Sue is a Partner and deals exclusively with claimant clinical negligence claims. She is, a member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), is accredited by the Foundation for Infant Loss has been a Legal 500 recommended lawyer
She qualified in 2009 and joined Girlings in February 2011. She was promoted to a Senior Associate in 2015, and in January 2019 she was appointed as a Partner. Prior to joining Girlings, Sue worked for a major insurer defending high value personal injury claims.
Sue is approachable and open minded. She has a particular interest in medically complex and high value / catastrophic claims. She is a highly regarded Next Generation Lawyer with a breadth of expertise including cases concerning brain injury, delayed diagnosis of cancer, amputation, fatal injury claims, and birthing injury.
Notable concluded cases include:-
• £2.225 million settlement in a claim concerning the delayed diagnosis of Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1, which resulted in bilateral above knee amputations, severely compromised bilateral hand function and reduction of the client’s life expectancy. Just prior to settlement the client was sadly informed his life expectancy was severely reduced to 3 years.
• Settlement for a client who suffered a permanent foot drop following nerve damage caused by a GP during removal of a leg cyst. With the settlement, the client was able to purchase a new home that could be adapted for her disability as well as to fund her need for life-long care.
• Settlement of a claim concerning failure to adequately observe a patient who was receiving naloxone treatment following a morphine overdose, which resulted in pulmonary aspiration, septic shock and the development of Post Intensive Care syndrome.
• Settlement of a claim arising from a delay in identifying and treating a post-operative infection which resulted in a below knee amputation. Liability was disputed by the defendant but was nevertheless settled at a round table meeting.
• Settlement following mediation of a disputed claim against a GP for negligently removing a melanoma which resulted in metastatic spread and death of the patient.
• Settlement of a claim concerning death of a baby following negligent closure of a patent arterial duct.
Sue is recognised as a consistent high achiever within the firm, who regularly secures settlements for clients whether by ‘round table meetings’, negotiations, or mediations. She is a meticulous and committed lawyer and has been commended for her efficiency and attention to detail. Sue’s strength lies in her ability to establish rapport and trust with clients, who in many cases have lost faith with professionals. Her clients have thanked Sue for her ‘hard work’, ‘professional care’, and ability to explain difficult to grasp issues.
Legal 500 Testimonials:
'Sue Man has a quiet and open-minded manner belying a tenacious approach to her work. Above all, she was meticulous with breathtaking attention to detail and an ability to communicate emotionally difficult information in a gentle and concise manner. It was a privilege to employ her services.'
'Sue Man is a hardworking and applied lawyer with good attention to detail. Likewise, she is alive to the commercial realities of clinical negligence work.'
Delayed diagnosis of cancer
I approached Sue Man at the company who gave me some advice about a potential negligence claim that left my daughter disabled.
I have to say that it was some of the most thorough, but concise information I have ever been given.
Sue's ability to get to the facts with speed are impressive!
Thank you for your time, your empathy and your professionalism.
Thank you so much for all your help on my claim for compensation. You were so helpful, explaining everything when I didn’t understand. Nothing was too much trouble. I wouldn’t hesitate to come to you if I need a solicitor in the future.