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I am a Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team, based in our Leeds office.
I have a varied caseload including claims against hospital trusts, general practitioners and private practitioners.
I have experience in running a broad range of medical negligence claims including delays in diagnosis, surgical errors, amputations, cerebral palsy and other birth related injuries.
I studied law at Leicester University and completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, York. I qualified as a Solicitor in January 2009 after completing my training contract at a York based firm. I moved to Leeds in January 2012 to work for a niche medical negligence firm before joining Irwin Mitchell in November 2014.
Together with West Yorkshire Disability Sports and Boccia England, I helped to set up Leeds Boccia club for people of all ages with varying abilities and disabilities. Find out more by downloading our leaflet (PDF)
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.
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.
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.
When not spending time renovating an old cottage or reviving its gardens, I enjoy the outdoors. I love long leisurely walks in the countryside or for more excitement, snowboarding.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, in particular if there is a BBQ thrown in.
Travel is another passion of mine, in particular the more unusual destinations. I have spent six months travelling East Africa where I worked for volunteering programs, building houses and teaching English.
“We see first-hand just how important awareness of mental health is, both awareness from the individual and those who care for them.
“Unfortunately, we have acted for those who have lost a loved one due to them being let down when they went to seek help.
“The stress and pressure on the NHS is well-known, and those who work in it do a fantastic job helping those in need. Like all industries though, there are areas where room for improvement exists. Mental health is one of these areas.”
“What Richard and the rest of the family have gone through is heart-breaking and the issues highlighted by the Trust’s own internal investigation are concerning.
“Andrew was a vulnerable person, who went to seek help from those we put our faith in to give us that help. Unfortunately, he was deemed to be in a position where the help was not urgently needed.
“The Trust’s report into Andrew’s death identified six recommendations to be implemented to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again. We implore the Trust to ensure these recommendations are implemented fully and that the lessons are fully learned to prevent another family suffering the way that Richard and his family has.”
“To compete in our first National Boccia League fixtures is a giant step forward for the IM Leeds Boccia Club. Lauren and I are proud to support the club but it wouldn’t have been the success it is without the players and the coaching from Kevin Barraclough, a parent volunteer.
“At Irwin Mitchell, we are proud to support disabled people who want to be involved in sport and it is great to see an inclusive sport like Boccia, being recognised and participated in.
“Lauren and I are proud to have built on the success of IM Leeds Boccia. Locally we run sessions at Pinderfields Spinal Injuries Unit to assist patients’ rehabilitation as well as running taster sessions for various special schools and charities.”
“We look forward to competing in many more fixtures and, more importantly, helping people embrace sport and to look to the future after they have suffered serious injury or disability.”
“It was absolutely fantastic to be involved in the West Yorkshire Panathlon again. It was great to see all the children taking part and enjoying themselves.
“In our work we see the positive impact events such as these have on those who live with disabilities. In the short time we’ve been running the boccia club in Leeds we’ve introduced lots of people to the game and it was enjoyable to put our refereeing skills into action at the Panathlon.
“The organisation works extremely hard to support disabled children who want to be involved in sport and we were delighted to be able to offer our sponsorship and support, particularly as we know how important events like this are for young people.”
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