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Jennifer Cawthorne



Jennifer is a Partner in the Medical Negligence team in Manchester and has specialised in this area for over 16 years. Jennifer is a Law Society Panel Member which recognises her skills and experience in this area.

Jennifer is known for her expertise in birth injury claims but also has an interest in spinal injury claims and claims arising from delays or failures to diagnosis and treat. Jennifer was recognised for her expertise in claims arising from misdiagnosis in Legal 500.


"I am really pleased with Irwin Mitchell and Jennifer Cawthorne who worked so hard to get us the compensation for my husband. I can't thank them enough.

"Jennifer especially was so easy to talk to, whilst being very professional, I felt I could ask her about things I didn't quite understand,and not feel stupid. I would recommend them 100 percent." - Lynn Turner, client

"She's excellent at dealing with difficult cases". "She is tenacious and won't let a case go until it is absolutely clear." – Chambers & Partners, 2017

She is noted for her client care, and one observer says: "She is absolutely first-rate, she works incredibly hard for her clients and no stone is left unturned." – Chambers & Partners 2016

"She is calm and conscientious, and gets great results for her client." – Chambers & Partners 2014

'The "brilliant" Jennifer Cawthorne is experienced in matters spanning oncology, neurosurgery, and missed diagnosis.' – Legal 500 2014

"Analytical and very client friendly, and manage expectations realistically and sensitively." – Legal 500 2013

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I am really interested in medicine and law, and a career that enabled me to combine both seemed like the ideal choice for me. Work experience during school and college holidays definitely confirmed this. I enjoy the variety and challenges the job brings.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I always wanted to help people and derive great job satisfaction in securing compensation for injured clients and their families. I also know that finding answers to often long held questions is of huge importance to clients and I work hard to obtain those answers and find it rewarding to help people in that way too.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I have worked at the Sheffield and Newcastle offices before I moved to Manchester in 2010. It is a friendly and supportive environment to work in and everyone is always working hard to exceed client's expectations and secure the maximum compensation they can. 

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy travelling, particularly to the Far East and Australia. At home, I enjoy cooking for friends and family.

Cases I've Been Involved With

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 10/10/2016
    Delays In Diagnosis Of Spinal Infection Left Woman Unable To Walk

    “The swift and accurate diagnosis of illnesses and infections is absolutely crucial as early treatment can often prevent long-term health complications. Sadly, in Pauline’s case, the spinal infection she was suffering was not spotted by staff at Burnley General Hospital as the correct tests were not carried out promptly at the hospital. “The injuries she suffered as a result have had a huge impact on her life and she now relies on a wheelchair for mobility. Pauline has been unable to return to work and thankfully we have been able to secure her the funds to enable her to move into a specially adapted bungalow for the additional needs she now has. “Clearly, what has happened to Pauline illustrates the severe and long-term impact of failures within hospitals and it is important lessons are learned to reduce the risk of these events being repeated in the future. “Pauline now has the peace of mind that this settlement will help her fund the care, rehabilitation and equipment she needs in her day-to-day life.”

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  • 04/08/2015
    Irwin Mitchell Sponsors The 2015 CPISRA World Games

    “We are incredibly proud to be lending our support to the Games, a fantastic event which showcases how sport can be such a hugely positive influence on so many lives. “We have seen so many instances when our clients have benefited hugely from getting involved in sport, not just in terms of their physical therapy and rehabilitation but also in terms of their mental wellbeing. “The CPISRA Games is an incredibly inspiring event and we look forward to cheering on all of the competitors when the events get underway next week.”

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