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I am a senior solicitor in the Serious Injury team in Sheffield, dealing almost solely with individuals who have suffered brain injury (or fatal injuries) usually as a result of road traffic collisions. My particular expertise is working with young people, as they progress through adolescence and into early adulthood.
It is such a long time ago that I pursued law as a career, that I can barely remember what inspired me, but I have always had a strong sense of justice and I think this initially inspired me to pursue a legal career.
I particularly enjoy the practical aspects of my job, utilising my problem solving skills and helping clients and their families to come to terms with what has happened to them. Enabling clients to achieve success and fulfilment in other ways is a very rewarding aspect of my job.
I enjoy the fact that I can specialise in working with people with brain injury. I don’t have to be a “jack of all trades and master of none”. I also value the support networks which are in place.
My client Danielle won Lex’s Legacy Pride of the Isle 2016 ‘Most Inspirational’ award after suffering a life-threatening brain injury at 18.
"Thank you again for all the work you did for us and which allowed X to have the happy life she now has." - Client's stepfather
“It was a fabulous day. What a privilege to raise funds for Support Dogs in such amazing surroundings. Thanks to all who took part - we really appreciate everyone's support.”
“Having a brain injury can result in victims not being able to complete simple everyday tasks that others take for granted. It is important for their recovery that they are encouraged to relearn skills and to live as independently as possible. What has happened will be a blow to Danielle’s confidence but hopefully she will now bounce back, staff at the pub will learn from this and others will take note to prevent similar situations occurring in future.
“Danielle has already amazed doctors and therapists with her recovery so far and has a great support network around, especially her family. We will continue to support her with her rehabilitation and encourage her to get her life back on track.”
“This incident absolutely devastated Lawrence’s family and highlights the extreme consequences of not taking care when driving. A collision can occur in an instant and have a massive impact on many people’s lives.
“It’s crucial that drivers take note of this case and ensure that they are extra vigilant when they are travelling near to schools. All too often we are contacted by families whose lives have been changed forever because of children being hit by drivers who are speeding or not paying attention.”
“Danielle has shown amazing determination so far and is making fantastic progress, but she still has a very long road to recovery ahead of her.
“We hope that now the criminal case is over, Danielle can place even more focus on her rehabilitation. We are working with Danielle to secure her the necessary funds to help with this process and to make sure she gets the specialist input she needs.
“Sadly, we have seen a number of cases where drivers have failed to take responsibility for their actions and fled the scene of an accident, leaving others seriously or fatally injured. This driver eventually admitted the offences she committed, which spared Danielle and her family the ordeal of a long trial, but the fact the driver fled the scene of the accident is really hard for Danielle and her family to come to terms with.”