Name: Alison Ainsley
Job Role: Director, Clinical Negligence Department
Area of Expertise: Clinical Negligence
What made you first want to study law?
I was working for the Post Office in Manchester when an opportunity arose for me to move to London. I asked for a transfer and was offered a job in the legal department. I dealt with criminal prosecutions in the main but also civil claims. I developed an interest in assisting the solicitors and started to study for my Legal executive qualification. Once I became a Fellow of the Institute of legal executives, I decided to continue with my studies and become a solicitor. By this time I was working for a defendant personal injury firm. I was offered a job at an office which was due to open in Newcastle upon Tyne and took the opportunity to move. I attended Northumbria University to complete my solicitors exams and qualify.
What makes you passionate about your job?
I moved from defendant based work to claimant work about 16 years ago and decided that this was the work for me. I enjoyed interacting with claimants and looking at the work from a completely different angle. I am committed to claimant work and I'm a law society clinical negligence panel member and senior litigator within the Association of personal injury lawyers.
Why did you choose to work at Longdens?
I was looking to move to a firm with a bigger team and work that only involved clinical negligence claims. I knew two of the senior members of the team and so made an approach. I have not looked back since and became a Director within the firm in March 2016.
What does your job role entail?
I am a senior member of the team. I look at new enquiries, help with the supervision of the team, and deal with my own caseload of complex clinical negligence cases.
What makes Longdens different to other firms?
The clinical negligence work at Longdens is exclusively for claimants. There is a large team and a great variety in the type of cases within the team.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I often arrive early and settle down to checking emails, dealing with the days post and responding to clients enquiries by telephone or email, before carrying on meetings and appointments during the day. When possible I like to try and go to the gym two or three times a week and ride my horse at every given opportunity!
If you could try another profession, what would it be?
Professional dressage rider.
Favourite hobbies/interests outside of work?
Horseriding (dressage showjumping and shorter distance (up to 45km) endurance riding) and I love to run although getting older means that I am now slower than a herd of turtles running through mud. I enjoy going to the gym two or three times a week and if I ever find time, I read.
If you feel like you have experienced a case of clinical negligence, please contact us on 0191 566 500 or complete our short enquiry form and a solicitor like Alison will be in touch.