Natalie Cosgrove is a specialist Clinical Negligence Associate Solicitor based in Sheffield.
Natalie qualified as a Barrister in 2008 and cross qualified as a Solicitor in 2011. She has specialised in clinical negligence since 2011. Natalie joined Switalskis Solicitors in November 2016 along with other members of the Clinical Negligence team in Sheffield.
Natalie runs her own caseload of clinical negligence cases as well as providing assistance to Director Janet Baker on cerebral palsy and maximum severity brain injury cases. She also has an interest in business development, assisting with the marketing of the department and the firm.
As a professional dedicated to supporting local causes, Natalie commits much of her spare time to working with a range of South Yorkshire-based charities and not-for-profit organisations. Current voluntary roles include Ambassador for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Trustee for Sheffield Mencap and Gateway. She is also the Honorary Secretary of the Sheffield and District Law Society and Vice President of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies.
Contact Natalie Cosgrove on 0114 349 2300
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We asked Natalie:
Q: What do your clients like about you?
A: I am a people person and I genuinely care about the welfare of each of my clients. My clients like that I can always be contacted and I am always there to listen. They also like that I will fight tooth and nail for a remedy for them, be it an explanation, apology or compensation.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: It is a real privilege to be able to meet with and provide legal help and support to my clients, some of whom are the most vulnerable people in society. I genuinely believe in achieving the best possible outcomes for my clients and this is what drives from to day to day. I also love that every day is different, and every day you learn something new.
Q: Why did you choose to specialise in Clinical Negligence?
A: I was volunteering for Citizens Advice and supported myself financially by working part time drafting chronologies for medical records. I found the complexity of the legal issues fascinating. After that, the firm asked me to cross qualify, I joined the Clinical Negligence team as a Newly Qualified Solicitor and have never looked back.
I am a trained advocate, and this led me into the area of representing families at inquests. This can often be a traumatic process and I enjoy being able to provide legal support and representation to families, from their first point of contact with the firm to the conclusion of the inquest.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: I am active in many organisations outside of work, the majority of which are complementary to the work I do as a Clinical Negligence Solicitor and feed into my professional experience.
I am a former President of the Sheffield and District Law Society, where I currently sit as an Honorary Secretary, the Vice President of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies, and a Committee Member of the Yorkshire Lawyers Support Trust. I am also a Committee Member of the South Yorkshire Medico Legal Society who present talks throughout the autumn and winter to lawyers, doctors and allied professions.
In addition, I am a Trustee for Sheffield Mencap and Gateway which is a superb charity which supports people with learning disabilities in Sheffield. I am also the Head of the charity’s Fundraising Committee.
I also volunteer for two children’s charities: Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, where I am currently acting as an Ambassador, and Free Cakes for Kids: Sheffield.