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Sophie Birch

Sophie is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence team, based in the Manchester office. Sophie has over 10 years’ experience in advising and supporting clients who have suffered serious injuries as a result of negligent medical treatment.

Sophie is experienced in dealing with a wide range of clinical negligence cases including those involving surgical negligence, delays in diagnosis and injuries resulting in death. As well as representing her own clients, Sophie also supports the Partners in the team with high value and complex cases including those involving amputation, brain injury, birth injury and spinal injury.

Career and education history

  • University of Manchester, LLB (Hons) Law: 2009
  • The College of Law, Legal Practice Course: 2010
  • Paralegal at Pannone LLP: 2011 – 2012
  • Trained at Pannone LLP: 2012 – 2014
  • Qualified at Pannone LLP: 2014
  • Solicitor at Potter Rees Dolan: 2017
  • Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2023

Recent experience

  • Negligent administration of a local anaesthetic resulting in the patient’s death
  • Delay in diagnosing urachal cancer
  • Part of the legal team representing a young man who suffered a below knee amputation due to delay in diagnosing compartment syndrome following a motorbike accident (Judgment: Riley v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust [2022] EWHC 2417 (KB))
  • Part of the team who secured damages for a man who had suffered an above knee amputation following negligent management of a sport injury
  • Part of the team who secured damages for a man with a spinal cord injury following a delay in diagnosing a spinal abscess
  • Part of the team who secured damages for a child who had cerebral palsy as a result of negligent treatment provided at the time of her birth