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Auriana Griffiths

Auriana Griffiths

Location: London

Auriana is a Partner in the London office and heads up one of the Medical Law and Patients' Rights teams. She joined Irwin Mitchell in 2006 following the merger with Alexander Harris. Auriana has specialised in Clinical Negligence since 1997.

Auriana predominantly specialises in obstetric and birth injury cases including cerebral and Erb's palsy, wrongful birth and neonatal death. However, she also handles complex and high value Fatal Accident Act cases as well as neurosurgical and spinal cases.

Auriana has settled a large number of cases during her career. Notable cases include £5.5m for a child with cerebral palsy caused by delay in identifying uterine rupture; £1m for a woman misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome when in fact she suffered from spinal cord compression, £2.8m for a 73 year old woman suffering from quadriplegia due to a delay in diagnosing and treating a spinal abscess and £4.5m for the wrongful birth of a severely disabled child.

A number of Auriana's cases have been high profile. Auriana represented some of the men injured in the TGN1412 Drug Trial tragedy at the Parexel Unit attached to Northwick Park Hospital in March 2006. She acted for the family of a gentleman whose body was mixed up with another in a mortuary. She represented pop singer Pete Burns and recovered £450,000 arising out of negligent cosmetic surgery. She acts for the parents of a baby who died at 2 days of age after the hospital staff failed to appreciate the mother was in labour and later failed to diagnose that the baby was in distress - the baby was born without a heartbeat and despite resuscitation, died 2 days later. All these cases have been covered in the national press.

Auriana has written articles and delivers training both internally within IM and also to external groups and charities. In the 2010’s Legal 500, an international guide on legal service providers, Auriana was described as “first class”, “knowledgeable and caring”, as well as a “tower of strength” for her clients.

Chambers 2014 describes Auriana as "hard-working, sound in her analysis and excellent at client contact."

Auriana is a keen supporter of charities and regularly takes part in fundraising activities