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Jenny Urwin, Partner

Jenny Urwin, Partner, Fieldfisher

Jenny Urwin is a claimant clinical negligence lawyer with extensive experience in all varieties of claimant medical negligence, but with particular expertise in claims of maximum severity including  where adults or children have suffered brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, loss of vision/blindness, spinal and other neurological injuries. Jenny also has specialist expertise in wrongful birth claims some of which relate to children with Down Syndrome and/or severe congenital brain and other congenital conditions such as spina bifida and chromosomal abnormalities.

She is known for successfully concluding complex high value claims, acting for clients throughout England and Wales.

Jenny is a Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel member of both the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)  and The Law Society, reflecting her expertise.

She is a Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a Member of Manchester Law Society.

She continues to be recognised as a Leader in her field by both Legal 500 (leading individual) and Chambers (Band 1).

Chambers and Partners 2017 - “Jenny is academically bang-on, very diplomatic and intelligent.”, “She has the ability to talk to anyone from any walk of life and gets stuck in and is an active partner in conducting litigation.

Legal 500 2017 - “highly intelligent, utterly professional and very determined."

Jenny has been invited to speak at AvMA training events, as well as lecturing on the MA in Medical Ethics and Law at The University of Manchester and on legal issues to both medics and charities.

Jenny qualified as a solicitor in 1995, having trained at Pannone LLP, and remained a partner in the Clinical Negligence department of Pannone until its acquisition by Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP in 2014. She subsequently became Head of Clinical Negligence, Manchester at Slater & Gordon until joining the Manchester office of Fieldfisher in March 2018.

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Key cases

Jenny has secured multiple million pound settlements including:

  • £30m settlement for a young girl with cerebral palsy due to hypoxia at birth as a result of a negligent delay in her delivery
  • £24m settlement for young boy with cerebral palsy due to hypoxia at birth as a result of a failure to deliver despite a deterioration in his heart rate
  • £12.2m settlement for cerebral palsy twins who both suffered brain injury because they were over ventilated in SCBU after their birth. 
  • £7.3m cerebral palsy claim for incorrect calculation of the due date leading to premature delivery and consequent brain injury of one twin
  • £7.25m for wrongful birth claim for a child with severe congenital brain abnormalities which should have been diagnosed antenatally
  • £7m cerebral palsy claim for delay in delivering a baby despite an abnormal CTG trace leading to brain injury at birth
  • £6.9m cerebral palsy claim for failure to act upon an abnormal CTG trace; leading to lack of oxygen at birth and brain injury
  • £6.8m for a young mother of two who suffered brain injury when giving birth after a delay in responding to a circulatory collapse brought about by a high spinal block (epidural)
  • £6.5m cerebral palsy claim for failing to deliver after fetal distress in pregnancy
  • £6.4m for a wrongful birth case for a Down Syndrome girl who was also born with serious congenital internal physical abnormalities
  • £6.2m for a young boy with cerebral palsy due to failure to manage aorto-caval compression during labour
  • £5m for a young man who suffered a brain injury and blindness after a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour
  • £3.2m cerebral palsy claim for delaying the delivery of a second twin
  • £1.5m award for the wrongful birth of Down Syndrome twin girls
  • £1m for a woman who suffered neurological & spinal injury following surgery
  • £890,000 for a man who suffered a stroke after a failure to monitor and treat his blood pressure

 

Client testimonials

.. you have done nothing but be there for us, there were ups and downs but you still stood strong and remained with our best interests at heart. To say that after that time we are sad to see you go is an understatement, you are an amazing person and we have been lucky to have you fighting our corner and [our son’s] for the last few years which has brought us to this end result. The claim at times has been hard and when we have nearly given up you have reassured us and kept us all going, we believed in you and that paid off today, having the thoughts that we are now in a position to secure [our son’s] future and ours and that he will be able to be provided for properly and we can have a more normal life is such a blessing. We can’t thank you enough for everything Jenny, for all you have done, all your hard work and dedication to this case, our family and ultimately [our son]. I am sure if he could he would tell you how much he appreciates it but we will for you, we are so happy with the outcome and we are so grateful for all you have done for our family, even though this is the end of the litigation, we will keep you informed of [our son’s] future adventures and we will always remember you. We are sure you will continue to do your amazing work to help other families in our position with  the dedication, professionalism and caring nature that you have done for us.

Thank you so much for all your help and support over the years, you have made the whole process manageable and taken a lot of the stress out of it for us. It’s not just the final result you should be rightly proud of but how you have helped us through it all the way, along what is such a long road. I am so glad we were lucky enough to come to you for help. I will certainly miss your advice in the future. Thank you for all you have done.