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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.
"She doesn't miss a thing and is always one step ahead….She puts our minds at ease and explains processes clearly. She is also very compassionate." - Chambers & Partners 2019
"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 is praised for being "always very calm and careful in the way she prepares cases." Sources say that she "always explains everything thoroughly – and in plain English rather than legalese" and commend her ability "make a daunting prospect less so." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
"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
"Tremendously committed to her clients, works exceptionally hard and provides a good and realistic assessment of each case" - Legal 500, 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
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.
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.
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.
I enjoy travelling, particularly to the Far East and Australia. At home, I enjoy cooking for friends and family.
“Sadly we see many families who are affected by serious birth and neonatal injuries, many caused by HIE incidents. Although this might only affect a few people in every 1000 the effects can be extremely severe so it is important that people are aware of all the help and support that is available to them as parents.
“Families may be affected by HIE in different ways, for some children it can cause severe brain damage and cause disabilities, others may not be so severely affected but will still have questions and need some level of support. That’s where Peeps’ advice and experience can really help others.”
“We had a truly amazing time seeing Peru and the trek was easily one of the hardest things that either of us have ever done with early starts and very long days.
“However, we were undoubtedly spurred on by the fact that we were doing it to support such an amazing charity. The Child Brain Injury Trust is an organisation which we are so proud to have strong links to, with its work changing so many lives up and down the country.
“Our fellow trekkers and the support crew were all fantastic and the whole trip was simply something that we will never ever forget.”
We’ve seen how much disability sports can help our clients with their rehabilitation and recovery both physically and psychologically, especially when they are involved in team sports and events.
“We wanted to combine our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign to get more people involved in disability sports with our ongoing support for those families affected by cerebral palsy. The CP Sport Adult Football League finals is the perfect event to help celebrate the achievements of all those involved and help people to reach their potential. We’re really looking forward to June and seeing what the finals day has in store.”
“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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