Ipek Tugcu

Ipek is an Associate solicitor with over 10 years experience in acting for those harmed due to negligence.  She joined Bolt Burdon Kemp in 2012, and manages a team specialising in adult brain injury cases.  Ipek works closely with Suzanne Trask on complex and high value claims.  She is assisted by Kate O’Brien.

Throughout her career, Ipek has represented both children and adults with challenging and high value negligence claims against NHS Trusts, GPs and private doctors.  She has also assisted families with Coroner investigations and at inquest hearings, where they have lost loved ones due to substandard medical treatment.  Her past experience has lead to her specialising in acting for adults who have suffered brain injuries due to negligence or accidents.

Ipek has particular expertise acting for patients who have suffered strokes, brain tumours, brain abscesses and infections such as encephalitis. Her notable successes include settlements for:

  • An adult who suffered brain injury from a cerebral abscess.  This was due to the negligence of two GPs, which caused a delay in the diagnosis of The patient required surgery and had a prolonged rehabilitation period, following which he suffered physical, cognitive and psychiatric injuries.  The claim was settled against both GPs, despite their initial refusals to accept blame;
  • An adult who suffered a stroke whilst in hospital, due to negligent withdrawal of anti-coagulants, leading to significant physical and cognitive injuries.  The patient required extensive assistive technology and adaptations to her home and received a full care package.  Prior to settlement, a six-figure interim payment was obtained to fund much-needed treatment.  Upon settlement, a full apology, as well as further compensation, was received from the NHS Trust;
  • An adult who suffered a brain injury when blood was negligently withdrawn, allowing a blood clot to pass through a patent foramen ovale and cause a stroke.  Her client suffered loss of earnings, needed new accommodation and required assistance with day to day activities.  A full apology, as well as compensation, was received from the NHS Trust;
  • Groups of patients who have suffered negligent medical treatment from rogue doctors who have caused harm to multiple patients, including claims against Roderick Irvine – gynaecologist, Ian Paterson – breast surgeon, Roger Bainton – maxillofacial doctor and Simon Lambert – shoulder surgeon.

Ipek seeks to obtain compensation and rehabilitation for her clients as quickly as possible, and works with independent financial advisers to ensure appropriate support and assistance is provided both during and after a case.

Ipek is of dual nationality (Turkish-Belgian) and speaks fluent Turkish.

She supports Headway East London, where she has acted as a mentor to two gentlemen who have suffered brain injuries.  She regularly attends fundraising events and support groups in their Hackney branch.  She is passionate about raising awareness of sepsis and encephalitis, having previously represented both children and adults who have been affected.

 Media Contributions

Head strikes in cricket – Cricketworld

Roy Keane’s concussion comments point to a man and a sport still out of touch with the times – The Independent

Don’t overlook sepsis, a bigger killer than cancer – HSJ

Funding cuts place care home in crisis – Care Talk

The Encephalitis Society named UK’s charity of the year (2017) – Yorkshire Business

Professional memberships

  • Headway East London
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator
  • Ipek, thank you for your hard work. My words fail me to express how grateful I am to have been in your professional hands. It's a good relief for justice to take place. Even though I will not forget the pain at least I am happy with the results and grateful for your hard work. As a customer I applaud your hard work and trust in your organisation.

    Gladys Clarry

  • Ipek exceeded my expectations. The service I received from Bolt Burdon Kemp was absolutely excellent. I was always kept up to date with everything and was always informed about what the next steps were. All my questions were always answered without hesitation. I couldn't have hoped for a better or more friendly service.

    Charlie Webb

  • "Ipek's assistance with my Father's medical negligence claim was second to none, she kept me informed, really progressed matters and showed genuine empathy with myself and my family. Having previously enquired with another firm I was so pleased we chose Bolt Burden Kemp as we weren't just another number and we felt like we mattered to Ipek & the firm."

    Rachael Waring

  • “Ipek and Suzanne... have been amazing, extremely empathetic and understanding...I was really amazed.”

    Dorthe Kaehne Schmidt

  • I would like to take this opportunity to say how much my husband and I appreciated Ipek's professionalism, communication skills and, not least, the care and attention she devoted to my case every step along the way from its inception to its conclusion.

    Anonymous

  • “Ipek, I would like to thank you for all your hard work in settling this for me; you have been supportive, professional & sensitive throughout & have given me the confidence to pursue justice for what has been a very traumatic & challenging experience & I am so grateful for your efforts.”

    Medical Negligence client

  • Ipek Tugcu she was so helpful and very understanding in a very difficult time.

    Mr S Jennings

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