I am a Partner in the Medical Negligence team, based in Sheffield, where I lead a team of lawyers.
I have specialised in medical negligence for over 15 years and I handle a variety of claims. I have particular interest and expertise in:
- Birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy, neonatal deaths and stillbirth
- Amputation claims
- Spinal injury claims
- Cauda Equina claims
- Cancer claims
- Fatal claims including inquests, surgical claims and cosmetic surgery claims.
I have expertise in the assessment of maximum severity claims and am also experienced in the preparation of complex schedules of loss and damage, which value the level of compensation for patients who have been injured as a result of negligent medical treatment.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor I was a Senior Operating Department Practitioner in the NHS where I gained extensive medical and surgical experience. This has proved to be invaluable in my day to day work as a medical negligence solicitor.
I regularly lecture to other lawyers and healthcare professionals in respect of medical negligence and patient safety, including for AvMA, SIA and the Expert Witness Institute.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
Whilst working in the NHS in my previous career, I became interested in medical ethics and medical law and in particular patient safety. I was passionate about being an advocate for patients and their families and following my qualification as a solicitor specialising in medical negligence this was reinforced and remains true to this day.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Every day I am struck by the strength and the dignity that patients and their families who have been injured or affected by medical negligence cope with their injury or losses. I feel very humbled to work with these individuals, to find them answers and where appropriate seek compensation for their injuries to provide funds to assist with their day to day lives and if possible rehabilitation. I am also aware that bringing medical negligence claims and highlighting patient safety issues can raise standards of medical treatment and hopefully prevent similar incidents happening to other patients.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell is a firm that puts clients' interests at the forefront of its business and no more so than in medical negligence and personal injury cases. The firm has a wealth of talented and experienced lawyers who work tirelessly for their clients to achieve the best possible outcome.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Away from the office and the Peak District being on my doorstep I enjoy the "Great Outdoors", mountain biking, rock climbing, walking. I also enjoy travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Julianne is recognised as a "Leading Individual" who helps head up a clinical negligence practice that is "among the best in its field," consistently meeting the "highest standards in terms of expertise, experience and client care." – Legal 500, 2018