I'm a paralegal based in Manchester, specialising in medical negligence. I help senior members of the department, in particular Lindsay Wise, on a wide variety of case types. These include birth injuries, spinal injuries and complex medical claims involving delays or misdiagnosis.
I'm also part of the team who deal with potential new clients, which includes dealing with a wide range of both medical and dental enquiries. I work on a very wide spectrum of cases for the people who I help, but have a particular interest in obstetric cases, complex surgical cases and oncology.
What inspired you to get into law?
I've always been interested in pursuing a career in law and always liked the aspect of being able to help people in difficulty. I also like to be challenged and the law is a place where I feel that I can carry out my full potential.
I found my particular interest in clinical negligence law when I was studying for my degree. During my time studying for my degree, I undertook a wide range of legal experience. This ranged from working in Salford Royal’s legal team to attending court with a criminal defence solicitor. I was also part of the Greater Manchester Law Clinic who gave pro-bono advice those who couldn't afford legal representation.
This inspired me further that I wanted to be able to assist those in need and in particular those who had been injured by negligent medical treatment.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
The most rewarding part of my role is definitely being able to get people the help they need due to their injuries. A lot of our clients become vulnerable and need care which they wouldn't have needed before.
I really enjoy the personal aspect of my job and creating a relationship with our clients to show them that we really do care about them. There is nothing better than working on a case for some time to get a great result that the client's happy with and will let them live their life the best way that they can.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell is my first official legal role and I could not have asked to join a better firm. Since day one I was welcomed and made to feel part of the team.
It's also clear to me that I'm working with people who are excellent at their jobs and are passionate about what they do. I'm guided by some of the very best solicitors in the business and they help to push me to my full potential.
Starting a new job role can be very daunting but I have been supported the whole time that I have been there. All of the team assist one another and are always happy to help if there is anything which I need help with.
What do you do away from the office?
When I'm not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy taking my dog Bonnie for long walks through the woods and visiting different national parks.
I also enjoy settling down with a book - particularly autobiographies from people such as doctors, nurses and people involved in the justice system.