Sarah Walker

Medical Negligence

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Sarah Walker

Director and Solicitor

Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 2001. She is a Director and Deputy Head of our Medical Negligence team.

Medical Negligence

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
Unit 8B, Redbrook Business Park
Wilthorpe Road Barnsley
S75 1JN

Sarah is deputy head of the medical negligence department and leads a specialist team that focus on complex, high value brain injury cases and unusual catastrophic injury claims. These are often the most challenging legal claims that other lawyers invariably turn down as being too challenging or complex.

With over 28 years of deep sector experience Sarah's tenacity and perseverance make her extremely proactive in helping her clients achieve swift access to justice and achieve rehabilitation and compensation.

Notable client settlements over the last 12 months include:

  • Neurological dysfunction as a consequence of damage to brain stem and left cerebral cortex – settlement terms were £1m
  • Following a premature birth, failure to give steroids leading to respiratory distress syndrome and intraventricular haemorrhage leading to permanent brain damage – settlement of £10m plus on full valuation.
  • Failure to adequately control hypertension leading to subarachnoid haemorrhage – settlement terms were lump sum of £1,787,500.00 and periodical payments of £65,000 per year for four years, then £132,500 per year for our clients' lifetime.

Sarah has been accredited with Senior Litigator status by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has been a member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel since 2010.


Sarah is renowned for dealing with intricate and unique high-value cases. With her significant experience and wealth of medical knowledge Sarah expertly leads her team into “achieving the unachievable”.

Sarah has successfully recovered millions of punds in damages fighting for her clients over the years.

A real team player and excellent mentor, Sarah always ensures her team work closely and tirelessly to provide the highest standards of client care and legal expertise for their clients.

Sarah is driven to negotiating hard on behalf of her clients to achieve the very best results for them. This includes obtaining an early admission of liability and apology from the individual or organisation responsible for her client’s injuries, substantial interim payments to help with financial worries and to provide rehabilitation, accommodation, equipment and therapies and ultimately a substantial financial settlement to ensure her client’s lifetime needs are met.

Sarah has an understanding and supportive approach, alongside fearless determination, diligence and a drive to succeed.


Sarah is driven to help Switalskis become a leading national law firm with medical negligence and personal injury excellence.

She was part of the team carrying out the due diligence and integration involved with Atherton Godfrey and Pryers which has resulted in strategic growth with Switalskis’ medical negligence department being one of the largest, most experienced claimant teams in the country.

“Sarah adopts a personable and open approach with her clients and is a knowledgeable, practicable and tenacious litigator with an admirable knowledge of her clients’ needs and interests. Sarah will go above and beyond what is expected and will exceed her client’s expectations in achieving fair and just outcomes for her clients. Sarah is instrumental in bettering the quality of life for her clients and has fought vigorously for each of her clients to achieve a better outlook for them and a happier, brighter future.”

Litigation Friend of Medical Negligence (brain injured) Client


Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023 Winners of Law Firm of the Year LargeYorkshire Legal Awards finalist Personal Injury and Clinical Neglgience 2023Sarah Tipton Walker ranked in chambers and partner uk 2024
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