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Victoria Walne



I am a solicitor working in the serious injury and medical law teams. I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2014, having worked for six years at a leading personal injury and clinical negligence firm. 
I manage my own caseload of complex clinical negligence claims, including missed diagnosis of cancer and cauda equina, birth trauma, nursing and surgical errors and fatal claims.
I also act for clients involved in a wide range of accidents, in particular accidents on the road or at work. I am experienced in cases involving brain injury, psychiatric injury, pain disorders, serious orthopaedic injuries and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Cases of Note:

  • GIM v East And North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
    I achieved a seven figure settlement for a claimant who suffers from severe brain damage as a result of the mismanagement of his birth. He is a seriously disabled child who was starved of oxygen during delivery leading to cerebral palsy. His condition is so severe that he will never be able to live independently, and will remain dependent on carers for the rest of his life for all activities of daily living. Several large interim payments were obtained before the case was concluded to fund a care package, therapies and to enable the claimant to move to more suitable accommodation. The Court approved a final settlement reached between the parties out of Court which had a seven figure lump sum plus six figure annual payments, which will continue for the rest of the Claimant’s life to meet his significant care needs.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career where I have the opportunity to make a positive difference to people's lives. Early on in my legal training, I knew that I wanted to work in this area of law in order to help people and also because of an interest in medicine.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Whether it is securing an acceptance of fault, an apology, funds for rehabilitation, care and therapy or fighting for the best compensation settlement, it is a great reward to be able to help put someone's life back on track at a very difficult and distressing time for them.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I enjoy working as part of an enthusiastic and experienced team of dedicated lawyers. At Irwin Mitchell we have a broad range of specialists and fantastic resources to hand to help us to do the best possible job for our clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Art, theatre and travel are my main interests. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 18/05/2014
    Young Woman Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer After NHS Trust Wrongly Reports Smear Test As Normal

    This is a tragic case - Fay is not yet 30 but has been left with terminal cervical cancer and unable to have children. “Whilst the Trust has admitted liability for its failings relating to interpreting and reporting the smear results, we believe it also needs to give answers about how it was possible for these failures to happen and confirm what steps have been taken to ensure the same, frankly appalling mistakes, can never happen again. “We hope the Trust will now work with us to provide this information to Fay but also quickly agree a settlement that will fund her ongoing care costs and cover her loss of earnings as she is unable to return to her previous job.”

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