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I manage the Serious Injury team in the Manchester Office and am passionate about getting our clients the rehabilitation and compensation awards they need after they have sustained serious injuries in an accident. I have recovered tens of millions of pounds of compensation for my clients during my career, over a wide range of complex serious injury cases representing clients with brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations and complex orthopaedic injuries.
Some of my most recent settlements include:
I have expertise in securing substantial interim payments, some in excess of £1m for the purpose of providing accommodation, establishing case managed care and rehabilitation schemes for my seriously injured.
I also handle professional negligence cases against other solicitors arising from badly handled personal injury claims, and regularly present on the topic of rehabilitation and quantification of damages to health care professionals
My team were short listed for the Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards, 2010.
We also won Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards.
"He 'drives a hard bargain, fights his client's corner and gets the best deal possible,' enthused one source." - Chambers & Partners 2016
"Probably one of the best negotiators I've come across - he is streets ahead in terms of being able to get the best deal for his clients." - Chambers & Partners 2015
A "standout practitioner" and "absolutely tip-top." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"Jonathan Betts is excellent" - Legal 500 2014
"A great leader of his team - very hard-working and he keeps excellent relationships with his clients", "He was very helpful and supportive at a very difficult time." - Chambers & Partners 2013
"A passion to be honest and truthful to his clients" - Legal 500 2013
Whilst at school, I was not sure of which career path to take. My father had an interest in the law having been a police officer and I was encouraged to do some work experience placements with solicitors, the police and the CPS. I did an A-level general studies module in Law and visited a number of Courts including the Royal Courts of Justice in London. With this experience I wanted to be a solicitor so undertook my law degree and Legal Practice Course. I was told by a tutor that I had "good interpersonal skills" which would be suited to personal injury work and I then secured a training contract with a Personal Injury firm, Alexander Harris.
I take great pride in being able to help my clients and their families in their time of desperate need. This may be getting them the medical treatment, care, accommodation, aids, equipment and financial support they need in the immediate aftermath of the accident and injuries. I have to say that it never ceases to amaze me how much a simple "thank you" from my clients can mean to me when I have helped them get the compensation they need to provide for their future needs. I also have contact with a number of my ex clients who keep me appraised of everything they are getting up to (good and bad)
I love working with a team of people who are absolutely and utterly dedicated to doing all they can for our clients and potential clients, even where that means pushing the boundaries of the current law. That is not only my team in the Manchester office, or the Personal Injury lawyers in the firm in general, but the lawyers in other areas of law who will assist us in getting people what they need and are entitled to. We have access to public law experts who can ensure that clients get the appropriate services and housing from the local authority or the medical treatment and drugs they need. I have a case at the moment where I think I have engaged six different areas of the law who work with me in the Manchester office
I am a keen participant in the Liverpool Irish Golf Society who keep reducing my handicap! I have recently been encouraged to ski which has taken me to some wonderful parts of the world. Unfortunately this requires some level of fitness so I have been known from time to time to attend a gym.
I am also a Trustee and Director of Citizens Advice Trafford
“This is a fantastic achievement and we are incredibly proud of Deirdre. The award is hugely deserved and I’m very pleased she has been recognised for her outstanding work with clients suffering with brain injuries.
“Through the important work Deirdre and our personal injury team undertakes, we see the huge consequences that brain injuries have on sufferers and how those affected need specialist support to get the best from life.
“I’d also like to congratulate everyone else who was recognised at the event. It was a fantastic day and I look forward to next year’s event!”
“We’re supporting several families affected, either from losing their loved ones or those who have suffered physical and psychological injuries because of what happened”.
“It will take some time for people to recover from the trauma of what happened and it is important that those who were injured get the help and rehabilitation they need. Many others caught up in the blast have also lost friends and colleagues and may need counselling or therapy to recover mentally from this tragedy”.
“We will now be seeking to work with the authorities as we begin our own investigations into what happened and seek to provide the necessary support for the victims.”
While it must be welcomed that fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace have been on a downward trend for a few years now, we must remember that this is a reflection of the improved attitudes across the UK in relation to health and safety practices.
"The stringent checks and inspections that are in place, as well as the sanctions that businesses face for breaching the rules all help to reduce the number of injuries in the workplace.
"However, the figures show that 133 people still lost their lives at work across 2013/14 and each and every one of these will have had a massive impact on the lives of the families and communities in which they live. It is also unacceptable that 77,593 workers suffered serious injuries.
"There remains much to be done in terms of improving health and safety at work and while we welcome any measures by government to remove unnecessary red-tape for businesses, these figures are a reminder that there are simply too many people being injured or killed at work.
"Through our work helping injured victims and the families of those killed in accidents at work to gain justice regarding what they have been through, we have seen how so many of the ordeals they have could have been avoided – whether through the use of proper risk assessments, the correct protective clothing being given to employees or appropriate training being provided. The other major issue is making sure equipment is suitable for the task at hand and well maintained.
"The workplace injury figures are undoubtedly moving in the right direction, but there is plenty more to be done to ensure that the number of people killed or seriously injured falls further."
Serious incidents causing head, brain and spinal injuries can cause huge disruption to the lives of both the injured individual and their family, so we work hard to make sure that, as well as securing a financial settlement for our clients, we help them get early access to the best rehabilitation and other specialist support so they have the best possible quality of life.
“We are delighted that our approach to these cases has been praised by the judges, as the most important point for us at Irwin Mitchell is putting the client’s interests first. This particular case serves as an excellent example of what can be achieved with proactive case management and combining the multiple skills and expertise of the different lawyers available within Irwin Mitchell.”