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I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence and Child Abuse teams based in Birmingham.
I specialise in a range of medical law work including cases against hospitals, GPs and other health professionals. I also represent clients with cases involving negligent surgery and treatment, failures to diagnose serious medical conditions and fatalities.
In addition to medical negligence work, I also deal with child abuse cases. I represent individuals who have experienced sexual/physical abuse and neglect. I support these clients in bringing claims against local authorities, schools and other organisations.
I have worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2010 and previously worked in the International Personal Injury team dealing with both single and group claims against UK based tour operators, including the infamous Costa Concordia case.
I have a strong sense of justice and have always been keen to help the vulnerable or disadvantaged members of our society, and those who have been wronged. From an early age I wanted to pursue a career in law because I recognised that it would enable me to take positive action to help those who have suffered, whilst also providing a challenging and evolving profession which would constantly keep me engaged. A series of work experience roles confirmed my choice and Irwin Mitchell was the firm which seemed to match my own desire to help people, which is why I chose to work here.
The most rewarding aspect of my role is securing settlements for my clients which they can then use to better their lives. It is incredibly fulfilling to be a part of a process which helps to bring closure for clients who have often suffered from significant mental or physical abuse or neglect.
Working at Irwin Mitchell means that I have access to complex and varied cases as well as the opportunity to work alongside some of the most skilled litigators in their respective areas. The firm shares my commitment to help the more vulnerable in society, which makes it a great place to work.
I enjoy travelling and spending time with my family.
“More than 40 years after Thompson committed his crimes justice has finally caught up with him because of the man’s bravery in reporting the abuse to police.
“This case highlights that no matter how long ago something may have taken place, those who have been subjected to historic abuse need to report what happened to police and make abusers accountable for their actions.
“Cases of historical abuse by people in a position of trust are sadly not uncommon. At Irwin Mitchell we often see first-hand the impact that such crimes can have on people and the professional support they require to help them rebuild their lives.”
“The first-hand accounts we have heard from our clients are heartbreaking, and their bravery at coming forward is commendable.
“A GP is a position of trust, however in our work we have sadly seen times where a person’s doctor has abused their position and that person has then suffered in silence. We encourage anyone who has survived abuse to speak out and to not suffer in silence.
“We will work with our clients to support them and ensure their voices are heard.”
This shocking case highlights the dangers children face at the hands of those intent on using the internet or social media messaging services to groom their targets. Sadly it is often people in positions of power who become abusers and the people they target often feel powerless to prevent it.
“Educating people, and particularly vulnerable children, on how to stay safe online and the dangers to be aware of is vitally important. It’s also crucial that any survivors of abuse get the specialist help and support they need to overcome the trauma of what happened as it can often be life-changing.
“We call on social media companies to take note of this case and learn lessons from it to help reduce such cases of abuse in the future by adopting stricter policies.”
“The terrible ordeal that our client endured has affected him for his entire life and is reminiscent of so many recent cases, with many people only having the courage to come forward and speak out about what they have faced many years after it happened.
“While his abuser has been imprisoned, we are now working to compensate Mr Blanchard for the huge impact the abuse has had on him.
“Roy has shown courage and dignity in the face of everything that he has been through, both across his life and in recent years, and we are determined to help him get the justice he deserves.”
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