I am a Solicitor in the Medical Law and Patients Rights Team based in Newcastle.
I qualified as a Registered Adult General Nurse in 1996. I worked mainly in the field of peri-operative practice and became an Orthopaedic Theatre Sister within the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 2003. I completed a BA Hons in Nursing Practice in 2006 and left nursing to work in the field of medical law at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in 2006.
Since 2006 I have worked within the Medical Law and Patient's Rights Team within the Newcastle Office and have gained experience in all aspects of medical law.
I completed the Graduate Diploma in Law in March 2014 attaining a Commendation. I secured a training contract with Irwin Mitchell LLP, which started in August 2014. I completed the LPC with Distinction at the University of Law in July 2016. I was awarded an upper class Bachelor of Laws LL.B in July 2016.
I qualified as a Solicitor on 1 September 2016 and have a wealth of experience in medical law. In particular, orthopaedics, general surgery, gynaecology, elderly care, still birth and nursing issues such as pressure sores. I have also assisted on a number of birth injury claims.
"My family and I recently used Irwin Mitchell in a Clinical Negligence Claim against a major NHS Trust. We were allocated one named solicitor who was our contact throughout. We received their direct contact details which definitely removed some of the stress when dealing with the case. Through all correspondence both verbal and written we were treated with respect and sensitivity which helped in our personal and often distressing case.
Our solicitor took into consideration that we were not familiar with medical or legal terminology and whilst remaining professional throughout allowed us to ask questions in a way that we could understand. We are extremely thankful to Irwin Mitchell and Michelle Thomson in particular for her patience, understanding and care during this time." -5* Trustpilot review
“Michelle was my Solicitor who supported me through a traumatic medical negligence case. From day one, she was professional and kind and I felt completely listened. She supported throughout and arranged things for me. She helped me more than she will ever realise in terms of my recovery…” J Fraser, client
“From my initial enquiry through to our current position Irwin Mitchell has handled our case with true compassion and extreme professionalism. Michelle has been fantastic from day one and kept us fully up to date with how the case is progressing…” - A Pooley
“…Michelle Thomson you were a real professional and very efficient, kept me informed, a true professional…” - K Short, client
Morecambe Bay health trust admits 2015 baby death failings - Lancaster Guardian, 2018
CARE HOME INQUEST: Elderly patients received ‘below standard care’ - York Press, 2017
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I decided that having been a nurse and a paralegal for a number of years that I wanted to consolidate my knowledge and merge my two careers into one to become a medical negligence Solicitor. I wanted to use my knowledge to help clients get back onto their road to recovery.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
The law is constantly changing and evolving and it’s a challenge to find solutions to clients problems. No day is ever the same and the most rewarding aspect of my role is helping clients to find resolutions to their problems and help them on their road to recovery.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell is a National and International law firm. It has the resources to manage even the largest cases, but still remains focused on clients and their individual needs.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
My hobbies include running, skiing, generally keeping fit and I am a member of North Shields Polytechnic Athletics Club.