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I am a solicitor advocate in the Medical Negligence team in Sheffield and I've worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2011. I also supervise first year trainee solicitors who join our team in Sheffield.
I act exclusively for clients who have suffered an injury or deterioration in their health due to sub-standard care by hospitals, GPs and other healthcare providers. I have experience of dealing with a wide range of cases including negligent surgery, failures to diagnose and treat, injuries caused to mother and baby during birth, spinal injuries, fatal claims, delay in diagnosis of cancer and mental health claims.
I have a particular interest in cases where suicide and injuries arising from attempted suicide could have been avoided with appropriate care. I act for families whose loved one has died as a result of medical negligence and help families through the inquest process at the Coroner’s Court. I am also a solicitor advocate having passed the Higher Rights of Audience Qualification, which gives me the same rights as a barrister in court.
Charity and community work is also very important to me. I am a Trustee at Sheffield Mind, a charity that offers a range of services and support to people who have suffered from a mental health problem, enabling them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. I am also passionate about pro bono work and increasing access to legal advice. I take a lead role in the Sheffield’s Pro Bono Committee where we provide free legal advice and representation to individuals and community groups who can not pay and where public funding is not available.
My inspiration to study law came from Atticus Finch, a character in the book 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. Since studying the book I developed a keen interest in law and it's ability to change lives and give people access to justice.
I'm driven by helping and supporting my clients throughout the course of their case. I often meet people who are suffering and need answers to move on with their lives. I try my best to be as accessible as possible and I'm passionate about achieving the best result for all of my clients.
I work in a passionate and dedicated team who do their absolute best for their clients. This includes lawyers, client liaison managers and litigation assistants. I'm also proud to work for a company that support local charities to make a real difference to people's lives. Most of these charities have assisted my clients in the past so I know first-hand the amazing support they provide.
I enjoy keeping busy outside of work through supporting local charities, running, travelling and spending time with family and friends. I often lecture at Sheffield Hallam University on medical negligence and careers in law.
I'm a carer for my younger sister who has significant and lifelong disabilities. We enjoy exploring new places and particularly enjoy watching Disney films - I'm a very strong contestant when it comes to Disney related quizzes thanks to my sister!
"We are still very grateful to you and think of you very fondly – you are a credit to your profession and your organisation." David, former client.
"We would like to thank you all very much indeed for all your hard work over the past 5 years. It was your firm’s foresight and determination to proceed which brought about this outcome, and for that we are extremely grateful." William, former client.
"A fantastic service provided by Sinead Rollinson-Hayes and her team at Irwin Mitchell. At my first appointment with Sinead, she was very understanding of my situation and whilst showing care and compassion, she remained professional throughout. I received documents in a professional and timely manner, always with a thorough explanation of the current stage of my case and Sinead was always available via email or phone if I had any concerns or needed clarification on any issues. I would recommend Sinead and Irwin Mitchell to any individual who is looking to seek representation for something sensitive and personal. Thank you Sinead." Denise, former client.
"Irwin Mitchell were excellent. They helped my Mum (Marjorie) with her claim every step of the way. Nothing was too much trouble for them. My mum would like to especially thank Sinead Rollinson-Hayes who was always there at the end of the phone when she needed someone." relative of former client.
"We have found Irwin Mitchell to be friendly and efficient. Sinead Rollinson-Hayes is extremely helpful and understanding at this very difficult time." Shirley, client.
Solicitors Journal, 16 May 2017: 'Pro Bono vs Legal Aid'
The Justice Gap, January 2017: 'Review of Ongoing Cuts to Legal Aid'
“Through our work supporting families and with UK Sepsis Trust we sadly see the devastation that the condition can have.
“Leigh, Liz and the rest of Jessica’s family has shown great courage, dignity and determination in trying to come to terms with her death. While nothing can make up what has happened they are determined to raise awareness of the signs of sepsis and how important early detection is in saving lives.
“At Irwin Mitchell, we believe in building strong links within the communities in which we work and supporting good causes so when Jessica’s family told us about taking part in the Sheffield Half Marathon we were delighted to support them.
“We wish them all the best for the half marathon and hope they raise as much money as possible for such a worthwhile charity.”
“The judging panel was really impressed with all those who entered and had a really difficult task in choosing the winners.
“It was clear from the submissions that there is a great deal of talent within the next generation of lawyers, which as a company is something we are extremely keen on promoting.
“We look forward to welcoming Fox and Joshua on their placements and hope that the experience proves invaluable to them, helping to shape the formative stages of their legal careers.”
“Through our work we often see the devastating consequences that families can be left to face because of sepsis.
“The inquest and i-Heart Barnsley’s own investigation raised serious concerns about the care Jessica received and the need for all healthcare providers to recognise the warning signs of this terrible infection.
“We now call on i-Heart Barnsley to learn lessons from Jessica’s death and ensure the recommendations included in its own report to improve awareness and diagnosis of patients with sepsis is implemented. Awareness of the signs of sepsis and early detection are key to beating it.”
We’re really pleased to be holding our third annual pro clinic in a row at our Sheffield office as part of National Pro Bono Week and the new awareness campaign, Justice Week. Being able to offer this service to people and organisations who need it really is what both weeks are about. The clinics we’ve held in the past, and the ones we currently run on a monthly basis across the city have always received extremely encouraging and positive feedback from the people who have attended. It’s really important to us that we continue to provide people with access to free legal advice they so desperately need. I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated and passionate firm, where everyone on the Pro Bono Committee actively looks for ways to support those who need pro bono services.
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