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I am an Associate in the Medical Negligence and Child Abuse team in Birmingham. I have worked for Irwin Mitchell since 2010 when I started as a trainee.
I grew up in the West Midlands and studied law at Cardiff University before completing my Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Birmingham.
I act for clients in medical negligence cases against NHS Trusts, private practitioners and general practitioners (GPs). I run my own varied case load which includes fatalities, failures to diagnose serious conditions, negligent orthopaedic treatment/surgery, and negligent urological treatment/surgery.
I specialise in cases where suicide and injuries arising from attempted suicide could have been avoided with the appropriate care from mental health professionals. I am also able to help families through the Inquest process at the Coroner’s Court.
In addition to medical negligence cases, I also deal with cases where individuals have suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse by members of religious organisations and where social services have failed to remove children earlier from their natural homes.
The most rewarding aspect of my role comes at the beginning of a case when a client first learns that I may be able to assist them with a case going forward. Often our clients’ concerns have not been listened to by the professionals involved in their care and then again through the later complaint processes. This means that I am often the first person who has properly listened to their concerns.
Irwin Mitchell really cares about finding the answers for their clients and fortunately we have some of the most talented clinical negligence and child abuse lawyers in the country to ensure that this happens.
I am a keen singer and thespian, and have played many lead roles in a number of theatres across the West Midlands. I also enjoy playing the guitar, song-writing, and am an avid supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
“Many people in the local area will undoubtedly be concerned by this news and will want to know that steps are being taken to ensure that patient safety standards do not fall below the expected level.
“Sadly, through our work we have seen too many occasions when patients have been adversely affected by problems in the delivery of care.
“These figures are a major concern and there must be a significant improvement on the death rate for this year and beyond. Lessons have to be learned from this data.”
“The information which has emerged in relation to Aston Hall is clearly a major concern and while nothing can seemingly be done in terms of a criminal prosecution, it is vital at this stage that those affected by the alleged problems are able to access the help and support they require.
“Through our work, we have seen how instances of abuse often have a lasting impact on victims and everything possible should be done to ensure that people who faced issues at Aston Hall can work to try and come to terms with what they went through.
“This case is yet another sign of how there has been a real change in the handling of cases of abuse in recent times and it should serve as a reminder that people affected by such problems can rest assured that their concerns will always be carefully and thoroughly examined.”
The issues raised regarding this hospital at the moment are hugely concerning and it is vital that every effort is made to get to the bottom of the problems.
“The absolute fundamental priority has to be to ensure that patient safety and care does not fall below expected standards. Sadly, through our work across the country, we have seen on numerous occasions the devastating consequences such issues can have.
“People across the local community will be very worried by the issues which have been raised by the recent reports and steps need to be taken to reassure the public that the hospital is still able to provide the right level of service.”
“We see a lot of cases, like this one, throughout the country in our day to day work. The experiences of many of our clients have had a huge impact on the rest of their lives, with many struggling with the psychological effects of what they went through.
“What the guilty verdicts in this case show is that if you suffered abuse at school by a member of staff, then please do be brave and come forward because you will be believed and the authorities will take action.
“It can sometimes be the case that the pupil always sees themselves as the pupil and fears that the person in authority will be believed above them, but this is not the case."
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