Firm Trained With
Bolt Burdon (now Bolt Burdon Kemp)
I have recently joined the Injury team at McMillan Williams having for the last 10 years worked for a dedicated personal injury department in a firm on the South coast. I have worked as a claimant personal injury lawyer for my whole post-qualified career and regard it as my vocation. I gain huge satisfaction from helping clients to rebuild their lives following injury - from securing appropriate rehabilitation and early interim payments, to obtaining the best medical prognosis and treatment and to maximising the final settlement.
I specialise in high value and complex claims involving brain, spinal and serious/multiple orthopaedic injuries. I also have a particular interest in psychiatric injury and the interface with chronic pain disorders and debilitating injury that can arise even after relatively minor accidents. I have wide experience in acting for the victims of road traffic accidents and accidents at work, especially on construction sites and arising from manual handling. I relish the challenge of "difficult" and unusual claims.
I believe passionately that accident victims should have access to high-quality legal advice and representation close to where they live and should not have to accept the remote and impersonal service often foisted on them by legal expenses insurers or by claims companies. All accidents and injuries are unique and their effects are shaped by the character, circumstances and experiences of the victim and the best lawyers listen and learn that only by taking the time to understand the full impact of an accident on a client's life, work and family can they hope to properly represent their client's interests and to achieve the best possible outcome.
Awards, Accreditations and Memberships
- Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
- Secretary of the APIL South East Region since 2007
- I recently settled a claim involving a trip over an abandoned road sign; a cut knee that became chronically infected; partial knee reconstruction surgery; subsequent chronic pain, depression and morphine dependency; rehabilitation and detoxification; relapse and morphine overdose; hypoxic brain injury and ongoing cognitive deficit. I argued unbroken chain of causation. The Defendant partially resiled from an early admission and threw the kitchen sink at my client including allegations of contributory negligence on the original accident and the overdose, contribution from the client's GP, and allegations of factitious disorder. Nevertheless, the claim settled at a mediation hearing for £975,000 and was approved by a High Court Master as the client remained under a disability.
- I also recently settled 2 road traffic cases taken over from solicitors instructed by legal expenses insurers for £195,000 and £165,000 where the clients had sustained serious multiple orthopaedic injuries but where the original solicitors were advising acceptance of offers of less than £10,000. In one of the claims, I secured an interim payment and a rehabilitation package to enable the client to undergo complex ankle surgery. In the other I used a forensic accountant to quantify complex business losses.
- I have acted in many road traffic, workplace accident and public liability claims involving 6 figure settlements.
Work in the Community / Pro Bono Work
- Over the years, I have advised at various law centres and Citizens Advice Bureaux and worked as a volunteer caseworker at the legal charity, Justice.
- I have recently been volunteering for Headway (the brain injury charity) at its drop-in advice service in Brighton.
- I assist with the organisation and coaching of a youth football team in Brighton.
- At my previous firm, I organised a very successful annual charity beach volleyball tournament raising £1,000's for St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing.