Jennifer Cawthorne > Irwin Mitchell > Sheffield, England > Lawyer Profile

Irwin Mitchell
S3 8DT

Work Department

Personal Injury and Medical Negligence



Manages a medical law and patients’ rights team in Manchester. Undertakes claimant clinical negligence litigation including brain injuries, spinal cases and cases relating to failures to diagnose and treat. Has recovered tens of millions of pounds in compensation for clients.

Specialises in birth injury to both mother and child, acting in particular for a large number of children and young adults with cerebral palsy. Significant cases include: £6.1m for a 41-year old, £5.1m for a 29-year old and £4.6m for an 8-year old all with cerebral palsy.

Also acted for John Corbett in the ‘indexation cases’, which altered the way in which periodical payments are indexed each year. It was successfully argued that by indexing periodical payments to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) rather than the Retail Prices Index then they would more accurately reflect changes to carers earnings and would mean catastrophically injured claimants requiring care would not be left with a shortfall in their damages.


Trained Heptonstalls Solicitors, Goole 1999-2000; qualified 2001; partner Irwin Mitchell 2011.


Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel member.


Durham University (1997 LLB Hons Law Degree 2(1)); York College of Law (1998 Legal Practice Course).


Travelling, particularly in the Far East and Australia, keeping fit.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals: Clinical Negligence)

Jennifer CawthorneIrwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence team, led by Kristofer Inskip, specialises in dental negligence claims and supporting members of HM Forces where poor medical care has been received. Lindsay Wise is recommended for handling matters involving serious brain and spinal injuries, while Jennifer Cawthorne and senior associate Dina Lambourne offer expertise in birth injury claims. Senior associate Margaret Ryan handles an array of matters, including cases involving delayed meningitis treatment. Catherine Leech  is another key member of the team. On the personal injury side, Jonathan Betts’ team acts for clients with serious brain and spinal injuries and asbestos-related diseases. The practice also deals with claims for military personnel under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, with Amanda Marsh recognised for her expertise in this niche. Deirdre Healy handles severe brain, spinal, amputation and other complex injuries. Matthew Brown and senior associate Richard Biggs  are other key team members, specialising in brain and spinal cord injuries. Matthew Garson  is recommended for his work on child claims.