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I am Head of the Southampton Medical Negligence team and have specialised in clinical negligence since qualifying as a solicitor and developed a particular interest in the area of high value, complex obstetric and neonatal neurological injury, including cerebral palsy, neonatal hypoglycaemia, meningitis and Group B Strep.
The challenge and opportunity to help people overcome life-changing events.
I enjoy working with clients and their families and I never cease to be impressed by the strength and level of dedication and commitment given to my clients by family and friends in very difficult and demanding circumstances.
When not running around after my young daughter, I enjoy playing tennis, horse riding, swimming, skiing (badly), films, travel, a glass of good wine and sitting still for five minutes!
"Irwin Mitchell's team was bolstered by its merger with Thomas Eggar LLP and the recruitment of Justine Spencer, who specialises in birth injury cases" - Legal 500
"Justine Spencer of Irwin Mitchell is 'an effective and tenacious clinical negligence solicitor', say sources. She has particular expertise in obstetric and neonatal neurological injuries. - Chambers UK
The findings of the CQC are deeply shocking. From our work in helping clients, we sadly know the terrible consequences that can occur when the level of care a patient should be expected to receive falls below required standards. Delays in diagnosis can be devastating in terms of ensuring that as many treatment options as possible are available.
“We don’t want there to be a loss of faith in the Health Service and welcome Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s apology. However, it is vital that the Trust now ensures it reviews procedures and introduces working practices to safeguard the safety of patients.
“We would encourage anyone who thinks they may have been affected to seek medical advice as soon as possible.”
“The inquest has raised a number of very serious concerns in relation to both the systems in place and treatment provided to Alex.
“We believe that Alex was badly let down and opportunities were missed to prevent his death. The last thing that the family want, however, is for there to be a loss of confidence in the health services.
“Sara and the children just hope that the lessons are learned to ensure that no one else faces the failings that led to Alex’s death, and that no family has to go through the same pain as they have.”
My client suffered severe brain damage after delays by midwifery staff in identifying he had problems feeding, leading to his blood sugar levels falling to dangerously low levels.
“While we are pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing, no amount of money can ever compensate for the severe and lifelong injuries my client has suffered.
"The family would rather not be in this situation at all but the settlement will now fund my client’s care for the rest of his life, enabling him to live as independently as he possibly can.
"I hope that lessons are learnt from the mistakes that were made in this case in order to improve patient safety in the future.”
“This is an incredibly tragic case and, just over a year on from Alex’s death, Sara remains understandably devastated by the loss of her husband and her children’s father.
“This inquest should hopefully provide vital information in relation to the events leading up to his death and we hope that the detail will ensure that the family will be able to get the answers they deserve.”
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