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Tim Annett

Partner

Biography

I am a Partner in the Group Actions team, based in Sheffield. The team covers the whole of the UK and we deal with the full range of cases, from  lower value and more straightforward claims to complex multi-million pound claims.

My focus is on group actions, including claims arising from medical negligence, defective products including medical devices, consumer goods and vehicles. 

I helped to set up the team in 2013, and since that time have specialised in group actions with a particular emphasis on product liability.

I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2007 as part of the Medical Law and Patients’ Rights team, where I specialised in representing people who had been injured by medical negligence. I have specialised in medical law since qualification in 1998, and one of the highlights of my career was helping to represent the families of Harold Shipman's victims at the Shipman Inquiry. I am accredited by AVMA as a Clinical Negligence specialist, and by APIL as a Fatal Accidents specialist.

I have always had an interest in human rights and medical ethics, and I completed a Masters Degree in Health Care, Ethics & Law at the University of Manchester in 2006.

Testimonials

"A very knowledgeable lawyer who is brilliant on statistics" - Chambers & Partners, 2019

"Practical and thorough in his approach to cases’ - Legal 500, 2018/19

"Extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable and hard-working," "he is collaborative and easy to work with." - Chambers & Partners, 2018

Tim is an "unflappable" practitioner who is "able to see the wood for the trees in this complex field and willing to push novel points." "He is a good negotiator who is taken seriously by opponents." – Chambers & Partners, 2017

Tim is "intelligent, strategic and excellent with clients’" - Legal 500, 2017

"Demonstrates consistently excellent judgement" and is "extremely sensible and considered" – Legal 500, 2016

One client reports: "He was my rock from the very beginning and extraordinarily supportive throughout this whole process." – Chambers & Partners, 2014

 

Publications

  • 'Public Inquiries: an endangered species', Clinical Risk, Vol. 8, No. 5, 1 September 2002, pp. 199-202[4]
  • 'Child Welfare & Best Interests', APIL PI Focus, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 17 - 18
  • 'Balancing competing interests over frozen embryos; the judgment of Solomon?', Medical Law Review, 14, Autumn 2006, pp. 425-433

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I decided early on that I was either going to be a lawyer or a doctor, on the basis that both were difficult careers to get into, so I thought they were the best jobs!  I chose law as I wanted to have clients I could try to help with their problems.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The law is still evolving in the field of product liability, which makes it interesting and challenging. There is also the opportunity to help shape the development of a growing area of our practice, and helping to make people aware of their rights as consumers.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

We have the resources to manage even the largest cases, but we remain focused on our clients and their individual needs. My team is relatively small but punches well above its weight, and is already established as one of the leading product liability teams in the country.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I spend as much time with my family as possible as I have two young children who are growing up fast!

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 18/01/2019
    Lawyers Reveal Concerns Regarding Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Review Failings

    “We are already dealing with cases arising from failures to recall patients with metal-on-metal hips, with such issues often leading those affected to suffer serious harm. As such, a review of this kind raises concerns that this is a more widespread problem than people might imagine. “Both the NHS and private healthcare providers have clear responsibilities when it comes to monitoring patients with metal-on-metal implants and it is absolutely vital that they meet these. “The safety of patients must always come first and it is absolutely vital that lessons are learned from issues like this so that the same problems are never seen again in the future.”

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  • 14/11/2018
    Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Maternity Review: Calls For Thorough Investigation Into All 215 Complaints

    “There was already a great deal of concern about the number of people who had come forward with complaints about the care they received from the Trust, so today’s latest development is likely to add to that concern “Through our work we often see the heartbreak that families can be left to face following failings in care so it is vital that each of the 215 complaints is thoroughly investigated. “It is also important that, if during the course of the investigation any areas where patient care can be improved are identified, appropriate measures are put in place.”

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  • 11/09/2018
    ‘Thorough Investigation Vital’ Following Concerns Regarding Shrewsbury And Telford Hospitals Trust

    “The reports regarding Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust are deeply concerning and it is vital that all of the cases are both quickly and thoroughly investigated. “Problems of this nature are very troubling and will have undoubtedly caused concern among the local community. It is of paramount importance that reassurances are provided that any issues which have been seen in the past will not be repeated in the future. “Patient safety should always be the priority for the NHS and it is vital that swift answers are provided regarding the issues which have been identified.”

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  • 16/06/2017
    Grenfell Tower Fire Investigations ‘Must Provide Full And Thorough Answers’

    “The whole country has been deeply shocked by the events in Kensington on Wednesday and our thoughts are with all of those affected by the fire. “The fundamental priority at the moment has to be the continuing searches and locating and identifying those who remain missing following the incident. “There are also a huge number of questions raised as to how the fire was started, how it spread so quickly and how so many victims perished or were left with serious injuries. “This devastating incident has had huge consequences for the entire community. All of those affected deserve to know just why the fire happened and spread in the manner it did. Those people affected will need expert help and support through this process. “The upcoming Public Inquiry must work promptly and thoroughly to provide victims and their families with all of the information that they need and deserve. At the same time it is essential that lessons are learned and appropriate steps are taken to avoid a tragedy of this kind occurring in the future.”

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