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I am a solicitor in the Medical Product Liability and Medical Negligence team.
My team and I deal with national and international group actions in relation to defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals or sub-standard medical treatment.
I provide advice and pursue legal actions for the recovery of compensation for victims of defective medical products; I do not represent the manufacturers.
I have been involved in this sort of work since I qualified as a solicitor in 2008.
I tend to represent individuals, or groups of individuals, pursuing claims against multi-national pharmaceutical companies. Where harm has been done, I find it very satisfying to play my part in holding big business to account, and hopefully reducing the risk of the same harm happening again in the future.
Irwin Mitchell is one of the few firms in the UK with the expertise and resources to deal with the kind of case that I work on. From a professional point of view, I feel privileged to be working on the kind of technically challenging cases we are presented with.
I am lucky enough to live on the edge of the Peak District, so I like to get out there for a walk or a bike ride as often as I can. I play golf every now and then and try to read when I can.
“This is a significant investigation which asks important questions about the medical device market and the way it is regulated across the globe.
“The ICIJ conclude, and we agree that the system for testing and approving medical devices is currently inadequate. The requirement for clinical trials of new devices is very much less stringent than that for pharmaceuticals which simply doesn’t make sense for complex implantable devices like prosthetic joints or pacemakers. These devices have the potential to cause serious harm or death in the event of failure, and should be subject to far more extensive testing before they are released for use.
“At Irwin Mitchell we have been saying for some time that the CE mark system involves a fundamental conflict of interest, in which the business of the ‘notified bodies’ designated to provide marketing approval for medical devices depends upon provision of approval at the best price. Effectively, these notified bodies compete with each other to award approval to manufacturers. A stronger and safer system would see an independent body put in place to manage the suitability and safety of medical devices.
"The ICIJ should be applauded for their work on this subject, and for their contribution to making medical devices safer for all of us."
“The problem appears to be that the ‘MV sensor’ is oversensitive, which leads to malfunction of the device and associated morbidity.
“Boston Scientific is working on a software fix, which is expected to be available in October 2018. In the meantime, the advice to clinicians is to switch off the MV sensor, which can create physiological problems in itself, as the activity of the pacemaker is altered.
“The recall notice states that 32,500 individuals in the UK are affected, and there have been 8 deaths or serious injuries to date. This is a very serious issue and it is important that it is properly investigated as soon as possible to ensure patient safety for all of those affected.
“We are now working with our client to ensure they get the help and support they need as we investigate the problems they have reported.”
“The information leak by Islington Council was a significant and far reaching failure. Custodians of personal data have a duty under the Data Protection Act 1998 to keep that information confidential.
“The ICO has acted correctly and responsibly in imposing a £56,000 fine for this breach.
“It is also possible that the price Islington Council pay will be greater than the fine as individuals affected by the breach may have a right to damages for their distress arising from the breach and a related right of action in ‘misuse of private information’.
“The right to recover damages for distress following data breaches is a fairly new development, which was only fully established following the 2015 cases of Vidal Hall v Google and TLT and others v Secretary of State.
“Whilst the Information Commissioner is responsible to impose fines on those responsible for breaches, it has no power to award damages to individuals for distress. Those cases must be pursued in through the Courts.”
“Decisions to recall products, are not taken lightly and anyone who owns a Beko dryer with a recalled serial number should cease using it and contact the manufacturer as soon as possible.
“We’ve seen first-hand the devastating injuries that can be caused by defective products and they can be life-changing for families so it is imperative that safety investigations identify how this fault got through the testing process.
“Product recalls protect consumers from risks by removing potentially dangerous products from the domestic environment. It is good news that Beko has identified safety risks and is taking steps to protect consumers. This is an important issue that cannot be overlooked “
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