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I’m passionate about getting answers for people and making a positive difference in their lives, no matter how difficult their situation.

Mary heads up our medical negligence and personal injury practice in Bristol.

With over 12 years’ experience representing clients throughout the South West of England and nationally, Mary believes passionately, in the valuable role claimant lawyers play in supporting clients to achieve just and fair resolutions and in driving up healthcare standards.

She specialises in medical negligence, inquests, and complex personal injury claims, with a particular interest in cases giving rise to declarations under the Human Rights Act.

High profile medical negligence and mental healthcare negligence cases she’s been involved in include misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of serious illnesses, surgical and prescribing errors and claims involving perinatal/postnatal depression. She has expertise assisting and representing bereaved families at inquests.

Mary is proud of the outcomes she has achieved for her clients and the difference she has been able to make to their lives. She has been fortunate to be involved in a number of cases which have gone on to have a far wider impact. These range from changes to systems of work and practices, ensuring safe work systems and improved patient safety within the community, GP, nursing home and hospital settings – to recommendations for the implementation of new National Guidelines.

Mary has a strong healthcare background having worked in-house in the complaints and litigation department for a large NHS Trust, as well as an auxiliary nurse in both the NHS and the private sector during her legal training.

With her empathetic approach, Mary is very adept at helping and supporting our clients at the most challenging of times.

“The case was complex and the journey through the legal system arduous. We would never have managed without the help of Mary. We always had the experience of feeling listened to and respected . . . . .. We always felt Mary was on our side, which never swayed” – Medical Negligence Claimant

Activities and Achievements

Mary has Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

She originally hails from Lampeter in Wales and is a Welsh speaker.

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