Medical Negligence Solicitor and Partner
“You need to be tenacious and have stamina as a medical negligence lawyer. A claim against a medical practitioner is often complex and the outcome can have a massive impact on people’s lives. It is hugely important for claimants to be heard and to know that someone has taken responsibility for what has happened to them. As a lawyer, proving that negligence has taken place – especially when it’s disputed – is both intellectually satisfying and can bring about real change.”
1999 – LLB (Hons) – University of East London
2004 – Qualified as a solicitor
Securing an interim payment of over £1 million for a child with cerebral palsy. Such claims can take up to 6 years from start to finish and it was a great achievement to get an interim payment in this case. It meant that the parents were able to buy the special equipment they needed before the case concluded.
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator
- Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme
- Society for Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL) Executive Committee
Clinical negligence litigation has been Alan Mendham’s exclusive speciality since he qualified as a solicitor in 2004. After completing his training contract at Pattinson and Brewer, he joined Gadsby Wicks where he is now a Partner. He loves the intellectual challenge of having to understand both medicine and the law, combining the two to identify the key issues involved in a claim. Alan handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims from birth injury to misdiagnosis and surgical errors.
Born in Romford, Alan is now a Chelmsford resident and has been a lifelong supporter of Dagenham and Redbridge FC.
See below for a selection of cases where Alan has helped patients and their families make a successful claim for compensation:
- Stillbirth due to inadequate ante-natal and peri-natal care – £30,000
- Protracted labour leading to Cerebral Palsy – £250,000
- Cerebral Palsy following inadequately monitored high-risk labour £5,836,168
- Undiagnosed rectal cancer – £45,000
- Fourth degree tear during second stage of labour – £250,000
- Injuries during gallbladder removal surgery – £90,000