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Laura Hopkinson



I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Sheffield and have been working at Irwin Mitchell since 2014. I am work exclusively with patients to support them in investigating the medical treatment they have received.

I handle a wide variety of medical negligence cases including delayed cancer diagnoses, failures during surgery, substandard GP care, and orthopaedic treatment.

I also have experience in investigating gynaecological and obstetric treatment received by my clients, which is an area that I have a specific interest in. Sadly, this covers injuries to both mothers and babies during childbirth and tragic cases relating to stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

What inspired you to get into law?

I have always enjoyed working with and getting to know all different types of people. I also wanted a job which was challenging, involved empowering people to access justice, and allowed me to fight their corner if they were unable to fully do it themselves.

I am also fascinated by the constantly evolving world of medicine - this is one of the reasons why I chose to specialise in medical negligence.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is the privilege of working with our clients and enabling them (or their family) to find the answers to their questions, assist them through the legal process, and support them with them getting on with their lives after suffering life-changing injuries.

It is also incredibly rewarding to work with such fantastic colleagues at the top of their fields in medical negligence law. They are as passionate as I am about finding answers for our clients and supporting them through what can be one of the most difficult times in their lives.

What do you do away from the office?

Outside of the office I enjoy horse riding, climbing and taking my two dogs for walks in the Peak District, which I am very lucky to live so close to. I also love travelling to new places with friends and family. For a spot of relaxation I try to fit in a yoga class when I can.