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Since joining Irwin Mitchell in November 2004, I have acted on behalf of a number of current and former Armed Forces personnel, mainly in cases involving noise-induced hearing loss. However, I also have extensive experience in other types of industrial disease, such as hand arm vibration syndrome and repetitive strain injury.
My most notable case to date against the Armed Forces was that of Bell v Ministry of Defence. Mr Bell developed a significant loss of hearing following a training exercise at Catterick, which resulted in him recovering £40,000 in compensation. Mr Bell’s case was reported in several newspapers, both locally and nationally, and Mr Bell himself was interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire.
Initially, I was actually looking at a career in accountancy. However, when I realised that maths was perhaps not my strongest subject, I came to the conclusion that such a career may not be the best option for me and so I decided to take up law instead!
I am certainly glad I decided to take up a career in law, as it means that I now have the privilege of helping injured people obtain the compensation they deserve. Seeing and hearing how happy my clients are when I manage to secure a good result for them is definitely a very rewarding part of the job. It makes me realise that I definitely made the right choice to stay away from a career in accountancy!
In all of the years I have worked here, there has always been a very friendly atmosphere between colleagues.
The Partners in the firm are very approachable and are always on hand to help with any queries or problems. Similarly, the training I received from my immediate manager in my formative years with the firm was of the highest quality and definitely set me on the road to where I am now.
I am very much a family man and so spend my evenings and weekends with my wife and two boys. We (and when I say we, I mean my 3 year old son) love the outdoor life, which means we are often forced to spend weekends camping in a field in the middle of nowhere in the pouring rain. Seriously, I count myself lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world and love spending time in places like Derbyshire and the Lake District.
I also play the guitar (badly) and the drums (even worse). I enjoy travel and can often be found flying with discount airlines to the south of France.
Insofar as sport goes, I am an avid follower of Formula 1 and spend my Sunday afternoons shouting at certain drivers who decide to crash into Lewis Hamilton. For my sins, I am a fan of Sheffield Wednesday - our return to the promised land of the Premier League will come, watch this space!
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