I am an associate in the Birmingham Medical Negligence team, having worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2013.
I act for clients in medical law cases in areas such as accident and emergency, cancer, birth injury, spinal injuries, fatalities, misdiagnosis and surgery. I am known for my tactical approach to cases and the fantastic results I've achieved. I've completed training provided by Mental Health First Aid England to become a Healthy Mind Advocate.
Prior to joining the firm, I studied Law at the University of Birmingham and graduated in 2011. I then studied the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law and graduated with a Distinction in 2012. I then worked as an Information Governance Officer at Nottinghamshire Police and travelled across South America and Australia.
What inspired you to get into law?
Throughout my earlier academic studies I was always interested in high profile legal cases in the media. I wanted to go to university and study a degree that would provide me with usable skills and a long-standing career. Working in law requires both a business and academic approach to working. The law is continually changing and needs flexibility to adapt to new ways of working. I believed I had the foundation to build a legal career upon and that’s why I studied law and approached Irwin Mitchell.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Medical law clients approach Irwin Mitchell in a variety of devastating circumstances. Their lives have been turned upside down and many are looking for a way to get themselves back on track. Witnessing how far the litigation process can go towards improving their quality of life is hugely rewarding and I feel privileged to be involved with this process.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I am constantly learning and that is something I have always looked for in a job. I work in a highly skilled team who provide an exceptional level of client service. There is a commitment to be innovative and at the forefront of the practice area which means we are the best at what we do. The firm supports charities and provides pro-bono services and I enjoy participating in a wide range of fundraising activities.
What do you do away from the office?
I spend the majority of my time with my young family, but when I do have some spare time I play lots of sport including football in the Birmingham Amateur Football Association. I am an avid Liverpool FC fan and enjoy watching games whenever I can. I am a big food enthusiast and enjoy eating out at new restaurants. I enjoy going to music festivals and holidays off the beaten track.
"Mark showed great compassion, support, and was very considerate. We couldn't have done it without him." - 5* Trustpilot review
"From the outright Mark was very professional, informative, and provided us with regular updates of our case. Mark was very thorough and was straight to the point which we appreciated, but also very personal. Due to the sensitivity of the case he showed great compassion, support, and was very considerate especially when speaking about the medical terminology of the case which in some instances can be quite brutal, he always ensured we understood what was being said and what certain terminology meant. He guided us through each process of the case with ease, and we felt total trust and confidence in Mark from the minute he took on the case. Overall, our experience with Irwin Mitchell was excellent especially Mark Cawley for his outstanding work, which in itself is a credit to him and the organisation, we cannot thank him enough for all the time, effort, and all the hard work he has put into our case." - 5* Trustpilot review
"He's both very empathetic with the client while able to analyse the evidence forensically to identify the good and bad points in the claim. Strategically he is very strong. In a recent case he has boxed the defendant into a corner so that they have had to concede both liability and causation shortly before trial. I consider that Mark is already an accomplished litigator and an asset to his team." - Adam Weitzman QC
"I've been very impressed by his client skills in explaining difficult matters to the clients and gaining their trust. He is organised and efficient. He has a good understanding of complex medical matters and accurately identifies the relevant issues in any case. With the Defendants he is tenacious but polite. I would highly recommend him." - Jonathan Jones QC