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Irwin Mitchell

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Guy Forster

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Irwin Mitchell

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Medical law and patients’ rights.


Guy heads the medical law and patients’ rights team at the Cambridge office. He has specialised in clinical negligence since qualification, acting for claimants in a broad range of cases including delays in diagnosis, surgical error and inadequate treatment. He has substantial experience in handling maternity related claims, where children have suffered brain damage around the time of birth or mothers who have suffered serious injuries. He has acted in a number of ‘wrongful birth’ cases where congenital conditions such as Down’s syndrome, spina bifida or CMV have not been diagnosed during pregnancy. He is also well known for his expertise in IVF/fertility treatment claims and has conducted several complex, high-profile cases on behalf of clients nationwide. Guy represents families at inquests and the resulting claims for damages, including deaths in psychiatric units and care homes.


Trained Irwin Mitchell; qualified 2004; assistant solicitor Irwin Mitchell 2004-2009; associate solicitor 2009-2013; partner Penningtons Manches 2013-2014; partner Irwin Mitchell 2014 to date. Current directorships: director/trustee of STARS Children’s Bereavement Support.




Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) specialist panel member; Law Society clinical negligence panel member; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) senior litigator.


Trent College, Nottingham; l’Université de Limoges (1998-1999 Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises); University of Birmingham (1996-2000 LLB Law with French Law); Nottingham Law School (2002 LPC – commendation).


Running and triathlon.

East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Guy Forster - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Clinical negligence: claimant

The Cambridge office of national firm Irwin Mitchell has built up a strong following in Cambridge because 'the service is fantastic, the lawyers get back to you immediately and their in-depth knowledge and advice is really useful'. The firm is 'one of the best in the country', according to one barrister, and has a national medical negligence practice that handles cases of the highest value and complexity. Head of medical negligence in Cambridge Guy Forster is 'very experienced, able to get his head round any kind of case, very good with clients and able to get the best from a case'. One barrister remarks that he has 'a lovely way about him with clients, gives excellent instructions and keeps me informed about the case as it progresses'. Rising star Sarah Wealleans is 'amazing - warm, compassionate and always calm; she is very good at negotiating on clients' behalf'. Solicitor Gurpreet Lalli  has a particular interest in claims involving stroke, cauda equina, spinal injury, stillbirth and neonatal deaths, as well as assisting Forster with maximum severity catastrophic injury cases. Forster and Lalli secured a seven-figure settlement in a case of wrongful birth and failure to diagnose spina bifida in utero. Forster also worked with Wealleans to secure an eight-figure settlement for a boy of 12 who developed cerebral palsy as a result of a delay in diagnosing and treating hypoglycaemia in the hours following his birth.

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