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.
"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
"Thomas was very highly recommended to me when I made the very difficult decision to sue my husband’s GP following the former’s death in horrible circumstances. Over the last three and a half years, there have been some painful and frustrating times. Through it all, 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 but extremely friendly which has been invaluable to me during two traumatic events. 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 8 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
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.