Legal Advice

Welcome to the MASIC foundation legal support services

From time to time, most of us in our lifetime need the expertise of a lawyer. Mothers who suffer from bowel incontinence after childbirth may wish to discuss their circumstances with a law firm with expertise in providing support and advice about available facilities for people with this condition.

As an organisation that supports mothers who have sustained these injuries, we cannot emphasise enough how important it is to seek advice from lawyers who have a wide experience in obstetric practice. It is also important that the law firm provide a high-quality professional service, are sympathetic and understanding when listening to accounts that are often distressing to the mother. It can be important to know about those lawyers who are willing, where necessary, to visit the family in their home because so many mothers find it so difficult to travel.

The MASIC foundation has created a network of legal partners to ensure those needing advice receive reliable support from people who who are compassionate about the consequences of these injuries. Discussions with these lawyers may cover a range of topics such as employment rights, access to specialist services that may not normally be available, the cost of support services or better facilities for coping with the condition at home, a claim for loss of earnings or the emotional consequences of an avoidable injury.

The following law firms are recommended by the trustees of our charity

Leigh Day Small

Based in London and Manchester but caring for mothers across the UK, the legal team at Leigh Day are ranked tier 1 in the independent legal directory the Legal 500. They are praised for having ‘a large pool of shared knowledge and expertise’ in complex claims involving life-changing injuries or difficult question of law and ethics. Birth injury claims specialist Suzanne White is known for her ‘enthusiasm and advocacy of her clients’ rights’. Sally-Jean Nicholes is a ‘shrewd lawyer with great judgement’ and is ‘committed to get the best result for her clients without losing sight of what is achievable’. Find out more about the team here.


Sally-Jean Nicholes

Sally-Jean acts for claimants in cases resulting in brain damage, severe disabilities or injury arising from negligent obstetric treatment. Chambers guide to the legal profession 2019 says: “Sally-Jean Nicholes is a ‘shrewd lawyer with great judgement’ and is ‘committed to get the best result for her clients without losing sight of what is achievable’.”

Call: 020 7650 1281
email: sjn@leighday.co.uk


Suzanne White

Suzanne has a particular interest in birth injury claims and injuries to mothers during childbirth. Chambers guide to the legal profession 2019 says: “Market sources highlight Suzanne for her “forensic ability and commitment to clients,” while one client highlights her for her “ability to communicate diligently to clients in difficult circumstances.”

Call: 020 7650 1216
email: swhite@leighday.co.uk
Follow Suzanne on Twitter: @White_Suz


Maria Panteli

Maria is a member of the clinical negligence department and is an APIL accredited litigator, a member of AvMA and the Clinical Negligence, Brain Injury, Child Injury and Child Abuse Special Interest Groups of APIL. Her cases include obtaining £90,000 for a young woman whose third degree tear was missed when she gave birth for the first time.

Call: 020 7650 124
email: mpanteli@leighday.co.uk
Follow Maria on Twitter: @m_panteli


Emmalene Bushnell

Emmalene is an experienced clinical negligence lawyer who joined Leigh Day in November 2004. She handles a wide range of cases, but has particular interest in birthing and gynaecology claims arising out of cerebral palsy, third and fourth degree tears, shoulder dystocia, ectopic pregnancy and surgery.

Call: 020 7650 1262
email: ebushnell@leighday.co.uk
Follow Emmalene on Twitter@emma_bushnell


Sanja Strkljevic

Sanja specialises exclusively in clinical negligence claims. Sanja has a particular interest in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has significant experience acting for women who have been injured during childbirth and has settled a number of perineal tear cases, securing six-figure sums of compensation for clients. Read Sanja’s blog, Let’s talk about incontinence.

Call: 020 7650 1221
email: sstrkljevic@leighday.co.uk
Follow Sanja on Twitter: @SanjaCN