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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
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.”
“Many of us at IM have seen first-hand some of the life-changing injuries our clients have; so we appreciate and understand just how important a role sport plays with recovery and rehabilitation. We’re delighted to be announced as the official programme partners of Saints Foundation’s Pan Disability League, as the Foundation gives disabled people and young adults opportunities and support they vitally need. This is something we’re really passionate about assisting, as reflected by our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign, which helps make disability and inclusive sport more accessible.”
“Everyone knows that NHS Trusts are under enormous strain, but it is imperative that the Isle of Wight NHS Trust take the CQC’s findings seriously and implements swift and effective action to make the necessary changes and improvements to patient safety.
“In a hospital environment, poor practice can mean the difference between life and death. We see the impact these types of failings can have on patients and their families and it is vital that patient safety is always the number one priority.
“It is also particularly distressing to hear that patients being treated in the mental health wards were not always afforded the dignity and privacy that other patients experienced.
“The Trust also needs to address the issue of unnecessary bureaucracy, and implement an immediate programme of change to improve the safeguarding knowledge and practice among staff.”
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