, to ensure that his abuser was brought to justice. We hope this courage will see further footballers and other sportspeople who have been abused as a child by their coaches or managers to share their stories to raise awareness that these traumatic incidents can happen behind the closed doors of the sporting industry.”
A GP is a position of trust, however, at Irwin Mitchell we sadly often see first-hand the impact that such crimes can have on people.
“The bravery the women showed in reporting Rathore to police and then giving evidence against him during his trial is commendable.
“We hope that the sentence handed down to Rathore acts as a warning that even people in a position of trust are not above the law.
“It is important that anyone who was abused by Rathore can access the specialist professional support they require to help them rebuild their lives.”
Both Janice and Kaysley were failed by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. If staff had acted with more urgency Janice would still be alive and Kaysley could have received the vital treatment he needed.
“While it may be five years too late, we are pleased that the Trust has finally apologised to Janice’s family. We hope the Trust learns lessons from this tragic case so others don’t have to suffer like Janice and the rest of her family.”
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