Solicitor and Managing Partner
I have always liked rules! As a child, my mother’s employer was involved in a number of legal actions, and I was fascinated when she discussed the various meetings she’d attended each day. I was also lucky enough to undertake some informal work experience as a teenager, which made it clear that law was the career for me.
My legal career began at Thompsons Solicitors, completing my training contract in 1996 and accepting a full-time position at that firm.
From the beginning, I have always worked in injury cases, primarily representing those injured at work. As my skills developed, I progressed to helping those diagnosed with industrial diseases. I spent several years primarily working on asbestos-related disease cases.
In 2010, Thompsons offered me the opportunity to move into clinical negligence, something I was extremely keen to do. I have always been interested in medicine, and the possibility of combining this with my work seemed like the perfect mix. As an area of work, medical negligence is both intellectually demanding and extremely varied and since specialising, I have never considered switching to another area of law.
Having found my calling in clinical negligence, applying for a vacancy at Gadsby Wicks was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. The firm’s outstanding reputation within the medical negligence field made it the ideal environment for my professional ambitions.
Having been here since 2019, I can confidently say Gadsby Wicks’ reputation is well-deserved. Working exclusively in medical negligence means that all of our systems are geared to conducting this work in the most effective way. With a wealth of knowledge, resources and experience at our disposal, we are perfectly positioned to support any claim in this legal area.
I work for Gadsby Wicks because they specialise solely in clinical negligence. We understand that no two clients are the same and no two clients have been through the same thing. We have the experience to expertly handle any case that comes our way.
As a Senior Solicitor, my main responsibilities include:
Meeting with and/or speaking to my clients
Reviewing documents, such as medical records and expert reports
Drafting statements and various Court documents
Negotiating with Defendant representatives
I strive to work as collaboratively as possible to support my clients. Taking a thorough and considered approach to every case, I am able to assimilate a lot of information quickly and identify the key issues and questions that must be answered. I also always make myself available to help my colleagues with their cases.
I am driven by the prospect of helping people find answers regarding the treatment they received. Even if it does not lead to a claim, being able to give someone closure can be rewarding in and of itself.
Often, however, we will identify avoidable mistakes made during a person’s treatment. I find it very fulfilling to help them obtain the compensation they need to make their lives a little easier and to help them cope with the consequences of the inappropriate treatment they endured. I am very proud of many cases, both those resolved for many millions of pounds and those resolved for relatively modest sums that were hard-fought and made a huge difference for my clients.
Because we work with some clients for many years, especially the families of children injured at birth, I find making connections with my clients extremely rewarding. These connections never really fade, even after a case is concluded, and I am proud to be able to make a positive difference for people at a very challenging time.
One of the benefits of working at Gadsby Wicks is that all solicitors have experience in a broad range of cases. I have handled matters of varying complexities and levels of compensation, including claims on behalf of children who have suffered neurological damage at birth, and those who have experienced devastating physical injuries such as amputations.
I also deal with cases involving delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis, surgical errors and mistakes by GPs.
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