Ipek is a Partner 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 Caroline Klage on complex and high value claims. She is assisted by Alexandra Cain.
The Legal 500 2023 say ‘Ipek Tugcu is a determined and dogged litigator with a growing reputation. She manages to bring a smile to even the toughest of negotiations.’
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 led 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 car accidents, strokes and hypoxic brain injuries. Her notable successes include settlements for:
- A young adult who suffered a traumatic brain injury and orthopaedic injuries after being in a car accident. Despite being previously independent, our client needed extensive physical and psychological treatment and will require lifelong assistance with his day to day needs. A seven-figure settlement was obtained;
- An adult who suffered brain injury from a cerebral abscess following negligent GP delay in the diagnosis of a cholesteatoma. 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- An adult who suffered a stroke when blood was negligently withdrawn, allowing a blood clot to pass through a hole in her heart (patent foramen ovale). Our 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;
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, offering pro-bono legal advice. She volunteers with brain injury patients at the Royal London Hospital, alongside Headway East London, as part of the ‘Better Together’ project.
She is passionate about raising awareness, and improving protocols, of brain injury in sports, particularly football. She has had a number of articles published on this matter, and taken part in radio and podcast interviews.
Returning to work after a brain injury – People Management
Coronavirus – catastrophic for brain injured – All Together Now
Brain injury in athletes – scoring legal own goals – The Law Society Gazette
Dementia in sports: an ongoing headache – Solicitors Journal
Head strikes in cricket – Cricketworld
- Headway East London
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator
- Acquired Brain Injury London member (ABIL)
- UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF)
- Accredited Clinical Negligence Specialist