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I am a solicitor in the Birmingham Medical Negligence team.
I began working with Irwin Mitchell in 2012 and was fortunate to gain experience in a number of departments which offer personal legal services. Having spent four months in the Medical Negligence team, I was invited to return to the department in 2014 for the final 12 months of my training contract.
I act for clients in medical law cases in areas such as accident and emergency, cancer, cosmetic surgery, fatalities, misdiagnosis and surgery.
Prior to joining Irwin Mitchell, 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. Before joining Irwin Mitchell, I worked as an Information Governance Officer at Nottinghamshire Police and travelled across South America and Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Louise and Craig will never forget the tragic and traumatic events surrounding Myles’ birth. While nothing can ever make up for the loss of Myles we are happy that the Hospital Trust has admitted liability, allowing Louise and Craig to receive specialist support as they try to come to terms with their son’s death the best they can.
“From our experience of investigating maternity care on behalf of the families affected, many birth injuries, stillbirths and neonatal deaths are wholly avoidable. Tragically, Louise and Craig’s story is the latest example of this.
“It is vital that the Trust learns lessons from Myles’ death so other families don’t have to experience the same suffering as Louise and Craig.”
We were delighted to support the Birmingham Donor Centre recently. The service provides critical support to patients and hearing how many lives could be saved from our blood donations was truly inspiring. The response from my colleagues has been fantastic and the service now has lots of new donors.”
“It has been an incredibly difficult few years for Judith’s family and they remain devastated by her death, as well as the circumstances around it.
“While the inquest provided some answers, the family continued to hold concerns regarding whether more should have been done to prevent her death – and particularly if her surgery should have been postponed.
“Nothing will change what has happened, but we hope that this settlement is an important step towards helping them come to terms with their loss.”
“Judith’s family have been left absolutely devastated by her death. This is a very difficult time for them and whilst the inquest has provided some answers to the many questions they had, they remain concerned about the care she received shortly before she died.
“We will continue to work with the family as they come to terms with this tragedy, as well as investigate Judith’s death further to help them understand exactly what happened.”
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