Interview with Fiona Hedges – International Women’s Day

8th Mar 2013

It’s International Women’s Day today – an occasion dedicated to recognising the achievements of inspirational women across the world.

Here at Mercury Legal, we are celebrating International Women’s Day by profiling the work of one of our fantastic female solicitors, Fiona Hedges.

Fiona heads up the Clinical Negligence department here at Mercury Legal. She has worked in the personal injury and medical negligence field for 11 years and juggles a demanding career with an equally demanding personal life as a mother of three children.

Gavin Moat, Partner at Mercury Legal, says “It’s obvious to everyone that meets Fiona that she has a real passion for clinical negligence work and cares deeply about each and every one of her clients. The clinical negligence department at Mercury Legal has grown rapidly since Fiona took over the running of the team, much of the new work we’ve seen is as a direct result of her growing reputation in what is a very specialist area of law.”

Read our interview with Fiona below.

Fiona, how did you get into the field of law?

I worked as a legal secretary, dealing with child abuse cases for a national defendant firm and took an interest in the analysis and research of the role. At the time I was undertaking a health and social policy degree part time on the Open University which touched on this area. My boss saw potential and persuaded me to convert the degree into law, which I did. Within a year I was running my own case load and I continued from there.

What made you want to specialise in medical negligence claims?

I’d worked in a number of areas of law throughout the period of part-time study (6 years part-time degree) followed by a 2 year part-time Legal Practice Course so it got to the point where I didn’t know what I wanted to do. This was pretty daunting as I was approaching the end of my training contract. I did my last seat in Healthcare which was representing the NHS Litigation Authority. On my first day, I just knew. I took to it very quickly and find it so interesting and varied. No two cases are really the same (although there may be similarities). It’s a fascinating area of law.

You juggle a demanding job and busy family life – how do you find the time to fit it all in?!

I guess I just do! I have never been one to sit around. I get up early, get organised and get on with it. I have an incredibly supportive husband and parents and my children are used to me being busy and determined. I also have a fantastic boss who appreciates that I require some degree of flexibility to get the balance right and that in return, he gets hard work. I try not to take life too seriously and make sure I get some social time.

Describe an ideal day off.

Get up and take the dog for a long walk first thing, then if it is nice I'd like to spend the rest of the day outdoors as much as possible, I love gardening or getting out either cycling or running. Of course, if the weather is cold and damp there’s nothing like a cosy day on the couch watching films or making food and socialising.

What do you find most satisfying about your job?

It’s varied, interesting and I work closely with my clients to bring about a satisfactory outcome ultimately. Sometimes, once investigations are underway, it becomes apparent that there may not be good prospects of success in pursuing a legal claim but they know they have answers to what’s gone on with treatment and care and sometimes, that just gives closure and acceptance to a very difficult time.

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