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I lead the Special Damages Unit, a team of dedicated personnel who deal with the quantification of financial losses. The Special Damages Unit, a resource unique to Irwin Mitchell, has been developed in-house since 1990 and boasts 20 members with a broad array of accountancy qualifications and work experience.
We’ve prepared schedules of loss for a number of high profile and boundary-breaking cases including the claimants Warren and Annable in Heil v Rankin, the June Hancock case, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease litigation, the Hatfield and Selby cases, the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster and the Cadbury's cases.
We produce schedules of loss on the basis of in-house procedures accounting for the latest case law and statistics. We’re continually updating our procedures and schedule templates to ensure that any changes in case law and statistics are reflected in all the schedules produced.
In addition to this, the team provide compensation advice to case handlers and at conferences. We also deliver firmwide training to ensure full understanding of compensation sums, and to maximise recovery of damages for clients to enhance their quality of life.
LA Law! I am not a qualified solicitor so didn't choose to do this as a university degree, it is a career that has developed with me. I have always wanted to do whatever I can to help other people.
When a personal injury claim reaches a conclusion, especially a catastrophic injury case, it is good to know that the work I have contributed to will make a positive impact on the remainder of the client's life.
Being in a position that gives me the opportunity to help others, not just our clients but the local community through charity work and fund raising.
I am heavily involved in the firm’s charity and corporate social responsibility activity. I work closely with Business in the Community to coordinate a number of initiatives between the firm and a local secondary school. Activities which we have been involved with include maths workshops (with members of my team), a reading partners initiative, careers aspiration presentations and CV/interview workshops as well as helping with a Dragon’s Den style review of business ideas in a national competition.
I have also co-ordinated initiatives for staff well-being and health with Activity Sheffield, including free health checks and pilates sessions.
I head up the Sheffield Children’s Group, as well as taking the Community role in the Social Responsibility Group in Sheffield.
In my spare time I am the family taxi! Taking and collecting my two daughters from numerous activities. I love cooking, going to the gym, reading and gardening.
I founded Sheffield Smashers Boccia club in 2011 in partnership with Activity Sheffield. The club is now one of the largest in the country and has affiliation to Boccia England.
In 2014, I also founded the RideforEric event after the death of my husband Eric. The ride was so successful that we decided to set up a trust, the aim being to fund a bereavement service and to promote safe cycling.
I have been on the board of Cavendish Cancer Care for over six years providing support to people living with a cancer diagnosis.
We were absolutely blown away by the standard of the presentations, delivered by the students who are all aged between 11 to 14. We are passionate about making sure that all children are given equal opportunities when it comes to shaping their future career paths. It’s been inspiring to watch the months of hard work that the pupils and mentors have put in come together for the final presentations and prize giving.
The feedback from the pupils and their teachers has been fantastic, and the high quality and innovation in all of the presentations is testament to the valuable new skills the groups have developed while taking part in the competition.
We hope that the pupils will walk away from this experience with new role models from the worlds of business and higher education and renewed ambition and determination for their lives after school. It has certainly given me lots to think about.
We recognised the pupils had something to offer and the elderly in the community were in need of social engagement and saw the opportunity to facilitate the relationship between the two.
Both the pupils and the elderly have loved meeting up and getting to know each other and we hope it’s something we can continue to build on in the future. We’re also offering members of the Forum advice on issues which affect the elderly, such as Wills, social care and Lasting Power of Attorney.
The objective of the competition is to support a group of students and help them develop new and valuable skills, while introducing them to positive role models from the world of higher education and the business community.
Many young people don’t get the support they need in learning about the employment opportunities that will be available to them after school or have the chance to develop the necessary skills and mind sets they’ll need to access them.
We hope that by teaming up with academics, BITC and fellow businesses we can help schools better prepare their pupils’ for employment which will not only help them as individuals but also provide a boost to Sheffield’s future skills pool and economy.
It has been incredible to see the improvement in the reading and mathematics skills of the children, all of those taking part in the scheme improving their reading ages by two to three years.
From a business point of view the number of our staff volunteering to take part in the scheme and help the children continues to grow, all of them reporting back about just how much they enjoy taking part and helping in the development of the students.
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