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I am Irwin Mitchell's Regional Managing Partner for Bristol and Head of the Bristol Medical Negligence team.
I specialise in representing individuals who have suffered an injury because of the negligence of a Hospital Trust, GP or private doctor. I have a particular interest in injuries caused during pregnancy or birth to either mother or baby.
I have been involved in a lot of cases resulting from delayed meningitis diagnoses. I also have a lot of experience in representing clients at inquests and fatal claims when families have a lost a relative or loved one because of the negligence of a doctor or hospital.
Most of my clients are really looking for answers as to what has gone during their medical treatment and the independent medical reports that we obtain do often help with this.
Some of my clients have been left with severe disabilities and it is extremely rewarding when I obtain compensation which funds their care, rehabilitation and adaptations to property which maximises their quality of life and replaces their lost earnings which takes away financial worries.
I enjoy yoga and pilates and (a little bit!) of running. I love the sunshine and look forward to visiting my house in Jamaica.
An "excellent, dedicated solicitor who never takes a bad point and runs cases with determination and efficiency." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
Julie Lewis leads the "truly client-driven" practice at Irwin Mitchell, which is considered "a market leader" for cases involving elderly abuse, injuries to children and fatalities - Legal 500
Sources say that head of department Julie Lewis is "very experienced and able" and has "a very good manner with clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Tactically astute" and "very sharp" - Legal 500, 2017
We completely agree that there needs to be an inquiry into the number of mental health deaths that have been associated to failings in NHS care.
“Although the number of deaths is shocking it comes as no surprise to us based on the number of cases we run which involve a failure of mental health services.
“It is essential that the failings are understood and mental health services are properly resourced so that similar deaths can be prevented in the future.”
We are committed to nurturing and developing legal talent as well as supporting the community so we are delighted to be working with the university to support the inaugural Medical Law Debate.
"Helping and judging the students debate and seeing what legal talent is out there nationally is a real privilege and we hope that the experience will inspire those taking part in the debate to continue working hard."
The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have helped a number of incredible causes along the way.
“Off The Record is a fantastic cause doing vital work to address the mental health issues experienced by young people and we are already hard at work planning out the range of events which will be held across the year to raise vital funds to support the incredible work it does.”
Our clients’ experiences show how crucial it is that cancer is diagnosed as early as possible, as the consequences of a delayed diagnosis can be devastating. In particular, we are seeing a trend for delayed diagnoses in gynaecological cancers; the impacts can be far-reaching and it is essential that women’s complaints are taken seriously at an early stage.
“It is unacceptable for their symptoms to be dismissed as simply hormonal or for women to be told that they are simply “too young” to have cancer. Cancer doesn’t discriminate by age and it is imperative that doctors consider further investigations where patients’ symptoms remain unresolved or unexplained.”
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