Staff Profile

Michelle Gyte
Solicitor / Head of Clinical Negligence
Michelle Gyte
0114 249 6695
Based at: Sheffield Bridge Street
Qualified: 2001
Joined Howells: 2010
Practice Area: Clinical Negligence
Memberships: Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel

Michelle has worked with clients in the field of Clinical Negligence for over 20 years. She joined Howells in 2010 where she became Head of the Clinical Negligence Team who all aim to provide quality service to patients who have suffered harm as a result of medical accidents.

She has dealt with a wide range of clinical negligence cases that have arisen out of treatment received from GP’s, dentists, opticians, pharmacy’s, walk in centres and hospitals.

Michelle specialises in complex clinical negligence cases in which clients have often suffered life changing injuries as well as the families of those who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of a medical accident. She also acts for patients and minors who are incapable for bringing a claim on their own behalf.

She has practiced in Barnsley and Sheffield throughout her career and is well known in the South Yorkshire area.

Testimonials

I can see it has been a very difficult claim to value and I can say that no amount of money can replace what you have lost. The law is a very blunt instrument and it cannot turn back the clock. You have made a very fortunate choice of legal representation who have done a fantastic job of persuading the Defendants to part with a large sum of money. I am certain that no legal team could have done better.” HH Judge Robinson, Sept 2021

“Honest and friendly. Michelle and her team have been part of my life for the last 6 years. I've always found them to be dedicated, motivated and very resilient. The team are friendly and approachable. They have always communicated information in an honest manner while being empathetic to my situation. They are adaptable and flexible and aware of my needs. There knowledge is outstanding and reassures clients that the team are competent and capable of delivering.” July 2021

“I have found staff at Howells very professional and kind and understanding. The solicitors are very professional and kind. Also always keep you up to date with everything that’s happened with one’s case. Nicola Mosley and Michelle Gyte have been top notch in everything they do. I can never thank Howells and staff enough for taking my case on when other law firms were pretty poor. Thank you to all staff at Howells.” – John Bloodworth

“This was a case where there were litigation risks and that a discount was appropriate. The proposed order was good and accurate and a sensible way to deal with the case. It seems to be a complex clinical negligence case where it is important that the parties’ legal representatives have plainly identified the risks to both parties. The proposed order accurately and sensibly reflects the risks. The parties are to be commended for diligence and common sense and it is hoped that the matter can proceed to an award of damages for the claimant and rescheduled in due course.” – HHJ Gargan

Notable Cases

A six-figure sum was successfully agreed on behalf of a client who lacked capacity to handle his own affairs arising out of a complex delay in diagnosis of cauda equina case. The damages has significantly assisted the client who remained severely disabled and in need of substantial levels of care and personal support. The family of Michelle’s client commented:

‘We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Howell's solicitors. We are extremely impressed with their thorough and in depth knowledge of our case. Your expertise and friendly service has helped us to get through the last 7 years. We are delighted with the service we have received and over the moon with the outcome of the claim. We can now look forwards to a brighter future.’

Professional Recommendations

Michelle is ranked in both in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK in relation to her work conducted on behalf of clinical negligence clients.

Chambers UK

The prestigious Chambers UK 2022 guide ranks the department highly and says Howells is a “noteworthy team offering a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. Further experience in claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital care, including severe birth injuries and delayed diagnoses. Also acts on spinal injury claims, amputations and fatal accidents. The department possesses significant experience in medical inquests.”

“They go the extra mile for the client and are highly efficient.”

Michele Gyte is named as a Star Associate in this area of law and that she is “A very good lawyer – technical, conscientious and hard-working.”

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2022 recommends Howells Clinical Negligence department, saying “Michelle Gyte directs the clinical negligence offering at Howells Solicitors. A specialist in birth injury and fatal accidents, she oversees a team notable for its expertise in niche areas such as prison healthcare, inquests and the interests of secondary victims. Notably the firm also covers matters arising from mental health care, purported violations of the Human Rights Act and supports families during inquests linked to the coronial process.”