Fletchers Solicitors has set up a specialist high-value medical injury unit within its growing clinical negligence practice and appointed a solicitor with 30 years’ experience in the field to lead the team.

Mark Tempest joins from national firm Irwin Mitchell where he was a partner in the Leeds office handling clinical negligence and serious injury cases.

Prior to that Mark had spent 21 years as a partner at York law firm, Harrowells, where he built a national reputation for the firm in both serious personal injury and clinical negligence, including some groundbreaking cases and class actions. Mark has a long track record of delivering successful outcomes to seriously injured clients, including many multi-million-pound court awards and settlements.

In between his appointments at Harrowells and Irwin Mitchell, Mark spent a valuable three years at Hempsons’ Harrogate office, representing the NHS, an experience which has deepened his understanding of both sides of the process and makes him better able to achieve results for his clients.

The new unit has been created in response to the increasing volume of cases that the firm is attracting and underlines the firm’s commitment to serving clients with the most serious and life changing injuries.

Mark Tempest said: ‘Fletchers’ dedication to serving clients with serious injury, whether as a result of accidents or clinical negligence, is second to none and matches my own approach to the work. I am delighted to be joining them and really looking forward to helping build on their success to date.’

Ed Fletcher, chief executive, said: ‘It’s a pleasure to welcome Mark on board. He brings with him many wonderful years of experience, including handling the most challenging cases together with his experience of developing teams of lawyers.

‘I have no doubt that his skills, knowledge and dedication to his clients will make him a valuable addition here at Fletchers Solicitors.’