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I am an associate solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team, based in our Leeds office. I have specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 2007.
I represent clients with a wide variety of matters, these include: birth injury, still birth, delay in diagnosis of cancer, gynaecology and spinal injury cases. I have a particular interest in cases involving delays in treating Herpes simplex virus, resulting in brain injury, and cases involving substandard care resulting in avoidable hysterectomy and fertility issues.
I am also a trustee of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), a charity in its own right, established to raise funds for charities which are local to our offices. I am a member of the Leeds office charity committee and have helped to organise various fundraising events since 2007.
I studied law at the University of Liverpool and that convinced me that I wanted to pursue a career in law. My first experience of clinical negligence law was as a paralegal, prior to commencing my training to become a solicitor, and I knew then that I wanted to specialise in this area of law. I found the medical side of this area of law really interesting and found being able to make a real difference to people's lives really rewarding.
Achieving a good outcome for my clients, be that compensation to get them much needed treatment, support and financial security for the future, or in other cases being able to provide answers as to what went wrong or an apology from the Defendant.
I enjoy working with a great team of people who are all committed to doing the very best for our clients. You also feel extremely well supported with immensely experienced lawyers on hand to assist.
I have a young son and a very energetic dog who both keep me extremely busy. I also enjoy family trips out to the Cheshire countryside. I was a keen horse rider before my son arrived and hope to find the time to "get back in the saddle" one day!
"This company is just brilliant, they have dealt with my negligence claim perfectly. If if wasn’t for Margaret Ryan and Rebecca Haigh I honestly wouldn’t have got though it, they always kept me updated and were always at the other end of the phone if I needed to know anything." - Kirsty, client
"My medical negligence claim was handled very well by my solicitors Margaret Ryan and Rebecca Haigh. They have kept me well informed throughout and given me good legal advice to assist me in making decisions about my case. They are very professional with a caring attitude and provided me great support through this emotional experience." - Abby, client
"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...
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
"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
“Less than a year on from Paul’s death, our client remains understandably devastated by the loss of her husband.
“Many questions still remain unanswered and so we are hopeful that this upcoming inquest will provide some of the answers that the family desperately seeks.
“It is vital that, lessons can be learned from cases like this so that care standards can ultimately be improved and to prevent other families from being left without a loved one.”
Around a year on from Tim’s death, his loved ones remain understandably devastated and desperate for answers regarding the circumstances regarding his death.
“We are hopeful that the forthcoming inquest will go some way towards clarifying whether Tim’s medical treatment was appropriate and help his loved ones get answers to the many questions they have.”
“We are hugely concerned by the first-hand account we have heard regarding the experiences that our client suffered at the Stamford Bridge Beaumont home, with recent reports raising even more concerns that standards are not improving at the site.
“Families place great faith and trust in such facilities that their loved ones will always receive an adequate standard of care and support, so the issues which have been raised in this case are simply unacceptable.
“We are determined to ensure that our client is able to gain justice regarding what Doreen faced, as well as that steps will be taken to address the very clear issues which have been raised. Lessons must be learned.”
“This is a truly shocking incident in which a patient has been forced to battle very serious illness as a result of problems which could and should have been avoided during surgery.
“While we are delighted to have helped our client secure justice regarding her ordeal, our hope is that lessons can be learned from this incident so that no one else undergoing such a procedure either on the NHS or privately faces the same problems in the future.
“Patient safety should always be a fundamental priority and the failings seen in this case simply should not be repeated.”
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