Yorkshire law firm Switalskis Solicitors has promoted two of its experienced associate solicitors – Amy Clowrey and Natalie Cosgrove – to directors, reinforcing the firm’s commitment to nurturing talent.
Amy Clowrey and Natalie Cosgrove joined Switalskis in 2016 and both became associate solicitors after successfully completing the company’s Associate Development Programme. Amy is a key member of Switalskis Solicitors’ award-winning child abuse claims team, promoting the rights of, and access to justice for, victims of child sexual abuse. Natalie specialises in medical negligence and inquests, working tirelessly for parents affected by birth injuries and infant deaths.
From Rotherham, Amy decided to pursue a career in child abuse claims as the high-profile and disturbing Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal unravelled. Her work has further helped place institutional failings in the national spotlight. Amy has also led Switalskis to represent over 600 Lambeth Children’s Home abuse survivors and securing over £18m in settlements to help them rebuild their lives. Amy personally represented 28 survivors of abuse in Lambeth at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Lambeth. For her work Amy was awarded as Rising Star at the Modern Law Awards 2018 and shortlisted for Rising Star at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2021.
Says Amy: “I want to make a difference, to enact change so that history doesn’t repeat itself and that care is made better for everybody. I am driven by achieving the best outcomes for clients and I am looking forward to the challenges that being a director will present, especially as the group continues to grow which will inevitably spark further development opportunities.”
A former barrister and named Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards in November, Natalie has been at the forefront of high-profile cases representing families affected by failures in maternity care. Natalie contributed to an investigation with The Independent and Channel 4 into the maternity care provided by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, whilst liaising with the Care Quality Commission, which led to a review. Natalie and her team of four solicitors and trainees represent over 60 Nottingham families as part of the review and Natalie has become the voice of affected families.
Says Natalie: “Becoming a director is the start of a new chapter whilst also being a reflection of my hard work so far. It gives clients further reassurance that I have passed a rigorous process and have the skills, experience and expertise to become a director. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure better care for all, but we continue to rise to the challenge so that real improvements in standards are made, for the benefit of individuals and families and also for those working within the healthcare sector.”
John Durkan, managing director at Switalskis group says: “Amy and Natalie truly are inspirational lawyers. It is evident that they are both driven by the desire to effect change for good and I have the utmost respect for them. Their passion, integrity and tenacity in supporting individuals and families they represent is remarkable. Client care is paramount in their specialist areas of law and Amy and Natalie demonstrate sensitivity and empathy for each and every client they represent. I wish them every success in their roles as directors and I am immensely proud to have them as senior members of the Switalskis group.”