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East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is regarded as one of the leading medical negligence firms in the UK and the Cambridge office. Led by Guy Forster, it upholds this reputation with multimillion-pound settlements in high-value and complex catastrophic injury cases including birth injury, adult and child brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and fatal accidents. The practice also has a specialist public law team that handles cases in which an individual’s care or health needs are not being met by a local authority or clinical commissioning groups, and also handles Court of Protection, trust, probate and special educational needs. Other names to note are rising stars are Gurpreet Lalli, Sarah Wealleans and Sophie Bales.

Practice head(s):Guy Forster

Other key lawyers:Sophie Bales; Gurpreet Lalli; Sarah Wealleans


"I bend over backwards to accept instructions from this team. They are extremely well organised and effective. The paperwork is always well prepared; and the conferences run like clockwork."

"Guy Forster is a fantastic advocate for his clients; a stickler for the detail and extremely thorough."

"Guy Forster really gets his teeth into the case and has great carry-over, remembering the details of reports and discussions even as the months roll by."

"The standards applied by the practice are high with excellent case management and communication."

"The team is supportive to clients and experts and is able to achieve appropriate and successful outcomes. I would have no hesitation in recommending this practice."

"Its expertise in medical/clinical matters- including sudden and preventable deaths, and its profile and commitment to achieving change through justice means the firm stands out from what can look like a cluttered legal market place."

"Guy Forster is clearly extremely competent and hugely supportive. Dealing with traumatised relatives takes skill and compassion - he has this in abundance."

"Guy Forster works very flexibly and I feel is always available to deal with my questions. Rosamund Stafford is flexible efficient kind & compassionate."

Work highlights

  • Guy Forster represents a woman, aged 25, who suffered a massive stroke which left her with permanent brain damage and who requires substantial care and lacks capacity to manage her affairs.
  • Representing a 5-year old girl who has cerebral palsy due to her developing rare condition kernicterus in the early days of life.
  • Acting for a 7-year old child who suffered bacterial meningitis resulting in deafness in a claim concerning a failure by a commercial out-of-hours GP service to suspect a potential diagnosis of meningitis and make an urgent referral to hospital.
  • Acting for the widow and 9-year old son of a man who died after contracting the CMV virus following a pancreatic transplant, in which there were a series of negligent delays in treating the virus and in which, due to a laboratory mix-up, the organ was infected.
  • Acting for a child who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy following starvation of oxygen shortly before she was delivered, as her mother suffered a placental abruption preventing the baby from receiving the blood supply and oxygen it needs.
Leading individuals

Guy Forster - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Gurpreet Lalli - Irwin Mitchell

Sarah Wealleans - Irwin Mitchell

Sophie Bales - Irwin Mitchell

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, the service is 'absolutely outstanding', according to one client and is highly recommended for the full range of serious injury, asbestos and armed forces matters. Practice head Neil Whiteley's areas of specialism encompass  brain, spinal cord and poly-trauma injuries, but he excels most in traumatic brain injury matters. One client remarks that he is 'exceptional in every aspect' of complex claims. Ruth Booy specialises in complex and high-value catastrophic injury cases, with a particular focus on child brain injury matters. The 'honest and upfront' Simon Harrington handles Ministry of Defence claims, along with newly promoted associate Alexander Davenport, and is a leading lawyer for cases involving injuries sustained through cold weather exposure. Rosemary Giles leads the firm's acclaimed asbestos claims team, in which rising star associate Samantha Shaw plays a key role.

Practice head(s):Neil Whiteley

Other key lawyers:Ruth Booy; Simon Harrington; Rosemary Giles


"After taking over my claim after previous solicitors were closed down, they were one hundred percent on top of it."

"I couldn't ask for a more proactive or professional team to deal with my case."

"Simon Harrington is by far one of the most helpful professionals I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with."

"Simon Harrington is top class and obviously a huge asset to Irwin Mitchell."

The PI team in Cambridge has a pre-eminent reputation for serious brain, spinal, amputee and other complex injuries, specialist armed forces and disease cases. It also has vast expertise in handling accidents at work cases and demonstrates great courage in pursuing the most challenging of cases."

"Frequently, the team has secured large interim payments to facilitate rehabilitation of seriously injured clients and I am aware that Irwin Mitchell have a mandatory rehabilitation policy to ensure that our clients benefit from early support where required."

"Irwin Mitchell offers a holistic range of services integrating a wide range of consumer services under the Irwin Mitchell brand. Personal Injury clients also benefit from the support available from Cambridge based services in Court of Protection."

"Ruth Booy  is a serious player in the PI market and no case is too big for her to litigate in an exceptional fashion. She takes no prisoners in her pursuit of rightful damages for her clients and is the go to PI practitioner in Cambridge."


Work highlights

  • A serious injury claim, which succeeded against a full denial of liability by the defendant. Due to lack of progress by previous solicitors, the firm turned the case around and prepared the evidence on liability from scratch.
  • A complex injury claim settled for a client that came from a previous solicitor who had not prepared the evidence and was in default of court orders and the timetable.
  • Ruth Booy acted in a multimillion-pound compensation claim for life changing injuries resulting in paraplegia.
  • Ruth Booy handled a high-value compensation claim for life changing injuries resulting in caudia equine syndrome.
  • Ruth Booy handled a high-value compensation claim for life changing injuries resulting in lower limb amputation.
Leading individuals

Neil Whiteley - Irwin Mitchell

Ruth Booy - Irwin Mitchell

Simon Harrington - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Alexander Davenport - Irwin Mitchell

Samantha Shaw - Irwin Mitchell

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