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Proud to support the private screening of Kajaki a BAFTA nominated film about military heroes

Mark Wright GC sadly lost his life in an incident whilst trying to save an injured colleague on a minefield close to the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan. A number of his colleagues also lost limbs and suffered life-changing injuries as a result of the events that day.

MPH Solicitors, which merged with Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Military Injury Claims Team last year, secured justice for Mark’s family following his death, and also acted on behalf of Mark’s colleagues; three of whom lost legs in the four different bomb blasts.

Two of Mark’s colleagues’, Stu Pearson and Andy Barlow, attended the screening along with other military personnel.

Before the screening, guests were invited to attend a welcome drinks reception hosted at Frederick’s restaurant in Angel; a number of military charities attended the event along with London-based Chambers and law firms. Irwin Mitchell Partner, Geraldine McCool, who has worked closely with the families involved in the incident, delivered a special welcome message from Irwin Mitchell and the parents of Mark Wright at the event.

Bob and Jem Wright thanked David Elliot, the lead star, for the portrayal of their son in the film.

Following the exclusive screening, Kajaki’s Director Paul Katis hosted an intimate Q&A session for 35 specially invited guests and employees of Irwin Mitchell. Paul was joined by Lucy Trendle, Associate Producer at Pukka Films and Phoebe Katis, who wrote and performed the music for the film.

Geraldine McCool, Head of our Military Injury Claims Team, said: “This was a fantastic evening to really highlight Kajaki’s success and make sure Mark Wright’s legacy lives on through the film. The incident was extremely tragic and so many people suffered lifechanging injuries, but we were very pleased to secure justice for them and, through events like this, we’ll continue to remember the impact of the minefield incident.”

She continued to say: “It was really special to hear Paul say when he wanted to first move the project forward that he picked up the phone to the solicitors to ask them to talk to the lads and to Bob and Jem, because they were trusted. We are very fortunate to work with and keep links with such special people.”

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