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.

Testimonials

Claire "really fights and gets fantastic results" and "her depth of knowledge is excellent." - Chambers & Partners 2017

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

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

  • 08/05/2017
    Cyclist Left Brain Injured By Crash Speaks Out About Rehabilitation For Action For Brain Injury Week

    “Through our work we have seen numerous instances when people’s lives have been completely turned upside down as a result of a traumatic brain injury, whether it is survivors themselves, family members or friends. “Peter’s ordeal has been borne out of driver inattention and was a completely avoidable crash which has left him with serious injuries needing many months of intensive treatment and rehabilitative therapy. “It can be an incredibly difficult period of anyone’s life, but we also know how access to the right rehabilitation and support can help survivors get the best from life. “We are a proud supporter of the work of Headway and warmly welcome the focus of this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week. It is a vital reminder of how so many survivors – like Peter - are able to overcome incredible obstacles to regain much-needed independence.”

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  • 08/05/2017
    Storeman Left With Brain Injury After Work Accident Speaks Out For Action For Brain Injury Week

    “Through our work we have seen numerous instances when people’s lives have been completely turned upside down as a result of a traumatic brain injury, whether it is survivors themselves, family members or friends. “It can be an incredibly difficult period of anyone’s life, but we also know how access to the right rehabilitation and support can help survivors get the best from life. “We are a proud supporter of the work of Headway and warmly welcome the focus of this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week. It is a vital reminder of how so many survivors – like Michael - are able to overcome incredible obstacles to regain much-needed independence. “Misunderstandings surrounding his brain injury worry Michael the most. He fears that people assume he is drunk or stupid when he tries to speak with them or respond to a question. So he hopes that by being open about his injuries and life after the accident in general he can make people more aware of the everyday challenges brain injury survivors face.”

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  • 20/04/2017
    Southampton Lawyers Get Set To Tackle ABP 10km For Charity

    “For the last 20 years I have represented many local people who have been seriously injured, many of whom have unfortunately needed the Air Ambulance. “In May 2015, the work of this vital service came even closer to home when my then 18-year-old nephew, Nathan, was knocked over by a car in Winchester. He was unconscious and suffered a seizure at the scene. He suffered a mild head injury and facial fractures. “HIOWAA was dispatched along with other emergency vehicles and he was treated at the scene before being driven to Southampton General Hospital. Thankfully he recovered and I decided to give back to the amazing charity which helped him when he needed it most. “I am so proud of my colleagues who have pledged to raise as much as possible to ensure the service can continue to operate. “All of our competitors for the ABP 10km are already training hard in an effort to register strong times and smash personal bests – and there’s no greater motivation than knowing it will support a truly fantastic, life-saving cause.”

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  • 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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