Claire Howard

Partner

Biography

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 

Testimonials

Claire Howard is "a formidable advocate" and "consistently delivers an excellent service" - ​Legal 500 2016

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

"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



Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 02/12/2016
    Families Of Men Killed By Lorry Driver On Mobile Phone Speak Of Relief As He Is Jailed - Despite Trying To Retract Guilty Plea

    “Mees’ last minute application to withdraw his guilty plea caused significant hurt and distress to the families of Ion and Marian yesterday, who had to quickly come to terms with the realisation that they would have to wait for a trial date and endure hearing the details of that terrible day. “It is therefore a great relief to them to see Mees return to his original guilty plea, and be jailed today. “While a settlement can never make up for the unbearable loss of losing a loved one, both families have to deal with the loss on a practical level. Marian would send money back to Romania to support his parents and two brothers, and veronica has to face the reality of single parenthood and the financial, as well as emotional impact that this will continue to have on the family. “To lose a partner in this way is the stuff of nightmares, but to have your grief punctuated by money worries adds a new dimension of distress no one should have to suffer at such a difficult time. “We are now a year on from the accident, and a family with young children is having to go through another Christmas without a father and that is simply not acceptable. After being repatriated to Romania, Marian was buried on Christmas day. This usually festive period will forever be a reminder to Marian’s family of the loving son and brother they have lost. “Despite tragic collisions such as this, people are still using their mobile phones whilst driving and as a result people are being seriously injured and killed “The lesson from this horrific tragedy is simple; do not use mobile phones at the wheel. Whether through ignorance or arrogance, there is no excuse for putting people at risk.”

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  • 14/11/2016
    Serious Injury Lawyers Welcome Police Crackdown On Mobile Use

    “This is very welcome news from Hampshire Constabulary. At Irwin Mitchell we act for a great many clients who have been seriously injured as a result of road traffic accidents. I still find it alarming just how many of these are caused by drivers using their mobile phones and being distracted from their driving. The tragic accident on the A34 clearly shows the devastation that this can cause, but sadly this is not a one-off. In the last 12 months alone, we have been instructed by several families who have lost people on Hampshire’s roads, all down to drivers using their mobile phones. The very worst part is that it’s so avoidable. With this initiative coming shortly ahead of Brake Road Safety Week, which encourages drivers to take Brake’s Road Safety Pledge, I am hopeful that some momentum will be gained, and drivers will start to realise that by making a simple change and waiting to use their phone until they are pulled over in a safe place, safety on Hampshire’s roads will significantly improve.”

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  • 07/11/2016
    New Road Safety Campaign From Hampshire Fire And Rescue

    “This is a great campaign from Hampshire Fire and Rescue. This is an issue which affects all emergency services, but particularly the fire service due to the size of their vehicles. “We act for a large number of clients who have been injured either in road traffic accidents or accidents at work, who require emergency assistance from the fire service. If this assistance is delayed even by a few minutes, it could have made their chances of survival that much slimmer. “I strongly hope that campaigns such as this help to change driver behaviour, which will not only allow faster response times for emergency vehicles, but will in turn, make our roads safer by people driving more considerately and more carefully."

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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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