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Michelle Meakin


Michelle qualified as a solicitor in 2009 after completing her training at a well known Defendant medical negligence firm. Here she worked primarily on behalf of one of the UK’s leading medical defence organisations, defending medical negligence claims on behalf of GPs and private doctors. She also regularly attended Inquests on behalf of local NHS Trusts. She can therefore offer a valuable insight into how ‘the other side’ operates. Michelle regularly offered training seminars to doctors about medical negligence issues.

18 months after qualifying, Michelle decided to “switch sides” and she secured a job at an international Claimant firm based in London. During this time, Michelle dealt with both low and high value medical negligence claims, including claims involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer, accessory nerve damage, orthopaedic injuries and surgical errors.

Michelle joined Girlings Personal Injury Claims in April 2013, was promoted to Senior Associate in 2015, and to Partner in 2019. During this time, Michelle has gained a wealth of experience in complex medical negligence claims. She has secured several six figure settlements for her clients in claims involving negligent surgery, delayed diagnosis and death caused by medical negligence. She has a particular interest in claims involving birth injuries, abdominal surgery, ruptured bowels and vascular medicine (aneurysms and strokes). She has also assisted the head of the department with a multi million pound brain injury claim. She has a reputation for building supportive relationships with her clients and is regarded as caring, approachable and highly efficient.

Michelle is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is accredited by the Foundation for Infant Loss.

Michelle is ranked by the Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer and is highlighted for her 'incredibly efficient attitude and real eye for detail'.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Birth Injuries

  • Brain Injuries

  • Abdominal Surgery

  • Vascular Medicine (Aneurysms and Strokes)

Testimonials from Michelle's recent clients:

Just a note to say thank you once again. You have been amazing. I never in the world thought I would end off with so much money, that will make a big difference to my life. When all this started I thought we might achieve about 20k. I was amazed when the money was in the bank yesterday, I am off today to order my scooter. Thank you so much

To Michelle, Thank you so much for all your help and advice and bringing this matter to a very satisfactory conclusion. Your assistance in the early days made all the difference at a time when i was feeling very low.

My family and i are so grateful for all your hard work because it always pays off when you get the justice of the win. You're a brilliant solicitor, you're not just professional but you're very caring. Would reccomend to anyone. Thank you so much.

Firstly I would like to express my biggest thanks to you both. Without both of you working on the case we wouldn’t have been where we are today. At times I really felt we would never reach an end to this process but last week has proved we have. I want to say thank you for handling my case with professionalism, dignity and care from day one. This hasn’t been an easy process emotionally for me and your regular updates and management has been impeccable. You have finally got the justice and answers. Thank you for taking the time to listen and take the case forward and unpicking the errors that were made that I had felt for so long.

Michelle Meakin was so very supportive right from the start and it was clear that she was very experienced in clinical negligence cases. She had a very professional attitude, but displayed a genuine empathy towards our case, this made us feel extremely comfortable. Michelle communicated extremely well and was always keeping us up to date either by email and telephone and she was always available. A highly rated Barrister was also appointed by Michelle, and this resulted in a very successful outcome. As a family, we will be forever grateful what for what you achieved for our daughter Michelle, we can’t recommend you enough. Thank you to you and your team, you were amazing.