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Rachel FitzGerald



I'm a solicitor in the Product Liability team having trained and qualified into this area of practice in September 2015. 

We deal with group actions relating to defective products, including medical devices, as well as clinical negligence cases. 

Much of my work relates to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) claims for individuals who have developed CJD due to contaminated human growth hormone. I also deal with individual product liability claims, which often include clinical negligence issues. I also work on clinical negligence group actions arising from treatment provided by gynaecologist Mr Rod Irvine.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

Coming from a farming family I decided I wanted a career that didn’t involve the cold outdoors or early mornings. Some prowess on my school debating team and charity work lead me to consider working in legal services. And although it transpires that I haven’t avoided the early mornings, I find that the rewarding nature of my work makes the early starts worthwhile.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy building meaningful relationships with my clients as I assist them through an often challenging period in their lives. By getting to know my clients it becomes clear the huge impact a personal injury can have on both them and their families. The importance of achieving justice for our clients cannot be understated as a successful outcome can significantly improve their quality of life.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Being a large but very client focused full-service firm, Irwin Mitchell provides a privileged working environment where I have access to all the necessary resources to ensure the best outcome for our clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I'm a perpetual golf student who has yet to graduate from lessons onto the green. Beyond the driving range I am a rugby fan and enjoy taking my golden retriever, Oscar, for walks in the Yorkshire country side.

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