About

Hi, I’m a Clinical Negligence Solicitor and Managing Partner of a full service law firm in North East England. I qualified as a solicitor in 1976 and have dealt with Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence claims for over 35 years, specialising in high value cases. I am a member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. As Managing Partner of Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors, I insist that the interests of the client will always come first, even if my beloved Sunderland FC don't always follow suit!



Malpractice at birth – Compensation for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy can result when a child is born with loss of oxygen, leading to brain damage or physical disabilities or a combination of both. Where this is a direct result of a medical error this can result in awards


You Say Whiplash I Say Website

The Truth Behind the Drop in UK Car Insurance Premiums? It was widely reported this week that UK motor insurance premiums were dropping. Comparison website confused.com and risk management company Towers Watson presented their latest findings highlighting a year on


Clinical Negligence – Why you should choose a specialist solicitor

As a result of the government’s crackdown on legal costs in relation to personal injury claims there has been a large increase in the number of non-specialist firms turning to clinical negligence claims.  This is a dangerous development because it


Compensation Settlements – How to ensure you make the most of your money

One of the most satisfying parts of my job as Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence is seeing our clients secure significant and entirely justifiable compensation settlements.  Increasingly these settlements relate to injuries caused as a result of negligence


The truth behind medical negligence costs

I read recently that the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) were on the warpath, seeking to clamp down on “so called” unwarranted costs built in to the claims process by specialist negligence law firms.  Catherine Dixon, chief executive of


Is this the end of British justice as we know it?

In a landmark case, the Court of Appeal have determined that justice in an individual case should take second place to compliance with rules of the Court.  In other words the relationship between justice and procedure has changed so that


Adding insult to injury

Margaret Hodge, chair of the Commons public accounts committee recently commented in connection to the legal fees associated with patient claims relating to the catalogue of mistreatment cases at Mid Staffs Hospital. Hodge suggested patients families who had made claims


Why Hartlepool, Sunderland and Newcastle top Mesothelioma league

A recent report from the Health & Safety Executive indicates that the UK tops the world table of asbestos-related industrial diseases and several locations in the North-East of England have been outlined as ‘hotspots’ for the lung condition, Mesothelioma. Statistics related to


The Life of PI – the importance of choosing the right personal injury firm

Due to our robust and effective business model, client care and marketing we have steered clear of costly and often ineffective marketing arrangements.  We were delighted to see that the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority (SRA) banned referral agreements from 1st April


Why maternity units continue to fail parents

Recently the National Audit Office published a report stating that widespread shortages of midwives and consultants are leading to poor maternity provision, and that this in turn has led to one fifth of the maternity budget being spent on compensation claims.