Claire Howard



I am head of the Serious Injury team in Southampton and specialise in claims for adults and children who have suffered life-changing injuries, which may include brain or spinal injury. These injuries can result from road accidents, accidents at work, falls from height, defective products or chemical exposure.

I have over 20 years of experience and have acted on behalf of accident victims throughout that time. I am client-focused from the outset. I always ensure that clients receive the rehabilitation they need via co-operation with the defendant insurer, issuing proceedings early and securing court ordered payments or, if liability is disputed, ensuring the NHS provide all available support.

APIL Spinal Cord Specialist APIL Fellow APIL Brain Injury Specialist

 "A remarkable lawyer who does tremendous work for her clients" - Chambers & Partners 2016

Claire Howard is a "top-quality litigator" - Legal 500 2015

"Claire Howard 'is very committed,' 'works hard' and 'has great judgment', sources say. She frequently handles complex and high-value claims." - Chambers & Partners 2015

Sources describe her as an "expert in the field" and "always responsive" - Chambers & Partners 2014

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

To be honest, I fell into it.  I wanted to go to university and law seemed a good option. Having completed the degree it seemed sensible to qualify as a solicitor. During my training I realised that personal injury litigation was the area for me. It suited my personality and I really enjoy the client contact and being fulfilled by making a real difference to peoples' lives.  

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role? 

I am in a very privileged position. I come into peoples' lives when they can be in crisis, and am able to take away some of their worries and help individuals and their families rebuild their lives 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell? 

I enjoy the camaraderie, the fresh and vibrant feel of the new office and working with like-minded individuals where the client always comes first. 

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I try to support people with a brain injury within the local community as a committee member for the Isle of Wight Headway branch. I volunteer at monthly support group meetings, fundraise and have advocated on behalf of service users and their families. Each year I attend the Headway National Conference and AGM. Out of the office, I enjoy walking Baxter, my flat coat retriever, foreign travel and spending time with my family.

Client Testimonials

"I hope you know by now how much we value you and how grateful we are to have had you on our side all through this. You have been truly marvellous every step of the way and we have had complete faith in you throughout!" - JC

"Thank you for all your continued support. It has meant so much to me and Andy. I know people will say well it's your job but you always seemed to go that extra mile and encourage. There was many a time that I felt like throwing in the towel but you always gave me that 'fire in my belly' to continue....Thank you" - JL

"Claire has been a pillar of support from our initial contact through to the completion of our claim. We would have no hesitation in recommending her to other families finding themselves in our position" - Mr & Mrs C

"I would like to thank Claire Howard for her consummate professional assistance over the years in what has been a challenging and very complex case. Thank you - you have been great!" - LS

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  • 06/10/2016
    Hampshire Harriers Showcase Their Skill With The Help Of A New Sponsor

    “Yesterday’s event was the perfect occasion to celebrate our new partnership with the Hampshire Harriers wheelchair basketball team and showcase the many benefits of playing and supporting disability sport. “We experienced being able to take part in wheelchair basketball, it truly is an inclusive sport and it’s brilliant that the chair acts as a levelling device which enables everyone to play together. “Through the work we do, we see the role physical activity can play in rehabilitation, and how it can help our clients recovering from a serious injury to adapt to new challenges and changes in their lives. “After the brilliance of our Paralympians in Brazil there is a feel-good factor around disability sport and it’s important that this continues and together we help increase participation and interest all year round – not just every four years.”

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  • 21/09/2016
    Expert serious Injury Lawyers Herald Start Of European Day Without a Road Death Initiative

    “We have seen first-hand the devastation recklessness on the roads can have on our clients – from serious brain injury to paralysis and, of course, death. “The worst part of so many of these accidents is that they are so easily avoidable had everyone been focussing on the road and their driving. “As a firm, our commitment to road safety means that we actively support initiatives such as Project EDWARD and I would encourage anyone and everyone to visit the TISPOL website, read the case studies and really make an effort to make the roads safer for everyone.”

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  • 05/09/2016
    Lives 'Could Be At Risk' With M4 Hard Shoulder Development

    “Whilst nobody can argue that expanding the motorway network and improving the flow of traffic for motorists along one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country is not important, it is, in our view, crucially important to consider the safety implications of the proposed changes. “The hard shoulder acts as a vital space for broken down vehicles to seek refuge from live motorway traffic. Occupants of broken down vehicles then have the opportunity to exit the vehicle and get to safety on the other side of the crash barrier. “The hard shoulder also acts as a crucial facility for emergency services. When serious road traffic accidents occur, every passing minute can be a matter of life or death. If the traffic is queued up behind an accident, the hard shoulder gives the emergency services a way of reaching the scene quickly and safely. “If the hard shoulder is removed even for a short section of motorway, this area of safety would no longer exist. Broken down vehicles would be left stranded on live carriageway, potentially causing far more significant delays that currently exist. Emergency service vehicles would also then be stranded in the queuing traffic. Even once they arrived on the scene, both breakdown operatives and emergency service personnel would have to work in the carriageway, exposing them to far greater risks that currently exist. “As a firm, we act for a great number of clients who have been seriously injured on the motorways, and we see the enormous damage that can be caused as a result of an accident. Given this, we feel it is crucial that safety is the number one concern for road and traffic planners, and that risk to any road user should be minimised wherever possible.”

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  • 15/07/2016
    Man Struck By Driver On Mobile Phone Has Been "Left With Life Sentence" As Driver Avoids Prison

    “The conviction and sentencing of the other driver is bittersweet for Robert, who’s life changing injuries impact on him far more than any sentence handed down to the guilty party. “In truth, no one is a winner in this case. Robert must live with the consequences of someone else’s decision for the rest of his life and the other driver must live with that knowledge, as well as his own injuries. “Robert has come a long way since the crash last year and has shown incredible strength, but understandably is still struggling to come to terms with the long-term implications of the crash. “We will now be working with Robert to assess his needs in order to access funding for his ongoing therapy, home adaptations and any care needs he may have.”

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