I qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and have practiced exclusively in medical negligence since then.
My caseload is varied and in addition to acting on obstetric cases involving birth injuries, maternal injuries and stillbirth, I act for patients and their families who are seeking answers in relation to:
- Delays in diagnosis and treatment
- Failure to obtain appropriate consent
- Substandard surgery
- Substandard follow up to surgery
I also help families who have lost loved ones as a result of substandard treatment and/or management.
What inspired you to get into law?
I chose a career in law because I wanted to help people and make a real difference. I chose medical negligence because I am passionate about improving standards and patient safety. I believe that everyone accessing healthcare should receive the best care available and clinicians should be appropriately supported to deliver it.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Working in medical negligence, I frequently deal with people who feel let down by clinicians they trusted, and who haven't been given adequate explanations about the treatment they've received.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being able to secure answers and explanations for my clients so that they can understand and come to terms with what happened to them or their loved ones.
I understand that bringing a claim can be a very daunting prospect and for the majority of my clients, it's more about getting answers rather than compensation. I find being part of this process both challenging and rewarding.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy working at Irwin Mitchell because I have had the opportunity to train with, and work alongside solicitors who are widely recognised to be leaders in medical negligence law, we really ’know our stuff’.
Equally importantly, every client is treated as an individual and every effort is made to ‘go the extra mile’. When people contact us, they are often desperate and feel very isolated. With the multitude of services Irwin Mitchell offers, we're well positioned to help with a variety of issues. Our aim is for every client to benefit from contacting Irwin Mitchell, whatever the outcome of their case and this helps me to feel like I'm achieving my personal aim of making a real difference.
What do you do away from the office?
I am a busy mum of two girls, and I enjoy family time, walking, reading, holidays and eating out.
"Our solicitor was Katie Warner and we can't praise her enough! She helped us through the whole case and always went the extra mile! It is down to her handling of the case that my husband and I now have the ability to cope with his disabilities. It made a big difference that we always felt supported and believed." - Johanna Cobb
"The service we received was really excellent. Both Margaret Ryan and Katie Warner were so professional and kind and caring. They never lost sight of what was best for my daughter.
"They were so supportive at every step along the six year legal journey, as my daughter's life had changed beyond belief due to clinical negligence. The emotions that come with this are so intense. Not only were they very competent with the legal side of the claim but they knew how to support the client and family through the process. They also appointed the best counsel to ensure a very good outcome for my daughter. I would recommend using IM and in particular Margaret and Katie in a heartbeat as they do everything in their power to ensure the best outcome for their client. My daughter has a brighter future because of how brilliant they were." - Helen Wilkinson, Client
"I would like to thank on behalf of my family, both Katie Warner and Ross McWilliams for their very professional and compassionate handling of my case, which ran for over 3 years. They kept me up to date at all times as things developed and were always sensitive towards the family regarding the very traumatic issues involved." - Chiff Chappell, Client
"I had looked around a few firms to take on my medical negligence case but when I met Katie Warner I knew she was the right person to handle my case. She was highly professional but also compassionate and sensitive and she made me feel I was in very good hands, which was important after the trauma I had experienced." - Chan, Client
"I approached Irwin Mitchell to deal with a medical negligence claim relating to my mother. We were represented initially by Katie Warner and then by Ross McWilliams and both were extremely helpful and explained things clearly at each stage.
"The death of my mother during the proceedings meant we had to pass the claim over to myself but again everyone was very helpful and made things very easy under very difficult circumstances. I would have no reservations about recommending Irwin Mitchell to anyone. Thanks for doing a great job." - Dr. Louise Fletcher, client
"Our experience with Irwin Mitchell in Leeds was excellent... We are most impressed with Katie and Margaret who was there from the beginning supporting us with respect to our mental stress (family) but also keeping us informed every step of the way on developments both negative and positive." - Martin Samy, Client