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I am a Consultant in the Personal Injury department, with particular experience of group litigation on behalf of claimants including cases involving child abuse, defective products and medical negligence.
I have been involved in some of the most important and high profile group action cases, including:
I was also involved in claims arising from the ‘Marchioness’ disaster, including the judicial review proceedings resulting in the resumption of the inquest and representation of victims and families at the Marchioness public enquiry and non-statutory enquiry.
"Absolutely excellent… very bright" - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"An excellent solicitor’ who is ‘not afraid to challenge the established way of doing things when this is in her clients’ interests.’" - Legal 500, 2018/19
"She really understands strategy - the importance of where you direct your resources and what to focus on. She is an excellent tactician." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"She is absolutely brilliant", "she has her head screwed on and is up to speed with everything." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Demonstrates consistent excellent judgement" - Legal 500 2016
"Many patients, including our clients, have had a number of concerns about whether procedures they underwent were appropriate.
“Today’s announcement by North Bristol NHS Trust is extremely concerning and understandably has caused a great deal of distress to our clients. The Trust should now openly publish its findings to the patients concerned – rather than force them to get to the truth only through a stressful litigation process.
“It is welcome that the Trust has now made public that 57 needlessly underwent surgery. It is vital that reasons why this was allowed to happen are established.”
Many patients, including our clients, are understandably concerned about whether procedures they underwent at Southmead Hospital and Spire Hospital were appropriate, and whether they were carried out to the required standard.
“We welcome the news that both hospitals are taking action to try and help reassure those affected. We would also urge the hospitals to provide any remedial treatment at the earliest opportunity.
“From speaking to clients and through our initial investigations the use of mesh in surgery potentially has long term adverse consequences, so it is imperative the issues are investigated and a clear protocol established so patient safety is at the forefront at all times.
“It is also vital that those who think that they might have been affected by this issue come forward so that the hospitals can fully investigate these concerns.”
For almost half a million women to be let down by the NHS over such a lengthy period is extremely worrying to say the least. It is now vital that a full and thorough investigation is held to determine why this happened and how a repeat of such a failure is not repeated.
“It is also important that women who feel they may have been affected come forward, allowing the NHS to fully establish the extent to which people’s health has been put at risk, and so they can receive specialist support that they may require.”
“Today’s news is absolutely unacceptable. This isn’t a one off incident, it is a systemic failure; almost half a million women are affected by this news and require urgent follow up and reassurance. The NHS ought to have suitable backup checks in place to identify this type of problem quickly and deal with it efficiently.
“It leaves us asking many questions, but the main one is why was this not picked up sooner? The invites stopped being sent almost ten years ago in 2009.
“Cancer needs to be treated as soon as possible, and the fact that some women will have had serious delays to their diagnosis is very troubling.
“The sombre fact is that the implications of this are potentially fatal for some women.”
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