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Irwin Mitchell

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Partner and head of medical law and patients rights team in Bristol. Specialises in clinical negligence claims exclusively for claimants. Undertakes full range of clinical negligence cases at a variety of values but with a special interest in gynaecology and obstetric claims. Recent noteable settlements include A v Birmingham Womens Healthcare NHS Trust which settled for a capitalised value of £10.1m. Case concerned a two hour delay in delivery of A resulting in coagulopathy which caused a frontal lobe infarct. B v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust which concerned negligent neonatal treatment and settled for around £5m capitalised value, C v Wiltshire NHS Trust, which settled for £7.1m.


Paralegal Shoosmiths, 1989 – 2004, Irwin Mitchell training contract – 1999-2001, qualified 2002, partner – 2011.


Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, senior litigator APIL.


Rugby High School for Girls, Birmingham University (LLB), De Montfort University (LPC).


Pilates, reading, family holidays .

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

(Leading individuals: Clinical Negligence)

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Irwin Mitchell‘s personal injury team is instructed across a broad range of high-value, complex claims in this space, including cases involving neurological and spinal injuries resulting from road traffic accidents and workplace injuries. The practice is also adept at handling industrial disease claims, with Virginia Chalmers heading this team; Chalmers has deep experience in asbestos matters, including working with asbestos family support groups throughout the South West. Senior associate Isabelle Selley has also specialised in this space for over a decade. James Davies leads on serious injuries and fatal accidents and is supported by Deborah Rose, who was promoted to partner in May 2021. The pair stand out for their work representing clients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries as a result of road traffic accidents and incidents at work. In the clinical negligence sphere, the practice is instructed to represent children and adults who have suffered a range of serious injuries, including life-changing brain and spinal damage. Birth injuries, delayed cancer diagnosis, errors in surgery and failure to correctly diagnose strokes are all areas handled by practice head Julie Lewis. Lewis frequently collaborates with the firm’s Southampton office on cases and is also supported by a strong bench of associates in the Bristol office, with senior associate Kate Easy particularly standing out for her expertise in obstetric cases. Associate Luke Trevorrow is also well-regarded and ‘fights hard for his client.’ The practice draws on the wider firm’s Court of Protection expertise to act for clients who lack capacity as a result of their injuries.