I am a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team, based in our Leeds office. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and have worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2014.
I'm accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as both a Senior Litigator and Clinical Negligence Specialist.
I help people who've been affected by a wide range of issues, including:
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Delays in diagnosis
- Mental health negligence including failure to prevent suicide and secondary victim claims for psychiatric injuries.
I act exclusively for patients in claims against doctors and hospitals, both NHS and private. I act for patients as individuals or as part of group actions.
Recent highlights include:
- Securing over £15 million for a child who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy caused by complications at birth
- Running a group action of claims for 25 former patients against Mr Walsh, former orthopaedic surgeon at Spire and Nuffield Hospitals in Leeds
- Continuing to establish a niche in complex mental health matters and actively promote patient safety through litigation in this field. I've recently supported a client’s campaign for standardised suicide risk assessment tools across the NHS to try and reduce suicide deaths. My work for this client was praised at a House of Commons debate on this topic which I was invited to attend
Together with West Yorkshire Disability Sports and Boccia England, I co-founded a disability sports club in Leeds in 2015 where I also coach Boccia. Nationally, I lead Irwin Mitchell’s national partnership with Boccia England and co-ordinate Boccia activity across Irwin Mitchell’s offices - read more about Boccia or watch a short video
"I would like to say a big thank you to Samuel Hill for being an fantastic Solicitor and legal advisor and understanding my mum's case and her culture and being very supportive throughout the service. Excellent communication through out the case with amazing admin staff. Would defo recommend to others as it’s very important to have a Solicitor who understand you and your concerns and addresses them with empathy. Once again thank you" - 5* Trustpilot review
"Samuel Hill and Victoria Moss dealt with my case professionally and made things easy to understand . I am very happy with all the work that they have done." - James Steward, 5* Trustpilot review
"I received excellent, professional and comprehensive service from the first phone call through to the successful conclusion of my claim... Both Sam and Victoria listened to my complaints then explained in detail what I could expect, the timing of the claim, and the various payment methods.... Either Samuel or Victoria were always available via email or phone and always answered my questions etc in full...
"During some media interviews I undertook, both Sam and Victoria offered their full support with Sam visiting my home to offer further reassurance.... I am grateful for their kind and professional assistance throughout. I would highly recommend Irwin Mitchell, Samuel Hill and Victoria Moss" - Phil Stevens, 5* Trustpilot review
"[Sam] has been, and continues to be, extremely supportive, professional & informative. He has always kept myself & my family involved & up to date with Isaac’s claim.
"We found him to be efficient, reliable and conscientious. We take a view that Samuel really does “care” and is super committed to his Clients & their families. He has strong, clear communication skills and always maintained a sensitive & empathetic approach to all matters of our claim.
"We continually trusted Samuel & his whole team, they were always there to support and guide us through the most horrific ten years of our lives. It is thanks to Samuel’s skills, knowledge and expertise that we settled our claim with the best possible outcome for our son, and for this we will be eternally grateful." - Lizzie Redgrave, client
"fantastic job from start to finish, excellent service and support through a very difficult time for our family" - Agnes Barnett, 5* Trustpilot review
"We had the pleasure of working Samuel Hill while he was fighting our case. We lost our daughter through medical neglect and he did his up most best to fight our corner and make us feel valuable. He knew our case and it’s contents were of a very sensitive nature and always took our feelings into consideration and he endeavoured to serve is a friendly and professional manner. We would definitely recommend Samuel Hill from Irwin Mitchell if anyone were to need legal advice." -
Sharron McLeod, former client
"I first approached Irwin Mitchell almost two and a half years ago to see if they would act for me in a proposed claim for breach of duty against an NHS Trust . . . It was important to me that I could have a close working relationship with Samuel [Hill] and it was clear from day one this was going to be the case. I could see that Samuel cared about my claim almost as much as I did . . . Samuel always acted both professionally and with sympathy and understanding . . . I am pleased to say that we were . . . successful and I will be forever grateful to Samuel and Irwin Mitchell." - Richard, former client
"My solicitor Samuel Hill . . . was very proficient in his work and very methodical. [He] continued to treat me as an individual, understood and listened to my thoughts in matters yet gently guided me in the right direction I would have no hesitation in using Samuel again via Irwin Mitchell. Thank you. your guidance and understanding was ten fold." - Janet, former client
"Fantastic. I contacted Irwin Mitchel, they put me through to Sam Hill and his team. They were compassionate [and] understanding . . . I would recommend them every day of the week and twice on a Sunday. If you feel that you have been let down by a medical professional don't let them simply say "sorry wont happen again" speak to Sam Hill and the Team at Irwin Mitchel." - John, former client
"I could easily recommend Irwin Mitchell for legal help. The process although long was made easier by my solicitor keeping me informed, and reassuring me when I was becoming disheartened. They didn't just treat me as a client but as an individual." - Janet, former client
"I cannot praise Samuel Hill and Lauren Bullock of Irwin Mitchell highly enough for all their help and dedication in coming to a successful conclusion of my medical negligence claim for delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma. They always dealt with me in a sympathetic and compassionate manner whilst remaining professional throughout. They always kept me informed of progress, gave me sound and honest advice and took the time to listen to me . . . I always felt that they cared about me as an individual rather than one of many. I have no hesitation in recommending Irwin Mitchell." - Margaret, former client
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
From a very young age I laboured on a farm at weekends and in school holidays and had a love for agriculture. I originally intended on becoming a solicitor specialising in Agricultural Law with a view to saving enough and eventually being able to afford my own small holding.
During my training I was fortunate enough to spend time working in a specialist medical negligence and catastrophic injury team. I was immediately hooked by this area of law and have never looked back.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I get to work on a daily basis with clients from all walks of life, who are often in completely different situations. One day I can be working for a child who has suffered a serious brain injury and on another I can be supporting a client who has lost a loved one.
At first contact my clients and their families are all often at an all time low both emotionally and physically. I am able to work with my clients through a journey of finding answers and obtaining apologies. With the assistance of experts, I am able to implement packages of support, care and therapy, often at the very early stages. Accompanied with the use of assistive technology, I am able to see on-going improvement for my clients with my ultimate aim being to make their lives as easy, enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Working at Irwin Mitchell gives me the opportunity to work for the number one law firm for medical negligence, as ranked by Legal 500. I get to work alongside some of, if not the best and most experienced medical negligence solicitors in the country.
There is a real “can do attitude” with a focus on identifying clients' wishes and needs at an early stage and wherever possible exceeding their expectations.
Irwin Mitchell is committed to supporting charities and encourages all of it’s staff to get involved with both local and national charities. If you have an idea that may help those less abled, Irwin Mitchell will provide the time and assistance in order to enable you deliver whatever your idea may be.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Young children occupy most of the time. The recent shift to home working has provided positives of being able to spend more time with the family and the ability to help the kids look after some challenging pets from lambs in the spring, pigs in the summer and turkeys in the autumn and winter.