I'm a Partner and head the Medical Negligence team at the Cambridge office.
I've specialised in clinical negligence cases since qualifying as a solicitor and act on behalf of clients who've suffered serious injury. I recover substantial amounts of compensation for my clients to fund care, therapies and other needs.
I also represent families at inquests where their loved one has died through negligent medical treatment. This is often with the aim of getting answers and bringing about changes to improve patient safety.
I act for both adults and children who have suffered brain injury, spinal injury such as cauda equina syndrome, or those who have suffered avoidable amputations.
I have substantial experience in handling 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 congenital conditions such as Down's syndrome or spina bifida have been misdiagnosed during pregnancy.
I also act for numerous clients who have suffered major strokes following delays in treatment. I contribute to learning in the field of stroke medicine through speaking on the subject of patient safety and learning from mistakes.
"[A] star on the national stage... He is feared and respected by opponents, and loved by his clients. An absolutely terrific all-rounder in any sort of serious clinical negligence claim." – Legal 500, 2021 (Leading Individual)
"He is quick to reassure and is diligent in his pursuit to find out all facts." – Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Leading Individual – Band 1)
Guy receives plaudits for his client-oriented approach, with one client remarking: "His advice is always spot-on, but equally he makes me feel my opinions and suggestions are valid. I have felt a sense of calm knowing that Guy is taking up my fight for answers." - Chambers & Partners, 2020
"Guy Forster is a fantastic advocate for his clients; a stickler for the detail and extremely thorough."- Legal 500, 2020
"He has tremendous empathy for the clients and he has huge loyalty from them and the team. He goes the extra mile and looks at every aspect." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Very experienced, able to get his head round any kind of case, very good with clients and able to get the best from a case". - Legal 500, 2018/19
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
"He made the whole progress that much more better to handle and always explained anything and everything I didn't understand and always going that extra mile was no effort at all for him! From the very beginning, he made me feel confident that Irwin Mitchell would try their best to find out who was to blame and never throughout the 5 year progress did I have any doubt! Many thanks Irwin Mitchell for changing my son's life and many thanks Guy Forster for... well for everything!" - 5* Trustpilot review
"Would absolutely recommend Irwin Mitchell for their dedication and sympathetic understanding of a traumatic experience I had during the birth of my child. Guy Forster and team were very thorough and I felt I was able to put my trust in them 100%" - 5* Trustpilot review
"After my husband had a stroke and we started a Medical Negligence claim, Irwin Mitchell could not have been more helpful! Initially, it was upsetting recalling past events, but Guy Forster and his colleagues were very understanding, patient and supportive throughout the whole process. They kept us informed and explained the various stages, using the best medical experts to support his claim. Needless to say, they won my husband’s case, and we had a brilliant result. Many thanks to Guy’s team, in particular, Amie Minns and Sophie Bales for all their help" - 5* Trustpilot review
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 results for our clients.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Away from the office, life tends to revolve around my three young daughters. When I get the chance to get away, I love running and getting outdoors.