Kate O'Brien

Kate is a solicitor specialising in medical negligence. She joined Bolt Burdon Kemp as a newly qualified solicitor in November 2016.

During Kate’s training contract, she managed a number of successful claims, and was able to win compensation for patients who had suffered negligent orthopaedic, vascular, ophthalmic, cosmetic and dental treatment. She has worked on behalf of both adults and children who received negligent medical care, and has also represented families of those who have died as a result of negligent treatment.

As part of her training, Kate also gained experience with medical product liability claims, specifically those involving defective hip and knee prostheses. She also advised clients on issues involving wills and probate, and has drawn on her knowledge in this area when acting on behalf of families who have sadly lost a loved one.

Kate assists Ipek Tugcu, Senior Solicitor, with a broad variety of cases for both adults and children. She has particular experience in cases involving cancer, surgical errors and where patients have died due to negligence. She pursues claims against individual doctors and both public and private healthcare providers. In addition to working with Ipek, Kate also assists Suzanne Trask, the firm’s Head of Medical Negligence, with complex and high value claims.

Kate completed her law degree at the University of Limerick in 2010 and also holds a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University College Dublin. After finishing her studies, she worked as a court reporter in Australia for one year, where she was particularly interested in Coroner’s inquests, where a court investigates the circumstances of a death.