Claire Newstead

Partner

Biography

I manage the Polytrauma section of the serious injury team in our Leeds office, specialising in acting for clients who have been seriously injured as a result of road crashes and accidents at work. The majority of my clients have suffered from injuries including amputations, serious fractures requiring surgery, burns and scarring and psychological trauma.

I also have a special interest in Fatal Claims, representing families who have suffered bereavement as a result of either road crashes or accidents at work. I do the majority of this work in the Leeds office. In addition I have national responsibility for Irwin Mitchell’s relationship with BRAKE and our relationship with the Police. I am supported by a team of four.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy all aspects of the work I do, but what I find most rewarding is being able to make a difference to clients who have found themselves in a terrible situation through no fault of their own. Amongst many things this can be from securing an interim payment to help financially, to arranging treatment to assist with recovery.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The difference with working for Irwin Mitchell is that we have such a vast array of knowledge and in house support here which means we can provide a wealth of advice to our clients. There is always someone or a department that is able to assist no matter what the enquiry is.  We also provide a holistic approach to all cases.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy travelling and experiencing new places both at home and abroad. I swim regularly to keep fit, and to balance the fact that I enjoy dining out. I also enjoy reading.


Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 22/12/2016
    Family Relief As Driver Found Guilty Of Killing Father-Of-Four

    “As this case shows, the consequences of failing to be fully aware of other road users while driving can be fatal and devastating. Due to Mr Hall’s actions, four young children will now have to grow up without their father. “Nothing is more important than your own safety and the safety of others on the roads. It is vital that people remember this when while driving, particularly over the festive period, as we see first-hand on a daily basis the impact careless driving has on people’s lives.”

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  • 08/12/2016
    Careless HGV Driver Sentenced After Pleading Guilty To Killing A Mum and Her Daughter

    “This incident highlights the tragic and devastating consequences a lack of concentration and attention behind the wheel can have. “Nothing is more important than your own safety and the safety of others on the roads. It is vital that people remember this when while driving as we see first-hand on a daily basis the impact careless driving has on people’s lives.”

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  • 01/11/2016
    Lorry Driver Tomasz Kroker Sentenced To 10 Years After Causing Four-Death Crash

    “This incident was described by the judge as the most horrific she had ever seen and it shows the tragic and devastating consequences a lack of concentration and attention behind the wheel can have. “This incident took the lives of four people, left others seriously injured and left two families having to deal with the tragedy of losing loved ones. These families must live with the consequences of someone else’s decision for the rest of their lives. “Using a mobile phone behind the wheel can have tragic consequences, as this incident shows, and it is absolutely imperative all road users take their own safety, and the safety of others, seriously when they get behind the wheel.”

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  • 19/09/2016
    Motorists Caught Twice Using A Mobile Phone Whilst Driving Will Be Banned, Says Government

    “We welcome the new government plans to impose stricter regulations on drivers using mobile phones. “Not only is it illegal to drink and drive, or take drugs and drive, but they are taboos that are widely frowned upon by society. Driving whilst using a mobile phone needs to have the same level of negative outlook whereby driving whilst texting or calling someone shouldn’t be classed as acceptable or the norm. “We are surrounded by technology but once in front of the wheel, putting your phone away needs to be raised as a crucial issue as this distraction can lead to devastating fatal crashes, as proved by government figures and that we have sadly found with some of our clients. “We look forward to seeing the government plans in place next year to help combat this growing problem.”

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