I am a Partner in the Clinical Negligence team, based in our Manchester 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.
"Margaret Ryan has “human touch” with a well pitched sense of humour whilst always retaining professionalism. She is extremely understanding of the different pressures faced by clients, is always accessible, honest, thorough and responsive." - Legal 500, 2023
“Margaret Ryan is a very strong performer in negotiating, who can take on forceful lawyers and ensure she will not be brow-beaten.” - Legal 500 2022 (Rising Star)
"Thanks to Margaret Ryan and Ruth Thomas for all their help in settling my claim. They were highly professional, understanding and patient. Many Thanks" - 5* Trustpilot Review
"I cannot recommend Margaret Ryan highly enough. She is extremely professional, supportive, courteous, compassionate, patient, and helpful. Above all she is amazing at her job…" - Dominique Hare, client - read full 5* Trustpilot review
"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
"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
“Amazing, caring and supportive staff Margaret Ryan, Vicki turner and Jamie Mcloy exceptional people very professional and have shown great empathy towards myself and family who have had to experience such trauma and loss.” 5* Trustpilot review.
“The firm were there for me every step of the way, they attended the inquest with me and helped support me with any issues I had. They have helped me to obtain some justice for the lack of adequate care received from the GP surgery. I am thankful for the firm's support and expert knowledge because they made an awfully traumatic time, slightly more bearable due to their constant support throughout the whole process.” - 5 * Trustpilot review
"My GP Negligence case was an extremely difficult case to manage and lasted over six years. Irwin Mitchell were outstanding in the way the case was managed and the outcome that was ultimately achieved. Margaret Ryan is an excellent solicitor with a vast amount of experience and I was very grateful to be represented by such a competent and experienced solicitor. Margaret is very hardworking and always responded to my questions promptly and was happy to explain in detail the legal process, updating me as circumstances changed. She regularly informed of what was happening behind the scenes and offered very helpful advice when difficult decisions had to be made. It was an extremely emotional case and at all times Margaret and Jamie were very understanding and empathetic. This really helped me through the difficult stages of the case." - 5* Trustpilot review
"The team that I had contact with consisted of Margaret Ryan, Jamie McCloy, Vicki Turner, Rebecca Dawson, Ruth Thomas and Claire Steward. All showed exemplary professionalism throughout the negligence claim. Recently an agreement was made to our satisfaction. I would like to end by stating that I could not have achieved the result we got without the support of the aforementioned colleagues from Irwin Mitchell. I would recommend anyone who feels they have been let down by the NHS, as I was, to make contact to get the professional support they need. Many thanks to all." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Margaret Ryan has “human touch” with a well pitched sense of humour whilst always retaining professionalism. She is extremely understanding of the different pressures faced by clients, is always accessible, honest, thorough and responsive." - Legal 500 review
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
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.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
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.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
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.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
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!