Supporting women who have suffered severe perineal injury during childbirth which results in bowel incontinence is more than about providing legal advice. The solicitor you choose needs to understand the problems you are facing, needs to know where to find the support and treatment you require, needs to focus on improving your quality of life, as well as providing the best legal advice. Clarke Willmott LLP is a national law firm with offices across the country and a long history of representing injured people in clinical negligence cases. A top ranked firm by Legal 500 with Chambers top ranked lawyers, we are always happy to discuss your concerns.

Kerry Fifield is a Partner and Team Manager of the Clinical Negligence department and has over 20 years of experience in acting for Claimants in complex clinical negligence claims.  Kerry has a particular interest in birth injury claims acting for both mothers and children following complications and negligence at birth. Kerry is recognised as an  expert in her field as accredited Panel Member for AvMA and the Law Society. Kerry can be contacted by e-mail at or by telephone on  0345 209 1268

Chris Thorne heads the Clarke Willmott  clinical negligence team and has over 30 years experience dealing with clinical negligence claims. Reviews note that he is “one of the most empathetic lawyers I have met,” while a client adds: “His strength lies in understanding how the claimant feels. He shows compassion, empathy and support.” Chris has dealt with many perineal tear cases over the years, as well as a range of complex obstetric and gynaecological cases. Chris is an accredited member of the Law Society specialist Clinical Negligence panel. Chris is always happy to discuss cases informally and without obligation. Based in the South West of England, Chris can be contacted at or 0345 209 1461.

Gemma Osgood is a Senior Associate based in Southampton, but covers London, and the whole of the South East. Gemma has been a clinical negligence solicitor since she qualified in 2008 and over the years has dealt with all types of clinical negligence claims. Among these have been claims relating to gynaecological care and birth injuries both to the child and the mother, and including anal sphincter injuries to the mother which result from birth.

Gemma is a member of the Law Society Clinical negligence panel and is also an accredited Senior Litigator with APIL. Gemma is featured in the Chambers Directory as ‘an associate to watch’ and is described as being “very proactive and good at working with clients.”

Clients say “She’s great. She really stuck by me and came through for us, and did a fantastic job.”

 Gemma can be contacted at or on 0345 209 1792 or you can follow Gemma on Twitter @GemmaOsgood or Linked in or at gemma

Marguarita Tyne is a partner, covering our Bristol and Birmingham offices and has many years of experience in obstetric and gynaecological injury claims.  Marguarita is accredited as a Clinical Negligence specialist by both the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) on their panel schemes.  She works closely with and supports the work of both AVMA and APIL in promoting the interests of injured patients and their families.  In the Legal 500, she is recognised as a ‘superb solicitor’. Marguarita can be contacted on or 0345 209 1055

Sarah Jones is a clinical negligence specialist solicitor with an interest in Women’s Health.  She has represented women in the full range of obstetric and gynaecology investigations, including birth trauma, shoulder dystocia and severe perineal tear cases.  She works with clients who are left with incontinence after childbirth, including those requiring catheters, stomas and repair surgery.   Sarah sits on the management board for Disabled Living UK which includes the charity, Bowel and Bladder UK.  She has represented women in the Sling the Mesh campaign (vaginal mesh).  Sarah understands the psychological impact of these cases and takes pride in sensitively guiding clients through the legal process as they rebuild their lives.  She is based in Manchester but supports women across the North and Midlands.  Sarah can be contacted on or 0345 209 1601