I'm a Senior Associate in the Medical Negligence team based in the Manchester office. I joined the firm in September 2008 as a trainee solicitor, and on qualification felt that specialising solely in clinical negligence would combine elements of two professions, medical and legal, that I felt would make the best use of my skills.
I deal with a variety of claims, ranging from cancer delay and orthopaedic cases to stillbirth and brain injury.
As many of the cases I have dealt with understandably have some sort of psychiatric element to them, I have considerable experience of psychiatric claims.
What inspired you to get into law?
As a young student I was generally interested in "the law" and what that encompassed because it just seemed so vast. When you start to learn about it in detail you realise that the legal profession isn't just about "the law", it's about individual solicitors that evolve a specialist skill in one or two particular areas.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Without a doubt it has to be helping my clients get some sort of closure to what has happened to them. Whether that's obtaining compensation to help them get better from the injuries they've suffered or finally getting some answers about the treatment they received, it is all of huge importance to clients and I feel like we take a journey together to get those answers. Compensation is only ever part of the story for our clients.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
The fact that you won't find anyone here who isn't truly passionate about what they do and about their clients.
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