Alan Mendham has been a qualified medical negligence solicitor and a member of the Gadsby Wicks team since 2004.

Operating as an experienced Solicitor and Partner, Alan plays an important role in the day-to-day running of the firm, offering an expert eye on a broad range of cases and helping his clients seek justice. This includes acting as a mentor for junior solicitors throughout the business.

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 – can bring about real change.

Alan Mendham

Why did you become a medical negligence solicitor?

I have always had an interest in investigating the truth. A career as a medical negligence solicitor was an opportunity for me to do that, while also making a meaningful difference to the lives of those I represent.

Even in cases where a claimant's outcome was sadly unavoidable, simply being able to provide them or their family with answers is incredibly rewarding, and can help those affected get their lives back on track.

However, it was not just my professional aspirations that attracted me to this area of law – my tenacity and keen eye for detail inspired me to pursue this type of work. It is these same qualities that keep me committed to achieving justice for my clients almost 20 years on.

What is your legal background?

After completing my academic training I spent two years training with Pattinson and Brewer and qualified as a solicitor in 2004, since then I have worked exclusively in clinical negligence.

What motivated you to join Gadsby Wicks?

Gadsby Wicks stood out to me as the ideal firm for several reasons. As well as being a local practice with a national reputation, the business’s sole focus on clinical negligence allowed me to work exclusively on these cases – an area of law I was keen to specialise in after qualifying.

To this day, the firm remains unique in its commitment to clinical negligence. In addition, the vast wealth of experience and knowledge within the office is truly special, and an invaluable resource for me, my colleagues and our clients.

“During my training contract, clinical negligence stood out to me as an area of the law that I wanted to focus on. Joining Gadsby Wicks was an opportunity to expose myself to this type of work, and help those affected find the answers they so rightly deserve.”

What are your responsibilities at Gadsby Wicks?

In my role as a Medical Negligence Solicitor and Partner, I am responsible for managing a diverse caseload, as well as overseeing some of the day-to-day operations of the firm.

In addition to this, I take on the important role of mentoring junior solicitors within the practice. Whenever these aspiring legal professionals face challenges or encounter unfamiliar scenarios in their cases, I like to be the first person they turn to for guidance and support.

This collaborative approach is what makes Gadsby Wicks true experts in medical negligence. With a team of specialists at our disposal, there is always someone available to lend their invaluable expertise – whether that be me or my fellow colleagues.

What do you find fulfilling about your role?

As a legal professional, it is incredibly fulfilling to help clients secure the compensation and justice they rightfully deserve. Having worked at Gadsby Wicks since 2004, I have personally witnessed the transformative impact that financial compensation has on the lives of my clients.

Even in cases where an investigation reveals that the outcome could not be avoided, being able to provide a clear explanation is highly rewarding. For many, knowing that no one was to blame for their suffering provides closure and facilitates the process of moving forward.

Although I am driven by the possibility of making a meaningful difference in my work, the inherent variability of each case and the need to apply elements of anatomy and the law is an intellectual challenge I continue to find very satisfying.

What do you do outside of Gadsby Wicks?

I am married with two children, both of whom are competitive swimmers. I am a qualified swimming official and volunteer at a variety of swimming meets in the East of England.

Client Testimonials

“Very pleased the way Alan handled my case, everything was explained to me throughout with constant communication. I was happy to follow Alan's advice right through to the end. So pleased we have got through this. Unfortunately, I have an injury which will never heal, but the compensation will make the future a little less stressful. Thank you very much for all your help and reassurance.”
Donna Coleman-Prayter

“I would like to reiterate how Alan Mendham and his team were always polite, helpful and I know they did their best and I thank them for that. Although money will never bring back my health and the life I had before, it is of help to have financial peace of mind and comfort. Thank you.”
Suziye Hunwicks

“I was impressed from day 1 with the service and consideration shown to me. I have only the highest praise for Alan Mendham in particular who was extremely sensitive and helpful when I was still in shock and grieving and then again when I was making difficult decisions. I was recommended to you by friends and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who needs this particular advice and support. Thank you very much indeed.”
Mrs Kelly

Qualifications and professional memberships:

  • LLB (Hons) - University of East London - 1994
  • Qualified as a solicitor - 2004
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) - Senior Litigator and Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist
  • Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme
  • Society for Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL) - Vice Chair, 2017-2022; Member of Public Affairs Group 2015-2023

Team member accreditations

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant Ranking - Alan Mendham - Chambers & Partners
The Law Society - Clinical Negligence Accredited
Senior Litigator - Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist - Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

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