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Guy Forster



I am a Partner and head the Medical Negligence team at the Cambridge office. I have specialised in clinical negligence cases since qualifying as a solicitor and act on behalf of clients who have suffered serious injury, recovering substantial amounts of compensation to fund care, therapies and other needs. I also represent families at inquests where their loved one has died through negligent medical treatment.

I have for many years had a particular interest in birth injury cases, involving children who have cerebral palsy as a result of delays in delivery or inadequate neonatal care. I represent mothers who have suffered injury during delivery or where there have been failures to diagnose congenital conditions such as Down's syndrome or spina bifida during pregnancy. I act for both adults and children who have suffered brain and spinal injury or who have suffered avoidable amputations.

The Cambridge team is also well known for advising in cases involving negligent fertility treatment, including laboratory mix-ups and accidents and inadequate clinical treatment. The team and I have been involved in a number of complex, high-profile cases on behalf of clients nationwide.


Sources say Guy "immediately puts people at ease and is very inclusive, an excellent communicator and completely thorough in his work." They also commend him as being "very smart and vastly experienced" – Chambers & Partners 2018 

"He takes the time to get to know his client and their family; he is extremely approachable and committed to achieving the best outcomes." – Chambers & Partners 2017

"Very experienced, very able, great with clients and confident with all of the technical issues...leads with authority, care and aplomb – clients love him and he is a feared opponent." - Legal 500, 2017

Guy Forster is "a leader in his field and is superb with clients" – Legal 500 2016

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

For me, the most rewarding aspect is guiding a client along the way to achieving their aims, whether they are securing compensation to fund vital care and therapy needs, or simply getting the answers or apology they were seeking at the outset.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The sheer depth of knowledge and experience of the people who work here, the strong ethic of team-working and the determination to get the very best result for our clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Away from the office, life tends to centre around my two young daughters, whether it be my eldest's clubs and activities or my youngest's nappy changes. When I get the chance to get away, I love running and getting outdoors. I am a trustee for Stars, a child bereavement support charity in Cambridgeshire and volunteer for Little Miracles, a parent-led support group in Peterborough for families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 22/01/2018
    Mum Receives Damages Following 17-Month Delay In Diagnosing Cervical Cancer

    Delays in diagnosing cervical cancer can have devastating effects for the women involved and their families. “Experts have confirmed the care that Tayne received fell way below expected standards. For doctors to not consider the possibility that she may have cervical cancer with the symptoms she was reporting was unacceptable because the signs were clear. “While nothing can make up for the poor level of care Tayne received and the anger and upset her family have had to go through since her diagnosis, we are pleased that Tayne can now put her legal case behind her, continue her recovery and plan for the future with her family. “It is important that there is not a loss of confidence in the health service amongst women who may have some of the symptoms of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a treatable disease with a good long term prognosis when it is diagnosed early. This is why it is so important that women attend for regular smears and be aware of the symptoms. “We join Tayne in encouraging any women who may think they have the symptoms of cervical cancer to seek medical advice at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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  • 07/12/2017
    Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Team Up With Cambridge United Community Trust

    “We are delighted to support the great work that Cambridge United Community Trust does in delivering Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football sessions. “Like Cambridge United Community Trust, we want to promote the many benefits that disability sport offers and encourage more people to get involved.”

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  • 08/08/2017
    Legal Expert Urges Health Bodies To Ensure Cancer Diagnosis Guidelines Are Up-To-Date

    “Often it could be months or years until they go back and by that stage the prognosis can be a lot worse. It’s really concerning if guidelines aren’t being followed.”

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  • 02/06/2017
    'Lessons Must Be Learned' After Inquest Into Organ Transplant Death Reveals Series of Failures In Care

    “The series of failings that have been revealed as part of our investigations and at the inquest itself have raised a number of very serious concerns in relation to both the systems in place and treatment provided to Leigh. “It is to the credit of the organisations involved that they have undertaken thorough investigations and recognised at an early stage that action needs to be taken to tighten up the procedures in place and, following the conclusion of the hearing, we are reiterating our determination to ensure that all is done that can be done. “There can be little doubt that Leigh was badly let down and several opportunities were missed to prevent his death. The last thing that the family want, however, is for there to be a loss of confidence in the transplant service; errors such as these are thankfully very rare and, tragically, all the evidence we have heard is that with adequate treatment Leigh’s transplant would have been successful and would have enhanced his quality of life.”

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