I am an Associate Solicitor within the market-leading medical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell’s London office.
I specialise in a wide range of medical negligence claims and I have worked in the medical negligence department since 2008.
After 11 years working at the Birmingham office, I transferred to the London office in January 2020.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and have gained a wide range of experience assisting clients who have suffered life-changing injuries. I have also helped those who have lost loved ones due to medical negligence received from 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:
• Spinal and brain injury claims
• Orthopaedic claims
• Paediatric claims
• 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 be very high profile and clients often wish to share their stories with the press to raise awareness. In assisting families with this process, I have provided legal comment to the BBC, ITV, Sky TV and Channel 5 news teams. I have also provided comment to local and national newspapers. It is important to me that clients feel their stories are heard to make sure errors in medical care are not repeated.
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 passionate about helping clients move forward with their lives as best possible and ensuring they obtain the rehabilitation and support 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 devoted dog-father to my black Labrador, Otto!
I am also a keen road cyclist and can be found most weekends out on a long ride, weather permitting! I enjoy spending time with family and cooking is also a great passion of mine.
I also enjoy entering charity challenge events and charity work generally.
"Within minutes Tom took my fears and anxieties away. He acted with compassion, professional integrity and honesty from the very start. From here on, Tom became a trusted ally through a tough case. He returned calls and emails in a timely way and treated me with total respect even when discussing some confidential and sensitive medical records which could be very distressing. Tom walked the entire journey with me and I cannot thank him enough for his kindness, compassion, professionalism, and sheer skill! He really is an efficient and skilful practitioner and I feel very privileged to have Tom assigned to my case." - 5* Trustpilot review
"After 8 years of working with Irwin Mitchell and its outstanding team, my personal solicitor Thomas Riis-Bristow our relationship as also become a friendship. This company took on my case knowing it was a individual, complex case. Yet they never stopped working to get the result they believed i deserved, from start to end the communication from Tom was exceptional, i was always kept up to date and asked my opinion. I have always felt that Tom had mine, my wife and sons best interests at heart. I truly believe we would not of got the result we had if I had not had Irwin Mitchell by my side." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I have absolutely no reservation in recommending Irwin Mitchell and in particular Thomas Riis-Bristow. Thomas has always been friendly and professional, which has instilled confidence and understanding on my part at time when my family and I have needed guidance and help. Thomas has always kept us up to speed with my case, and has always been quick to put my mind at ease or answer any questions no matter how strange. Thank you Tom!" -5* Trustpilot review
"Tom Riis-Bristow who listened to what I had to say, took my concerns and told me he would fully intestate my worries. Mr Riis-Bristow kept me fully informed at every stage of my case. He always made sure I fully understood the legal process and I can't thank him enough for his help. We have just closed the case and got the best result I could have wished for." -5* Trustpilot review
'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.' – Client SW
‘Thomas has proved to be the ideal solicitor to have on your side. His calm, professional and extremely knowledgeable attitude has allowed me to feel informed and to make decisions that have often felt overwhelming. I now have a settlement and can move forward – I know I could not have done this without Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Riis-Bristow in particular.' – Mary P
'Thomas Riis-Bristow has been fantastic throughout my case. I have been a client of Tom’s for several years and I can truly say he is professional, knowledgeable and extremely friendly. He has taken his time to explain each and every step, sometimes several times, showing patience and empathy throughout. Tom is a top solicitor and a top guy!' – Esther W
'After eight years of working with Irwin Mitchell and my personal solicitor, Thomas Riis-Bristow, our relationship has become a friendship. I have always felt that Tom had mine, my wife and my son’s best interests at heart. I truly believe we would not have got the result we did if I had not had Irwin Mitchell by my side.' – Darren M