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I have worked on behalf of clients with serious injury since qualifying as a solicitor and gained detailed specialist experience particularly in advising clients about traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma and amputation.
My experience of working with people who have suffered brain injury includes more subtle but still potentially significant concussive head injury cases including post-concussion syndrome, and more serious cases of long term cognitive and behavioural difficulties after moderate brain trauma.
I'm passionate about ensuring that clients are given the opportunity to access appropriate rehabilitation and support to overcome as best as possible the impact of a serious injury, and for partners and family to get the help that they need to understand what is going on and assist in the process.
My expertise includes accidents which occur on the road, in the workplace and in public areas. I have taken cases to disputed court hearings on behalf of seriously injured clients, especially where the question of fault has been in dispute. I have succeeded at trial in all cases that have not settled on liability disputes including acting for clients who were motorcyclists and pedestrians.
My role at Irwin Mitchell has included leading the brain injury special interest group from 2010 to 2013 and national serious injury group co-ordinator from 2013 onwards.
In June 2014 I moved my practice after 20 years in Sheffield to Cambridge to lead on the opening of a new office there for Irwin Mitchell.
I have supported various charities and support groups over the years, including as Trustee and Secretary with Headway North Derbyshire until retiring due to relocation in 2014.
Neil Whiteley is "incredibly up on the law, is very good at client management and knowing when to take a point and when not to" - Chambers & Partners 2017
Neil is "indefatigable" and "painstaking in his preparation" - Legal 500 2016
Neil is "one of the most thorough lawyers, meticulously prepared and with vast legal knowledge" - Legal 500 2015
I'm a co-author of the Guide to Claiming Compensation for Individuals with Brain Injury published by Headway, the Brain Injury Association.
I co-authored a chapter of "Good Practice in Brain Injury Case Management" published by JKP Publishers, 2006, London.
“We loved watching the Peterborough Phantoms lift the league trophy for a fourth consecutive time at the end of last season. Their success is testament to their hard work and passion, and we’re honoured to be associated with such a fantastic team.
“Through our work with clients affected by serious injury and disability, we’ve seen how disability sport can aid rehabilitation and help people turn their lives around. With our ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign, we want to encourage more people to get involved and enjoy disability sport together.
“Para ice hockey is a fast-paced, exciting game open to disabled and able-bodied players alike. The Phantoms are the perfect ambassadors for their sport – let’s hope they’re crowned champions again this year!”
"We are delighted to be taking part in the fundraising efforts to celebrate the fantastic achievement of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
“It is considered to be amongst the best in the world and we gladly support ACT in their mission to raise funds so patients can continue to benefit from their cutting edge and pioneering medical services."
Through the work we do, we see the devastating effects acquired brain injuries can have on individuals and the loved ones who provide care for them. Our experience has led us to work with Headway Suffolk to help the charity offer support to those affected as well as raise awareness of their role in the community.
The charity provides a vital service to those who have sustained a brain injury and other neurological conditions, and their families. The events they hold, such as this conference, offer an opportunity for those with brain injuries to meet others living with the same condition and gives them the chance to talk about their feelings with people who understand.
Having someone like Professor Hawking speak about his experience will hopefully offer hope and inspiration for others with severe neurological conditions.
“The advent of greater technology in cars is welcome as it should in theory lead to safer roads, fewer injuries and so fewer legal cases.
“But to ensure that people seriously injured in car accidents continue to be able to obtain the necessary support and compensation they need it is essential that the question of responsibility is made clear in relation to driverless technology.
“Drivers should ultimately be able to safely control a vehicle, even if that vehicle is in some form of automatic mode. Currently, it already happens with many vehicles fitted with a form of “cruise control,” such as cruise or lane control, and automatic breaking.
“There are potentially major risks if drivers are able to evade taking responsibility for what happens with their vehicle with potentially tragic consequences for themselves and other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists especially when an alert driver is able to respond to situations which the technology may not have done. The current thinking seems to be similarly enabled vehicles are very safe in relation to each other but the technology may be harder to make effective with the most vulnerable road users – pedestrians and cyclists.
“Those injured by automated vehicles should not be left with the only option of pursuing manufacturers for damages if they are severely injured – such product liability disputes could well be highly technical and expensive between injured victims and large, well-funded motor manufacturers. It is essential that motor insurance properly covers such situations so that individuals can obtain redress in the normal way.”
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