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Irwin Mitchell

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Clinical Negligence




I’m a partner in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds. I completed my training with Irwin Mitchell in 1992 and continued working as an associate.

Before becoming a partner in 2016, I spent three years as a defendant solicitor. This experience gives me tactical insight which I use to make successful claims for my clients.

Overall, I have over 30 years’ experience in medical negligence. I specialise in claims involving children who suffer brain injuries at birth and adults with spinal cord injuries.

I was involved in the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) Inquiry and reached settlements for over 250 people. Lately, I’ve been involved in Human Growth Hormone claims.

As well as being a partner, I’m also a team leader in the Medical Negligence team in Leeds. I lead forums to share best practice and train and mentor junior solicitors.

I also supervise and mentor litigation assistants in our wider personal injury department.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell leverages the substantial experience of its large team of clinical negligence specialists, with capabilities across a range of complex high-value claims, alongside a focus on securing immediate care for clients. Julianne Moore leads the Sheffield team, employing her medical background to represent clients particularly in birth injury claims. Other notable names from the same office include Tom Mather, who has substantial litigation experience; Sarah Rowland, who is similarly active in relation to birth injuries; and Tim Annett, who focusses on defective medical devices and clinical trials. Sarah Coles  heads up the Leeds practice, with expertise in cerebral palsy, brain injury, and amputation claims. Also based there are Rachelle Mahapatra, primarily active in birth injury cases, and Rachel Roach, who brings valuable experience working on the defendant side to the team. In team news, Ross McWilliams was promoted to partner in May 2023.