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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 - read more in the Yorkshire Post.
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
“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.”
“This is an unbearably tragic story where a family has had to endure a devastating sequence of events.
“While they sought advice and support from the local NHS Trust, there were ultimately a series of missed opportunities to intervene. Had Martin been given the right support there might have been a very different outcome. It is particularly sad as Martin and his family requested support time and time again.
“Nothing will ever change what Martin’s family has been through. But we hope that at the very least lessons will be learned so that the problems seen here are simply never repeated again.
“It is so important to highlight the gaps in mental health services so that mistakes such as this never happen again and so that people who need assistance get the support they needed. We have to prevent tragedies like this happening to other families.”
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