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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.
“It is hugely worrying to see yet another disturbing abuse case of this nature emerge and it has concerning echoes of some of the major grooming cases which have come to light in recent years.
“However, it is vital that action related to this case does not stop with the conviction of the individuals involved. Every effort must be made to learn lessons from what occurred here and to ensure that any failings are simply not repeated again in the future.
“We would also urge anyone affected by similar problems or any other form of abuse to not suffer in silence and recognise that the authorities will treat your story and experiences with the utmost care and sensitivity.”
“This is a truly awful case and while it is welcome to see a conviction, it is clearly vital that lessons are learned from everything which occurred here.
“It is also a major concern that Jones was able to continue to work in education for such a long period of time and it is important that some consideration is given to how issues like this can be prevented in the future.
“The outcome of this case is also a reminder that abuse survivors simply do not have to suffer in silence and we would urge anyone affected by similar issues to seek support at the earliest opportunity.”
“Antony has shown immense bravery and courage in recent years to waive his right to anonymity and talk openly about everything he has faced.
“Antony has had to live the effects of what happened to him for many years. We are now helping Antony to access the specialist support he needs to try and put the abuse he had to experience behind him the best he can so he can focus on the future.
“As our efforts continue, he is desperate to reach out and reassure others affected by abuse that they do not need to live in silence.”
“Irwin Mitchell has always placed a great emphasis on supporting a range of causes across the UK and these charities carry out hugely important work to ensure that those affected by abuse can ultimately get the support they need to try and move forward with their lives.
“As soon as we heard about their plans to create an improved waiting area we were keen to lend a hand and we also hope that our free legal clinics will prove useful to those who use the service.
“Charities like CRASAC and CLEAR ensure that survivors of abuse do not suffer in silence and we are delighted to support their vital work.”
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