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“My route into Law was an unconventional one: after a career as a Nurse and an NHS manager, I made the transition to Medical Negligence law.

I began my career studying for a BSc (Hons) in Applied Science. I then trained in general and mental health nursing, qualifying as a registered mental health nurse (RMN). As a nurse with a degree, I soon became a manager, running a drop-in centre for a mental health charity and community mental health services for a council.

In the years that followed my career was focussed on the improvement of public sector services, working in roles at:

  • District Audit/Audit Commission
  • NHS Modernisation Agency
  • National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE).

I consolidated my management learning by completing a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) at Warwick University, where I had the opportunity to study in South Africa and the USA.

The MPA course was meant to set me on a journey to becoming a public sector director and/or chief executive, however whilst working for a director in a large hospital trust, I became increasingly concerned about the medical errors I was investigating, and the reluctance of the hospital trust to admit their liability. This concern led me to study law.

When I commenced a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), it became apparent how challenging it would be combining legal studies, with a full-time job in the NHS and family commitments. I therefore changed roles and worked as a locum inspector for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), where I planned inspections around my first year of legal studies. I subsequently moved to review criminal cases for the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), where I completed my second year GDL, leaving CCRC to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) full-time.

Finding a solicitor training contact, given my unorthodox background, was a challenge, however I was soon recruited by specialist personal injury firm in Manchester, qualifying as a solicitor in July 2021.

Why did I join Brindley Twist Tafft and James in Coventry?

I knew when I qualified as a solicitor that I wanted to work in medical negligence law. It was clear to me that my nursing and NHS experience, when combined with my audit/inspection experience provided me with unique knowledge about the NHS, how it operates, and the reasons why medical negligence can occur.

I am fortunate to how found a firm that recognised my skills and experience acquired in my previous roles – Brindley Twist Tafft & James (BTTJ) in Coventry. I am now delighted to be working at one of the country’s leading Clinical Negligence departments and bringing my unique background to the claims process for the benefit of our clients

As a newly qualified solicitor I am surrounded by a team with many years’ experience working in the field of clinical negligence. I am impressed with the level of care and attention that each member of the team gives to clients and potential clients from the moment they make contact with us.

I look forward to becoming an integral member of the team, and to successfully working with clients in pursuit of their claims.”

Julia French

Solicitor – Clinical Negligence

 

If you need any advice on a medical negligence case, then please get in touch with our expert team to see how we can help. We offer free, no initial consultations.

We’re pleased to introduce a new member of our firm here at BTTJ Medical Negligance

Julia joined us in September as a Fee Earner in our Clinical Negligence Department. She joined us from a Manchester based solicitors firm, and before that Julia spent over 4 years at the Criminal Cases Review Commission in Birmingham, as a Case Review Manager.

Before pursuing a legal career Julia worked in management roles for the NHS and social care sector, qualifying as nurse specialising in mental health, and completing a masters degree at Warwick University.  Julia has also worked as an inspector for the Audit Commission and Care Quality Commission..

 

Did you know that until 100 years ago women were not allowed to practice law?

In fact in 1913 four women were stopped by the Law Society from sitting the Law Society examinations.  The women took the case to the Court of Appeal however the Court of Appeal upheld the Law Society’s decision, ruling that within the meaning of the Solicitors Act of 1843, women were not “persons”.

It was only when the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act received royal assent on 23rd December 1919, that the law changed.  This meant that women could now pass their law exams and become lawyers for the first time.

Today at BTTJ 65% of all the lawyers at our firm, working across a wide range of disciplines, are now women including our Senior Partner.

Within our Medical Negligence team the number is even higher.  75% of our medical negligence lawyers are women and we are very proud to celebrate our fantastic female team on the 100th anniversary:

 

Janet Wardle

Lynette Walsh

Dawn Slow

Jeanette Suckling

Catherine Puffett

Clare Johnson