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I am a Partner in the Medical Negligence team in Birmingham. I specialise in a range of medical law work including cases against hospitals, GPs and other health professionals. I have dealt with numerous cases involving children and mothers injured at birth and have also handled many fatal cases in which I represent family members at coroner's inquests. My team also specialise in representing the families of mental health patients where there are questions regarding the quality of care provided. Throughout the past 12 months I have recovered in excess of £8 million in damages for clients injured through medical accidents.
In addition I lead a team in the Birmingham office which specialises in child abuse cases. I represent individuals who have experienced sexual and physical abuse and neglect. I have acted for clients in cases against local authorities, schools, religious organisations and children’s homes.
I was the first lawyer in the country to recover in excess of £1m in damages for a family in a claim against their local authority for failing to remove them in to care and I was named the Birmingham Law Society Solicitor of the Year for my work in the field of child abuse.
"Exceptionally caring" lawyer who has "good relationships with clients." "One of the most able solicitors I have ever come across in the profession." – Chambers & Partners 2017
Sources say: "He has very good interpersonal skills and he is very diligent and committed." – Chambers & Partners 2016
"There is no problem that he won’t do his best to overcome" – Legal 500 2015
"A real star for the future with an absolutely superb manner – sympathetic and attentive” –Chambers & Partners 2011
Although I hugely enjoyed my law degree I must admit to finding some of the more academic parts of it quite hard going and I was worried that in practice I might not have the opportunity to work closely with real people and make a real difference to their lives. I was anxious a career in law might see me buried in paperwork hardly coming up for air! After leaving university I took up a position as a Paralegal working at Irwin Mitchell so that I could get some first hand experience of what was involved and realised I could not have been more wrong. I was so impressed with the immensely talented, committed and down to earth lawyers and so excited at the chance that we had to help clients in the most difficult situations put their lives back together. The Irwin Mitchell approach was unique in my experience and I made up my mind very quickly that this was the career I wanted.
The privilege to get to know and work for so many brave and inspirational clients. I really enjoy working with my clients to find out exactly what they want to achieve and to then work with them to get to that solution in the way that best works for them.
The spectacularly talented and genuine people that I work with who help us deliver a personal and professional service to our clients every day.
Away from the office I try to keep up with my family and friends as best I can and I am slowly working on ticking off my travel destination wish list!
“There have been a number of high-profile cases of abuse in the news in recent years, with such issues often encouraging people who have faced similar ordeals to come forward and speak out about what they have been through.
“Sadly this is yet another case in which a person has abused their position of trust to take advantage of others and every effort must now be made to ensure lessons can be learned so that the same problems do not happen again.
“It is also vital anyone affected by abuse, either from this individual or others, is able to access the care and support they need to begin to come to terms with their ordeals and move forward with their lives.”
“We are glad to see that Sheffield City Council has welcomed the court’s verdict and subsequent sentencing.
“However, we call on the Council to ensure that it provides the five men who have shown tremendous bravery in coming forward, and any other potential survivors of Mr Dodds abuse, with the resources they need and ensure they are given any support they seek.”
“We have witnessed first-hand how problems in the delivery of mental health services can have catastrophic consequences for the welfare of patients and their loved ones.
“It is imperative the government realise that cuts to social care and the NHS may be putting lives at risk and prioritise making improvements to the mental health services it offers the public.
““Everyone should have a right to expect the highest attainable standard of mental health and when reducing cost is considered more important than patient care that right is compromised. This is unacceptable and the general public, particularly the vulnerable, deserve more.”
“The results of this survey are very disturbing. For survivors to say that basic services to support some of the most vulnerable members of society, have not improved for over 40 years is shocking.
“It can be incredibly difficult for those affected by abuse to have the courage to come forward and talk about what they have been through, so it is hugely important that people are given the help they need to take such a step and begin the process of attempting to come to terms with what they have faced.
“It is vital that the NHS and local authorities take this matter seriously and prioritise making improvements in this area. Failure to do so will only prolong and potentially intensify a traumatic experience.”
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