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I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds.
My caseload covers a variety of claims including cases against hospital trusts, GPs and private practitioners.
I have experience in a broad range of claims including delays in diagnosis of cancer, failure to consent, substandard surgery, post surgical complications, wrongful birth, anaesthetic awareness, delay in diagnosis of encephalitis and failure to provide psychiatric treatment resulting in self harm. In 2016, I represented a woman who was mistakenly given a muscle relaxant after an operation and subsequently suffered cardiac arrest.
I am also a founder of Irwin Mitchell's Boccia club in Leeds, find out more here or by downloading a leaflet about our relationship with the club (PDF).
I have a strong sense of justice. My father was a police officer and so I grew up with an interest in the English legal system. I developed an interest in medical negligence after spending time in the team during my training contract.
Without a doubt it is the clients. Clients contact us when they or a loved one has suffered a life changing injury and I like being able to help them whether that is through obtaining compensation to pay for rehabilitation or therapy, seeking an apology from their opponent or to find answers in their quest to understand what went wrong.
The satisfaction I get in guiding a client and their family through the claims process is huge. It's really rewarding to support every client, seeing how the work the team does makes a difference.
Not only am I at one of the best law firms in the country but I am surrounded by people who are specialists in their fields. Irwin Mitchell is motivated to improve clients' lives not only through the claims process but through promoting rehabilitation, accessible sports and inclusion.
Irwin Mitchell is an ambitious, driven and passionate law firm but still retains a local, approachable and caring feel that I think makes it unique.
I enjoy playing tennis, skiing, travelling, and spending time with my family and friends. I have recently returned from a 5 month sabbatical living in Malaga, where I learnt Spanish and taught English to Spanish children.
My undergraduate degree was in History and I continue to have a real passion for the subject. I am studying part-time for a Masters in Second World War Studies.
"Our experience with Irwin Mitchell has been excellent.
"They have dealt with our family’s negligence claim in a professional, courteous and extremely understanding manner especially in light of the grief you as a family are going through at the time. We had the pleasure of dealing with Lauren Bullock in the main, Rachelle Mahapatra and Victoria Moss and others...(read more) - Monique, client
"They explained every step and contacted us to keep us updated with the process of our case. It was a long and difficult process but support was available. We are gratefully for your help and support." - Salina Begum, Client
"I would highly recommend Irwin Mitchell for any clinical negligence case. They are extremely professional and seek the best out come for the client, rather then the quickest which some other firms seem to do.
"My solicitor Lauren Bullock kept me well informed throughout the case and was always at the end of a phone/email if i had any questions. Very compassionate and empathetic, I couldn't have asked for a better solicitor." - Rebecca Chapman, Client
"I cannot praise Samuel Hill and Lauren Bullock of Irwin Mitchell highly enough for all their help and dedication in coming to a successful conclusion... for delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma claim. They always dealt with me in a sympathetic and compassionate manner... They always kept me informed of progress, gave me sound and honest advice and took the time to listen to me... I know that they were dealing with a large number of claims at any one time, I always felt that they cared about me as an individual rather than one of many. I have no hesitation in recommending Irwin Mitchell.” - Former client
“Yvette and Paul were understandably devastated by the passing of their son Jacob last year. This was meant to be a happy time for them, but sadly it ended in tragedy.
They are both trying to come to terms with what has happened, but it is difficult for them as there are still so many unanswered questions as to what went wrong during Jacob’s birth. Delays by the NHS Trust in providing the information mean that an inquest into Jacob’s death is not likely to take place until later this year.
Now that Yvette is pregnant again, there is obviously a lot of worry and anxiety and the couple really need to know what led to the unexpected death of their baby and that the mistakes identified will not happen again. We are supporting them and liaising with the NHS Trust on their behalf. The NHS Trust made some recommendations in the Serious Incident Report and we hope that these will be implemented as soon as possible to improve care at the Trust.”
“The internal NHS investigations conducted following her death and subsequent inquest have highlighted that more should have been done to help Afrika.
“Young people who are known to mental health services falling between the cracks is a growing concern. Afrika’s death is a stark reminder of what can happen when people do not receive the support they need.
“While nothing will make up for the anguish and pain her family continue to face, it is vital that lessons are learned from Afrika’s case to improve patient care.
“We will continue to support Beverley at this incredibly difficult time to help her try to come to terms with what has happened the best she can.”
“While it may be a year since Afrika’s death, Beverley and the rest of the family remain devastated.
“While the NHS carried out an investigation following Afrika’s death the inquest is now the next step in the process of thoroughly examining what happened and establishing why she died.
“We hope that the inquest will be able to provide answers for Afrika’s family.”
“This is a truly tragic case in which we believe that an extremely bright and talented teenager simply did not receive the care and support she needed at an incredibly difficult time.
“While nothing will sadly change what has happened in this desperately sad case, the report into Afrika’s care suggests there are clear improvements which can be made to improve mental health support for those close to 18 and therefore moving from youth to adult services.
“We are determined to help her family not only gain justice regarding her case but also ensure that lessons are learned which will ultimately improve care.”
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