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Rachel Roach

Partner

Biography

I’m a partner in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds. I completed my training with Irwin Mitchell in 1992 and continued working as an associate.

Before becoming a partner in 2016, I spent three years’ as a defendant solicitor. This experience gives me tactical insight which I use to make successful claims for my clients.

Overall, I have 26 years’ experience in medical negligence. I specialise in claims involving children who suffer brain injuries at birth and adults with spinal cord injuries.

I was involved in the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) Inquiry and reached settlements for over 250 people. Lately, I’ve been involved in Human Growth Hormone claims.

As well as being a partner, I’m also a team leader in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds. I lead forums to share best practice and train and mentor junior solicitors.

In the wider personal injury department I’m also an early careers partner responsible for recruitment and mentoring trainees, apprentices, and newly qualified solicitors.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I’ve always been fascinated by law and medicine and I find the medical aspect of my work interesting. I studied law at university with the intention to teach. However, when I became a clinical negligence lawyer, I felt it was the perfect way to combine law and medicine.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

It’s rewarding to build lasting relationships with my clients during their journey through the claims process.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy family life in the country with my three (now grown-up) children. I spend my free time riding my horses, walking my dogs, and raising my small flock of free range chickens.

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