Karen Codling leads the special damages team based in the Sheffield office, which has dedicated personnel who deal with the quantification of damages for all Irwin Mitchell personal injury claims nationally. The team has assessed the quantum on many high profile and boundary breaking cases which include the Claimants Warren and Annable in Heil v Rankin, the Hancock case, the Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease Litigation, the Hatfield and Selby cases, the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster and the Cadbury's cases. The specialist team’s work has been recognised in the 2011 edition of Legal 500.
The team has been established and developed in-house since 1990. Training is also provided for all case handlers nationally, when required, to ensure full understanding in relation to quantum and to maximise recovery of damages for clients to enhance their quality of life. Karen is a member of APIL.
Karen is a committee member of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation and works passionately fundraising for the office charity of the year. During her time at the firm Karen has volunteered to support the firm’s Right to Read scheme, aiding the development of young pupils at local schools. As part of this role, Karen has also developed links with local outreach and support groups such as the Sheffield Young Carers, Amy’s House and Breast Cancer Care. Karen has been a Trustee of Cavendish Cancer Care since 2009.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
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.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
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.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Being in a position that gives me the opportunity to help others, not just our client's but the local community through charity work and fund raising.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
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 am also involved in the local community through Irwin Mitchell's right to read scheme, which is aiding the development of young pupils at local schools.