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Tom Riis-Bristow



I am an Associate in Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham office, specialising in a range of medical negligence claims. I've worked within the team since 2008.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and I have a wide range of experience in assisting clients who have suffered injuries or who have sadly lost loved ones as a result of avoidable errors in their medical treatment received on the NHS or privately.

I have particular expertise in dealing with fatal claims, and have assisted several families with the Inquest process. I am currently responsible for a varied caseload of complex clinical negligence claims. I have a wealth of experience dealing with general surgery claims, including; bile duct injures following gallbladder surgery, delay in diagnosis of appendicitis leading to rupture and bowel damage caused during surgery.

Medical negligence claims can often be very high profile and clients often wish to share their stories with the press to raise awareness. I have provided legal comment to the BBC, ITV, Sky TV, Channel 5 news teams and also to local and national newspapers. It is of great importance to me that clients feel their stories are heard to help ensure that errors in medical care are not repeated.

Client Testimonials

"Thank you so much for all your help with this claim. Words cannot really say how extremely grateful and thankful I am for all the work that you have done on our behalf. I know that my mum is overwhelmed with the support you have given her and I will say on her behalf, thank you for being our champion."

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I have always been fascinated by the way in which the law underpins everything we do and is designed to protect our rights. Following my pre-and post-graduate studies, I wanted to work within medical law to ensure clients who have often suffered life changing injuries get the justice they deserve.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I find great satisfaction in helping clients who have suffered injuries or have lost a loved one make sense of what is often a very complex and traumatic experience. I am driven by helping clients move forward with their lives as best possible and ensuring they obtain the rehabilitation they require.

I find it very rewarding when clients are satisfied that they have completed the legal process and are able to move forward knowing they have obtained justice. 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I have been lucky enough to have worked the entirety of my formal legal career at Irwin Mitchell, from being a legal assistant to becoming a qualified solicitor. I feel that the firm represents all of the core values that are important to me. The level of knowledge and expertise we offer makes me feel secure that our clients are receiving the very best legal advice and overall service.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am a keen road cyclist and can be found most weekends out on a long ride. I also enjoy spending time with family and cooking is a great passion of mine. I also enjoy entering charity challenge events and charity work generally.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 24/03/2015
    Expert Lawyers Investigate ‘Catalogue Of Errors’ Made By NHS Trust After Mother-Of-Two Died

    This is a truly tragic case – Denise was the sole carer for her husband who is wheelchair dependent. Although Denise had a history of depression, this was previously well managed. When her condition deteriorated suddenly, her family reached out to her GP to try and get Denise the help and support she needed as she was unable to care for herself and becoming physically unwell. When she was admitted to the Mental Health Unit in Suffolk, they felt reassured and trusted that she was in the best possible hands. “Unfortunately, the stark reality is that her death may have been avoided had the clinical staff responsible for her care taken appropriate measures to ensure both her physical and mental wellbeing were maintained. “Denise’s family are very concerned having learned that Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust responsible for Carlton Court, has recently been put into special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) due to reports of inadequate and poor care throughout its mental health units. This is the first time a Mental Health Trust in England to be placed into special measures. “The key priority at this stage must be to ensure that services and standards at the Trust are improved quickly, with a view to ensuring patients are able to access the safe and high-quality care that they deserve.”

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  • 13/03/2015
    Inquest To Begin Into The Death Of Woman Who Died Following Treatment at Suffolk Mental Health Unit

    “This has been an extremely difficult time for Denise’s family who lost a loving mother under very difficult circumstances. “Denise’s family are very concerned having recently learned that the Trust responsible for Carlton Court are facing the threat of being put into special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) “They hope that the inquest scheduled to start on Thursday 19th March will provide answers to the many questions they have about the circumstances surrounding her death in June 2013.”

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  • 06/06/2013
    Parents Of Tragic Toddler Win Battle For Justice Against NHS Trust And Police

    “The consequences of losing Alfie so suddenly and in such tragic circumstances have had a long lasting psychological effect on Abby. “The out-of-court settlements will be used to help fund the ongoing psychiatric care she needs and will also provide the couple with funds to help them move house, as their present home has so many painful memories which they have understandably found extremely hard to deal with. “Following our investigations, the hospital has assured Abby that the internal investigation carried out after Alfie’s death has led to important lessons being learnt and a number of changes to procedures have since been made which will hopefully mean that no other family has to suffer the same heartbreak.”

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