I am a Senior Associate Solicitor based in the Medical Negligence team in London, representing individuals and their families who have suffered injury as a result of a medical accident. I have a specialist interest in the following areas:
- Children who have suffered injuries at birth - with particular expertise in cerebral palsy caused by HIE, hyperglycemia and hyperbilirubinemia (kernicterus);
- Adult and child brain injury
- Spinal Cases - with particular expertise in spinal tumours and cauda equina syndrome;
- Meningitis and Encephalitis
- Delay in the diagnosis of cancer;
- Fatal cases - with particular expertise in maternal death cases;
I qualified as a solicitor in 2010, joining Irwin Mitchell in November 2014. I initially trained to be a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in September 2008. In August 2008 I joined Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors where I undertook the cross qualification training. I am APIL Accredited Senior Litigator and Clinical Negligence Specialist and on the Clinical Negligence AVMA Panel.
I manage my own varied caseload which includes representing clients who have suffered major spinal cord injury and brain damage through substandard medical treatment. I have experience with representation of families at inquests where death is suspected to have occurred due to neglect.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
Being able to help injured people obtain the compensation they deserve to help them rebuild their lives and put in place much needed rehabilitation.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Irwin Mitchell is one of, if not the leading, medical negligence firms in the country. To be able to work with an extensive team with vast experience means we can offer our clients the best possible service. This ensures injured people get the rehabilitation they need and obtain the compensation they deserve.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell is able to offer its clients the full range of legal services under one roof, including access to a Client Liaison Manager, Court of Protection team, assistance with education and public law and access to a full business legal service team. This means I can give my clients the very best legal advice, helping them throughout their legal claim and beyond.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Away from the office, I love to travel and experience new cultures. Being a father of three I spend as much time at home with my daughters.
MRR v Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The claimant suffers from severe cerebral palsy as a result of the mismanagement of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) following her birth. She will remain dependent on carers for the rest of her life for all activities of daily living. Several large interim payments were obtained before the case had concluded to fund a care package, case manager and to enable the claimant to move to more suitable accommodation. The Court approved a final settlement reached between the parties out of Court which had a seven figure lump sum plus six figure yearly periodical payment.
RH v Barts Health NHS Trust
I achieved a capitalised award of 4.8 million for a spinal injured client who suffered paralysis as a result of a failure to diagnose and treat a spinal tumour. At the point of instruction the Claimant had missed the limitation period to bring a claim.
XX v Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust
I recovered £800,000 for a Claimant who suffered a severe Cauda Equina Injury which was missed following attendance at A&E on two occasions. As a result of the delay in treatment the Claimant suffered dysaesthetic/causalgic leg pain and dysfunction with her bladder and bowels.
DC v Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
I achieved a capitalised award of 1.9 million for a brain injured adult who suffered life changing injuries following failures to monitor the Claimant’s blood levels whilst on Warfarin after major brain surgery. Test results were obtained which showed the Claimant was dangerously over coagulated but no action was taken for over two hours, and when action was taken it was inadequate. Damages were obtained to put in place a care package, suitable accommodation along with funds to continue with his rehabilitation.
JL v Medway NHS foundation Trust
An award of over 2.9 million was recovered for a brain injured adult who suffered life changing injuries as a result of hyponatremia and hypokalemia following mismanagement of her sodium levels.
PW v unspecified
I worked with Rebecca Cherry to secure a seven figure settlement for a seriously disabled adult who suffered debilitating pressure sores whilst recovering from a road traffic accident. It was the highest documented settlement for a pressure sore injury. A seven figures settlement was achieved.
AB (Deceased) v Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Legal representation was provided to the family at the inquest into the death of AB following the birth of her daughter. The Coroner found two findings of neglect in the care that she received. The settlement achieved was one of the largest reported claims for loss of service dependency. The Claim settled for £735,000.
CE v various GP’s
I recovered £215,000 for a father of three who was failed by his GPs. Despite numerous attendances he was not referred for further investigation which would have led to a diagnosis of cancer. Due to the delay he developed secondary metastasis and his condition was terminal.
CD v unspecified
I secured £275,000 in compensation for a client who was administered a spinal anaesthetic directly into her spinal cord whilst already under a general anaesthetic, leaving her with permanent nerve damage and unable to return to full time work.
MP (Deceased) v Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 2012
I secured £125,000 for the family of the deceased, who died after a severe reaction to penicillin given during surgery. The case led to full internal review of Trust policy for monitoring patients with known allergies.